Where is Margaret Becker Now?
Where is Margaret Becker now? Ever since the 80s, Becker has been a mainstay of Contemporary Christian music. She has had twenty-one No. 1 Christian radio hits, won four Dove Awards, and has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. However, since 2007, after the release of her latest solo album "Air," she has not had a follow-up solo studio album.
Of late, Becker has taken up the role of a producer. She has recently produced Riki Michele's new album "PUSH." Michele explains how she came to work with Becker. "I came to out to Nashville to attend a function for a friend of mine," recalls Michele, "and needed to turn it into a writing trip with some of my peeps including Margaret Becker. I am very uncomfortable writing on demand with other people, as I have little experience in that area. I was shaking like a Chihuahua when I arrived at Margaret's. She put me right at ease, got me a glass of wine and a blanket, and I fell in love with her immediately. "
"I brought a couple song ideas with me, but we basically wrote a whole song together in that first two hour session and I was really happy with the outcome. On the plane ride home to San Diego I decided I would like to at least write more with her, if not have her produce the record completely. Then when we agreed to do the whole project together and made it intentional, it felt like a perfect fit - extremely comforting-and that's what I needed. I needed it to be a comfortable and nurturing environment to create this record."
"Margaret is the smartest person I have ever been in the studio with. That was both absolutely wonderful and terrifying, but Maggie was definitely a guidance counselor more than anything else, and would say things like, 'I'm just here to serve you and serve the song and what you want the message to be.' We wrote together via Skype sessions that were amazingly productive, but we also shared a tremendous amount of music with each other to listen to for inspiration."
In 1985, Becker 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 she 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".
Becker began working with producer Charlie Peacock starting with 1989'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, 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. Although she was raised in Catholicism, Margaret currently attends a non-denominational church in Nashville, TN. After 1995's Grace, Becker decided to take a sabbatical from the music industry; during this time she wrote a book entitled With New Eyes and wrote editorials for Campus Life magazine.
She 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 (Warner Bros. Records, 1994), Listen to Our Hearts (Sparrow, 1998), Heaven and Earth (Sparrow, 1999), and the New Irish Hymns series (Kingsway Music), and is one of the members of the 1994 collaboration Ashton, Becker, and Denté. She co-wrote Bob Carlisle's "Bridge Between Two Hearts". Her 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. In late 2007, Becker's newest album, Air, was released.
Becker gives teaching seminars across the United States. She also produces records for other singers, and in 2006 she wrote a series of columns for CCM Magazine. Becker has also been active in supporting charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Compassion International, and World Vision.
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