CIU Alumna Wins Grammy Award

February 13, 2012

Christian singer/songwriter Laura Story, a 2003 graduate of Columbia International University, earned a Grammy for her song “Blessings,” which she wrote and recorded.  Story received the award in the Best Contemporary Christian Song category during the afternoon ceremonies at The 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Story, a native of Spartanburg, S.C. told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal that she was “just so shocked” after walking the red carpet with her husband Martin Elvington to receive the honor.      

“Blessings” was written after Martin developed a brain tumor in 2006.  Story says the song is a reminder that God remains faithful even when He doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want Him to. She says that’s why there are a lot of “what ifs” in the chorus of the song:

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

Laura Story talks more about the song “Blessings” in a video at her website:

Read about Laura Story’s reaction to receiving the award at:

Meanwhile, more congratulations are in order for Martin and Laura.  They are expecting their first child.