Gulfport Couple Beat All Odds Winning a Josie at 2019 Josie Music Awards


Oct. 2, 2019 / PRZen / GULFPORT, Miss. -- In early September of 2018, husband and wife music ministry team, Harold and Paula Vega Vondenstein, of Bible Belt Blues, began their journey of creating music together as a couple. Amazingly, a year later, with two Christian albums under their belt that they created, recorded, mixed, and mastered in their own home recording studio, they beat all odds and took home a coveted Josie for Duo/Band for the genre of Gospel/ Christian/ Inspirational on Sept. 21st at the 2019 Josie Music Awards. The Fifth Annual Josie Music Awards, which is the most prestigious red carpet award ceremony to recognize the talent of Indie artists, was held at Dollywood Theater in Pigeon, Forge, Tennessee. More than 23,000 nominations were submitted across all genres from around the globe and were reviewed by a panel of professional judges.

Since January of 2019 the Vondensteins have released two albums, "I'm Not Ashamed to Be a Christian" and "My God, My God." In March of 2019 Bible Belt Blues was taken into the Bill and Kat Radio's Cross 104 Gospel Blues Hour Syndicated Program. Eleven of their Bible Belt Blues songs have already received radio airplay resulting in numerous placements on the Roots Music Report.

A talent Paula had for lyric writing that had been sitting dormant for over 40 years suddenly blossomed after Paula convinced Harold to let her write the lyrics first. The lyrics starting flowing: bold, biblically sound lyrics like she had never heard before on radio or in church these days. Her husband is a gifted guitarist, vocalist, and harmonica player and had been creating Christian music prior to their marriage. The Vondensteins would stay up till the wee hours of the morning crafting music together after first praying to the Holy Spirit.

Bible Belt Blues' music influence is unmistakably early Mississippi Bentonia blues and their lyrics are bold and biblically sound.  Bible Belt Blues has positioned itself in a unique place within the Christian music genre with a sound so fresh with its wailing harmonica and gritty guitar picking seamlessly blended with its full-fledged repentance songs and songs for church revivals. Their music can be streamed on Spotify or available for download purchase at the CD Baby Store. Physical album CDs are available at special events and on their website.

The Vondensteins met five years ago on Christmas Day in 2014 after Paula placed an ad in Christian Mingle asking for a Christian musician who would not set limits on what God could accomplish through him. Harold responded and the rest is history. BibleBeltBlues.org

Contact
Paula Vega Vondenstein
Lyricist/ Producer/ Marketing Director
(228) 357-0088
paula@biblebeltblues.org

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