Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Nichole Nordeman grew up in Colorado and was working as a waitress in Los Angeles when she entered a contest sponsored by the Gospel Music Association's Academy of Gospel Music Arts, winning with her song, "Why." This led to the release of her first album, Wide Eyed, which produced four hits on the Christian adult contemporary charts, sold 130,000 copies, and brought her a Dove nomination for Best New Artist in 1999.
She has since won multiple GMA Dove Awards, including two awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. Her best-known songs include "Why", "This Mystery", "Holy", "Legacy", "Brave", and "What If". She also sang a song on the soundtrack Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia, called "I Will Believe."
Official site: www.nicholenordeman.com