Enjoy a wonderful Christmas concert with Alisa Childers and Chuck Girard.
Admission is free!
Alisa Childers is known as a member of the all-female Christian music group ZOEgirl. Alisa was born to Karen and Christian music pioneer, Chuck Girard of Love Song. She grew up in San Fernando Valley, California. Alisa studied gymnastics and piano at a young age. At the age of 21, she moved to New York and ran a youth center in southeast Manhattan.
Alisa left New York and moved back to California, where she was contacted by a family friend about starting a group upon her return. After a few months, Alisa agreed to pursue the idea. She was introduced to Kristin Swinford-Schweain and the two began composing songs. A few months later, Chrissy Conway-Katina joined the group. In 1999, ZOEgirl was signed to Sparrow Records. While with ZOEgirl, Alisa wrote the singles "I Believe," "One Day," "Unchangeable," and "Scream." ZOEgirl stayed together for seven years. At the end of 2006, Alisa started a solo career.
Alisa has authored two books. Her first, “Another Gospel” recounts her experience with progressive Christianity and deconstruction. She attended what was portrayed as a Bible study, but what she concluded was an attempt to destroy her faith, and her journey back to the faith she once held. Alisa’s second book, “Live Your Truth and Other Lies” continues in the same vein as her prior book, countering common phrases heard in the secular world.
Alisa is married to Mike Childers, who played drums for ZOEgirl. On October 9, 2008, the couple had their first child together. Alisa gave birth to a second child in 2011.
Chuck Girard, singer, songwriter, recording artist, and worship leader, is one of the pioneers of Contemporary Christian Music. He was co-founder and lead singer of the group LOVE SONG from it’s beginning to the present. Born in Los Angeles, and raised in both Southern and Northern California, Chuck began playing music at an early age. In his teens, he formed a group called THE CASTELLS, which had two national top 20 hits, “Sacred” and “So This Is Love.” They also released the song “I Do,” which was produced by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. It was during this time as a teenager that Chuck shared the stage with stars such as Roy Orbison, Jan and Dean, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bobby Vee, Jackie Wilson, Brenda Lee and others. This led to a successful career as a studio singer and musician which included singing the lead vocals on THE HONDELLS first two albums and their biggest hit, “Little Honda.”
In his early twenties Chuck became disillusioned with life, and like so many of his generation began experimenting with drugs. This led to a five-year search for God through LSD, eastern religion, and a committed “hippie” lifestyle.
His search ended in 1970 at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa when he found true spiritual reality through accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior. Girard was already in a group call LOVE SONG, and along with the conversions of the band members came the radical change in their message. Previously playing clubs, preaching “peace and love” and LSD as the way to find God, they now had a new message, and with this change helped blaze the path for the beginnings of what would become known as “The Jesus Movement” and Contemporary Christian Music. Chuck played with LOVE SONG for the next three years before launching solo with his first self-titled album CHUCK GIRARD that produced his most renowned song “Sometimes Alleluia.”
Chuck has released many albums, toured the US, Europe, and Australia several times both solo and with the CHUCK GIRARD BAND. He has toured in Indonesia, Africa, Mexico, Canada, and most recently, the Middle East. In 1981 at the peak of his solo career, Chuck left the spotlight of the concert scene and focused his attention on the new direction that God had birthed…a return to the simplicity of worship and the church. In this capacity, Chuck to this day ministers through music, worship, and teaching in the United States and around the world. This is where it all started for Chuck. He and his wife Karen have four daughters, three granddaughters, and two grandsons.