JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Singer and songwriter Laura Story was awarded a plaque by the Johns Creek City Council on July 23 in Johns Creek.
The award was intended to recognize Story for winning a Grammy in February and for her spiritual leadership and dedication to music.
Story won the Grammy for “Best Contemporary Christian Song” for a song she wrote called “Blessings.”
Story, who began writing music in college, was inspired to write the song after her husband, Martin Elvington, was hospitalized for a brain tumor in 2006. The lyrics are an ode to the battle the two endured together and how religion played a role throughout the struggle.
“I think my faith is what got us through and also continues to get us through,” Story said. “It’s this belief that God has a bigger plan for our lives than what we can see in the here and now.”
Story and Elvington moved to Johns Creek seven years ago when Story was given a job as worship leader at Perimeter Church. The city has felt like home to couple ever since.
In addition to leading worship, Story equally enjoys the time she spends counseling members of the congregation who are going through anything from marital issues to addiction.
“That’s coming from someone who does not have it all together, and I have a lot I feel like I can share because of how much God has brought me through,” Story said.
Though Story has been earning international recognition, she continues to focus on her role at the church. Members say she can usually be seen in comfortable shoes, with her hair in a ponytail and no make up.
“Laura is just the most authentic person you’ll meet,” said Lauren Lopez, an account executive in the communications department at Perimeter.
Lopez, who also grew up in the church, has witnessed the effect Story has had on the congregation. “She’s worshipping as she’s singing,” Lopez said. “For Laura, she’s singing to God; she doesn’t really focus on the crowd or who else is out there. It’s just about the worship.”
In the future, Story intends to keep pursuing music while staying firmly grounded at Perimeter. She and Elvington are expecting their first child in mid-September – just months before she is scheduled to embark on the 12 Gifts of Christmas Tour with musicians such as Steven Curtis Chapman in early December.
“It’ll be me, and my husband and a baby in a tour bus, so we’re excited about that,” Story said.
The tour is scheduled to stop at the Gwinnett Arena on Dec. 16.
Following the tour, Story intends to work on a new album to be released in the spring. Despite her busy schedule, however, she is confident that her music career will not distract her from her job at Perimeter Church. Story and her husband have decided to stay with the church for as long as they are welcome.
“Perimeter is more than just a church for us,” Story said. “It’s really been a home – and we don’t feel like God is calling us to leave our home any time soon.”