Humble yourself before your Lord and King

Humble Youself

Who is the man for whom the Lord will have regard
He who is broken and has a humble heart
God is not impressed with the loftiness of man
For everything was made for Him,
And comes from His own hand.

So… Humble yourself before your Lord and King
Give Him your heart, offer your everything
There’s no limit, on the love He has for you
So humble yourself and see what God will do.

Who are the people that the Lord will bless
Those who love and fear Him and seek His righteousness
Nothing else in all the world can satisfy your soul
But the One who made the universe
He longs to make you whole.

So… Humble yourself before your Lord and King
Give Him your heart, offer your everything
There’s no limit, on the love He has for you
So humble yourself and see what God will do.

If My people humble themselves and pray,
I will hear them, lead them in My ways.
Humble yourself and let Him have His way.
Love His Word and His will obey.
For His eyes are on the one whose heart is true
So humble yourself and see what God will do.

Humble yourself before your Lord and King
Give Him your heart, offer your everything
There’s no limit, on the love He has for you
So humble yourself and see what God will do.

One of my best songs of Kelly Willard is the one she performed as a Featured Soloist in the Maranatha Praise Series Number 12. So Humble Yourself.

About Kelly Willard

“Simple, honest, unpretentious, easy to listen to over and over…”

These are a few words that many people use when describing the music and voice of Kelly Willard.

Although Kelly has lent her talents to the atistry of such well-known artists as Bob Bennett, Bruce Carroll, Jim Cole, Dion DiMucci, Bob Fitts, Amy Grant, Buddy Greene, Keith Green, Steve Green, Karen Lafferty, Lenny LeBlanc, Fernando Ortega, Twila Paris,  Ricky Skaggs, Paul Overstreet, and inumerable Praise and Worship recordings over the years, she remains as simple and approachable as a person can be.

Born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida, Kelly took to the piano at the tender age of five. Piano lessons were short-lived, as she preferred the unconventional path of playing ‘by ear’. Learning by listening to the radio and recordings, Kelly began to compose her own songs when she was thirteen years old. Accompanying the choir at her church, playing and singing in nursing homes on Sunday afternoons, and traveling with a part-time Gospel group on weekends kept her sharing her talents with people.

At the young age of sixteen years, Kelly moved to Nashville, TN, where music became her livelihood. Taking the opportunities afforded her to accompany such groups as The Jake Hess Sound, The Archers, and Seth, she continued to offer her God-given abilities. But, Kelly credits her vocal development to a man from Oklahoma City, OK, named Harlan Rogers. She says that he encouraged her and taught her, actually having to talk he into singing solos. “I really didn’t think I had what it took to sing solo, but Harlan kept insisting that I did, and if it weren’t for his influence and belief in my giftings, I probably never would have sung anything outside of a ‘group’ setting.”

Kelly married at age eighteen, joined Harlan Rogers & Friends, and traveled the midwest until 1977, when she and her husband, Dan, moved to Southern California to be a part pf the then current flow of “Jesus Music” people, ministering and recording in that area. She played keyboards and sung background vocals on projects for such artists as Karen Lafferty, Bob Bennett, Tommy Coomes, Roby Duke, and Lewis McVay before Maranatha!Music approached her to record her own solo project.

1979 witnessed the release of her first solo album titled, BLAME IT ON THE ONE I LOVE, produced by Jonathan David Brown. The release of this album thrust Kelly into the eyes, ears and hearts of the public, as much of her music received extensive National radio airplay, and she began touring the United States and other countries.

In 1981 Kelly was involved in the production of her second album, WILLING HEART.

1983 brought the release of her next “project”, a son, named BRYAN ASHER WILLARD. Bryan is a musician/writer/worship leader in his own right, and lives with his wife and three daughters in Wisconsin. He is currently working with Jason Upton’s ministry, THE KEY OF DAVID, as well as playing the bass guitar with Jason’s band. Later that same year Maranatha!Music released what many people have termed their “favorite Kelly Willard album, titled PSALMS,HYMNS & SPIRITUAL SONGS. This recording is what Kelly considers “a personal look at her relationship with God, through worshipful music.”

In 1986, Kelly bore a second child, her beautiful and most cherished daughter, named HAYLIE GRACE WILLARD, who entered her Eternal Home with Jesus at the age of eighteen. (August  29, 2004)

Her fourth and fifth albums, released between 1986 and 1991, are titled MESSAGE FROM A KING, and GARDEN.

In 1996 Kelly had the opportunity to record a “Positive Country” CD, which was originally only released in Holland, but which Kelly has recently re-released through her website, for all to hear. It is titled HOMESICK FOR HEAVEN.

With all that Kelly has had the opportunity to do, she has expressed that her favorite thing is, “to worship God, and lead others in doing the same.” She states,”I believe God’s greatest desire is to Love us. And, as we receive His Love for us, our hearts respond with authentic love, praise and adoration for Him. It is in this setting that I believe our own healing and restoration takes place. To be a part of this kind of ministry is an honor and responsibility that keeps me on my knees before Him. I am truly humbled that He would grant me the privelege of being a carrier of His Presence.”


  • Blame It On The One I Love (Maranatha!Music)
  • Willing Heart (Maranatha!Music)
  • Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (Maranatha!Music)
  • Message From A King (Maranatha!Music)
  • Garden (Asaph Records)
  • Lookin’ Back {“Best Of KW”} (Maranatha!Muaic)
  • Bless My Little Girl {Lullaby} (Integrity Music)
  • My First Christmas (Integrity Music)
  • Faithful Heart / Songs from the Red Letters (Maranatha!Music)…with Rita Baloche, Billy Batsone, Lenny LeBlanc
  • Homesick For Heaven



Rita Baloche

  • Give It All To The Lord
  • Praise Him
  • Bowing My Heart (w/Paul Baloche)

Brown Bannister

  • There is a Redeemer

Billy Batstone

  • If The Son Sets You Free
  • It is Good to Give Thanks To The Lord

David Baroni

  • To Be a Child Again

Bob Bennett

  • Our God and Father

Bruce Carroll

  • Sometimes Miracles Hide

Milton Carroll

  • Who Will Bring the Children to His Throne

Morris Chapman

  • Love One Another
  • All Heaven Declares

Terry Clark

  • He Is Our Peace

Paul Clark

  • Woman/Man That I Love
  • Altar Of Love
  • Love Of My Life

Jim Cole

  • If Time Could Really Tell

Dion DiMucci

  • There In Your Heart

Roby Duke

  • Our Love

Barbara Fairchild

  • Mary Washed His Feet With Her Tears

Bob Fitts

  • As You Give Unto These

Steve Fry

  • Only You

Buddy Greene

  • Only God
  • All Creatures of Our God and King

Keith Green

  • I Want to Be More Like Jesus

Steve Green

  • He Who Began a Good Work
  • Hidden Valleys
    Ed Kerr
  • You’ll See a Man

Lenny LeBlanc

  • There Is None Like You
  • Your Steadfast Love
  • Your Love
  • Open My Eyes
  • No Greater Love
  • Love Them
  • God, How I Long to be Near To You

Julie Miller

  • I Will Arise and Go to Jesus (w/Russ Taff)

Fernando Ortega

  • Is This the Night of Your Return
  • Lord I want to be Like Jesus

Twila Paris

  • I Feel It
  • Leaning On the Everlasting Arms{w/Jamie Owens-Collins}

Cindy Richardson

  • Grace Alone

Rick Riso

  • Think About His Love

Harlan Rogers

  • At The Cross

Haylie Willard

  • Beautiful Jesus


  • David Baroni
  • Karen Lafferty
  • Bob Bennett
  • Maranatha!Singers
  • Pearl Brick
  • (Praise 3-20)
  • Scott Wesley Brown
  • Will McFarland
  • Bruce Carroll
  • Lewis McVay
  • Morris Chapman
  • Julie Miller
  • Paul Clark
  • David Miller
  • Tommy Coomes
  • Eric Nelson
  • Roby Duke
  • Fernando Ortega
  • Emmanuel
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Barbara Fairchild
  • John Pantry
  • Faithful Heart: Songs from the Red Letters
  • John & Debbie Phillips
  • Stoney Ferguson
  • Twila Paris
  • Bob Fitts
  • Praise Band 1 & 2
  • Oden Fong
  • Psalms Alive Series
  • Buddy Greene
  • Lulu Roman
  • Keith Green
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Steve Green
  • Billy Sprague
  • Harvest
  • Tom Stipe
  • Annie Herring
  • Dwight Thompson
  • Bruce Herring
  • Matthew Ward
  • Bruce Hibbard
  • Words of Worship Series
  • Hosanna!Integrity Worship Series
  • Chris Wright
  • Julie Joyner
  • Ed Kerr

In addition to being a solo artist and studio musician, Kelly is also an accomplished songwriter. The following is a list of a few artists who have recorded her songs.

  • The Archers
  • Laurie Boone
  • Barbara Fairchild
  • David Gates
  • Amy Grant
  • Keith Green
  • Steve Green
  • Pamela Duel Hart
  • Heirloom
  • Integrity/Hosanna Music Series
  • Maranatha! Praise Series
  • Maranatha! Kids Praise Series
  • Michele Pillar Carlton
  • Lisa Welchel
  • The Whites
  • Ricky Skaggs and The Whites


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