Cindy Wilt Colville isn't a name you'll hear on the radio. She doesn't sing the hottest Christian songs or tour the country, performing at Christian music festivals and venues. However, that doesn't change the fact that the CCM veteran has helped shape and mold the Christian music industry for the past 25 years.
Today, Cindy needs our prayers. She has been battling cancer and is currently in hospice care. Since her diagnosis, Cindy’s desire has been that God be glorified and that the church be reassured of His faithfulness. Coming together in prayer will do just that.
Cindy started her music career working with award-winning producer Greg Nelson as a Production Manager. Steven Curtis Chapman’s first four records found her as the PM. Colville then moved into publishing. For 15 years, she was a music publisher with two of Christian music's largest publishing companies: Benson and Word Music Publishing. While Vice President at Word, Cindy signed and developed top songwriting talents Cindy Morgan, Clint Lagerberg, Jason Ingram, Jason Walker and Matthew West (to name a few). She also worked for two years as the day-to-day manager for award-winning Sparrow recording artist Matthew West.
As a speaker, Cindy has led workshops for songwriter communities in California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas. She has spoken at conferences in Buffalo, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis. Twice a year she leads the Songwriting Intensive Retreat drawing songwriters from around the country. She also leads the songwriter track for the Gospel Music Association's Immerse Training Conference. In 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 she directed the ASCAP Foundation’s Christian Songwriters Workshop.
In her spare time, Cindy has volunteered at the Tennessee Prison for Women for the past several years.
Jackie Patillo, the Gospel Music Association's Executive Director, has asked that we all take a moment today at 2 p.m. CT to lift Cindy and her husband Bruce up in prayer. The family has asked that we pray for comfort and peace through the journey, protection from pain and fear and continued sweet time with family and friends.
Edited to add: I have just been told that Cindy has gone home and her suffering is over. Please continue to pray for her family and friends as they walk towards healing. - July 10, 2014 2:12 p.m. (ET)