Zoe means life. Not just life in general, but the kind of life attained through living according to the will of God in Christ Jesus. We want our lives to be examples of that - being a 'ZOEgirl'," explains Kristin Swinford, ZOEgirl.
Offering an upbeat, energetic mix of dance beats, R&B flavors, choreographed stage moves and pristine layered vocals, Chrissy Conway, Alisa Girard, and Kristin Swinford seem to be the genuine article, perfectly fitted to present the gospel to a young demographic weaned on MTV's fast cut images.
"We all come from really different backgrounds culturally and spiritually," Alisa says. "But the first time the three of us sat down and talked, we were amazed at how we all had the same goals and the same vision for ministering through music," Kristin adds. "There are so many kids out there who aren't hearing any messages of hope from the pop culture that influences them so heavily. We want to bring them the message of Jesus in a way they can connect with." In a world where it's becoming less acceptable to talk openly about Jesus Christ, we want people to know we're not ashamed, and we want to encourage kids who are believers to take a stand with us."
Intentionally aiming their songwriting at a young audience, the early twenty-something members of ZOEgirl gravitated towards issues that effect the lives of teens today.
Abstinence, temptation, and the search for identity, became topics addressed alongside more vertical tunes, such as the hooky, R&B-laced "Anything Is Possible," that simply praises God for his enduring faithfulness and his ability to change hearts and lives.
"It's so important for kids, even those who have grown up in the church, to know that God is alive and working in people's lives," Kristin comments. "They need to know that he's personal for them, and that he's not only a God of mercy, but a God of miracles and changed lives."
"We don't want to be a group that just gets up there and does their show and then goes home and watches TV all night," says Chrissy. "We really have a heart for the ministry and for the kids that we're singing to. So many parents have already thanked us for the positive alternative we're presenting. That's encouraging. Our purpose as ZOEgirl is just to minister to kids however we can."