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Roswell city employee's music wins national prize
by Joan Durbin
August 07, 2013 10:42 AM | 2389 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carisa Turner wins national songwriting contest.
Carisa Turner wins national songwriting contest.
Technically, Carisa Turner missed the deadline to enter a national songwriting contest sponsored by the Christian Women in Media Association.

“I found out about it the day after it closed, but when I emailed them the lady said if I could get my entries to her that day, they’d be accepted,” Turner said.

Lucky for her, because of the three songs she submitted, two finished in the top 10 and the third took the grand prize.

That song, “Lost at Sea,” is “intensely personal,” Turner said.

“It was written as I was going through probably one of the darkest seasons of my life. I felt like I was sinking. It’s a cross between a prayer and a journal entry. A lot of it just poured out of me.”

The song’s refrain is a plea for God’s aid and support.

“Here I am once again, broken at your feet

Here I am once again, oh will you rescue me?

And pull me out of this water that I’m drownin’ in

The waves are rising and I can’t find a way to swim

Back to the shore without you, I’ll be lost at sea.”

A music worship leader at Grace North Atlanta in Alpharetta, Christian themes are the backbone of almost all of Turner’s songs, which she has been writing since she was 13 years old. She composes her melodies on piano, guitar and ukulele.

“I describe my music as light pop, with an inspirational edge,” Turner said. “I hope it inspires change in people to seek God more fully.”

Three days a week, the 28-year-old Woodstock resident is a public relations specialist in Roswell city government, where her husband Kevin also works as a city planner. While it’s a good fit for her professional skills, Turner is hoping that someday music will be her full-time career.

That’s why the July showcase performance in Nashville that was part of her songwriting prize was so exciting. “I definitely hope it helps my career in music grow. I think it will open doors allowing me to share my music,” Turner said.

“Lost at Sea’ as well as Turner’s two other top 10 songs are part of her debut EP project, “‘Stop the Noise,” which was released in November 2011. To learn more about the EP or hear samples of her music, visit

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