Kirkland Teacher Wins Spirit 105.3 Contest

Heather Andersen, a teacher at Kirkland (Wash.) Seventh-day Adventist School, entered her song "My Heart Is Your Home" in Spirit 105.3's Local Music Project.

The Local Music Project searches for rising local artists who enter their songs in hopes of a first place title and a recording deal. Listeners vote each week and weekly winners advance to the final round.

Andersen was shocked when she won for her week. "I didn't think that they would choose me, since the other contestants had songs that sounded so 'professionally recorded,'" she says. "But I decided to trust that if God wanted this to happen, then He would make a way. Whether I won or lost, either way, it was an honor to have made it as far as I did."

Andersen, a third- and fourth-grade teacher, enjoys writing songs, playing her guitar and singing with her students. She looks forward to making an album someday or selling her songs to other artists.

"I give God the glory for bringing me to this place in my life," says Andersen, after winning the contest. "He gave me the words, the voice and the opportunities that have brought me where I am."

Andersen performed her winning song at Seattle's Key Arena to open a Jeremy Camp concert and performed at South Hill Mall in Puyallup, Wash., in mid-November 2010.

To read Andersen's firsthand narrative of her experience at

January 01, 2011 / Washington Conference