What do you do when you've been a singer-songwriter for almost twenty years, with twenty number one singles, four Grammy Nominations, four Dove Awards, seven Songwriter of the Year awards, countless tours around the world and three books to your credit? You look for new ways to use your resources. At least that is what Margaret Becker has done.
"I have been so fortunate to have years working at my craft. I've had great support from the people around me, and it was with that support that I looked outside of my normal field and began seeking other dreams, other ways to be responsible with what I've received."
Margaret Becker moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1985, and signed to Sparrow Records as a songwriter; soon after she toured with Rick Cua as a backup singer and sang on Steve Camp's 1986 album One on One. The next year Margaret Becker landed a contract as a solo artist, and released her debut album, Never for Nothing. The single "Fight for God" was her first hit, and her second LP, The Reckoning, followed with two more hits, "Light in the Darkness" and "Find Me".
Margaret Becker began working with producer Charlie Peacock starting with 1990's Immigrant's Daughter, and a string of successful albums followed, including a Spanish language LP. She won two Dove Awards in 1992, for Rock Album (Simple House) and Rock Song ("Simple House"). However, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Margaret Becker occasionally encountered controversy in the world of Contemporary Christian music because she is a Roman Catholic; some Christian stores refused to carry her album, and her concert appearances were sometimes picketed. After 1995's Grace, Margaret Becker decided to take a sabbatical from the music industry; during this time she wrote a book entitled With New Eyes.
Margaret Becker left Sparrow Records in 2002 but has continued to record since then, both her own albums and for compilation albums. She appears on the albums Sisters, Listen to Our Hearts, Heaven and Earth and the New Irish Hymns series, and is one of the members of Ashton, Becker, and Denté. In late 2007, Margaret Becker's most recent album, Air, was released.
The Other Dreams have fared well. Margaret Becker's second book, Growing Up Together, appeared in 2000; her third, With New Eyes, came out in 2004, and a fourth, Coming Up for Air, was published in 2006. From producing other artists like Rita Springer, Ginny Owens, to the successful launch of her own publishing company, Modernm, Margaret Becker has shown that chasing dreams can last a lifetime. And that is just one of the themes she has been highlighting in her keynote speaking engagements and in fourth third book, Coming Up For Air.
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|Never for Nothing||1987||Sparrow Records|
|The Reckoning||1988||Sparrow Records|
|Immigrant's Daughter||1990||Sparrow Records|
|Simple House||1991||Sparrow Records|
|Fiel A Ti||1995||Sparrow Records|
|Falling Forward||1998||Sparrow Records|
|What Kind of Love||1999||Sparrow Records|
|New Irish Hymns||2001||Kingsway Music|
|Just Come In||2003||Cross Driven|
|New Irish Hymns 2||2003||Kingsway Music|
|Faithfully Yours: Psalms||2004||Independent|
|New Irish Hymns #3 Incarnation||2004||Kingsway Music|
|New Irish Hymns #4: Hymns for the Life of the Church||2005||Kingsway Music|