Katy Hudson

As with the mainstream music world, contemporary Christian music boasts many young female artists.

As with the mainstream music world, contemporary Christian music boasts many young female artists. But Katy Hudson occupies a different niche from that of her counterparts. Instead of polished pop or youth-oriented hip-hop, Hudson delivers a textured modern-rock collection that is equal parts grit and vulnerability. She also either wrote or co-wrote all the songs on this impressive debut. The daughter of an evangelist who kept the family moving around the country, Hudson clearly writes from experience, whether in songs that wrestle with fear ("My Own Monster"), hypocrisy ("Spit"), and the strength and peace that can come through faith ("Faith Won't Fail"). This talent has already caught the attention of Dove Award-winning Gotee artist Jennifer Knapp, who signed Hudson as the first management client to her Alabaster Arts company. Distributed by Pamplin.—DEP