Shawna Belt Edwards
Shawna Belt Edwards from Orem, Utah, describes herself as full-time wife and mother, part-time songwriter, and a disciple of Jesus Christ. She graduated from Orem High School in Orem, Utah, and later attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she studied Commercial Music and was a graduate of the class of 2009. She has commented, “I write songs of faith for the people I love, and I never think anyone else will hear them. But they usually do.”
One of her favorite quotes is by Henry David Thoreau and states, “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” That applies to Shawna’s life in that she never wanted to pursue a career. She just wanted to stay at home and be a devoted wife and mother. Now a grandmother, she comments that “along the pathway of family life, I’ve found a few little gems of personal opportunity, and I’ve had some great experiences while pursuing them.”
On her official website “About” page she lists a few random things that people might like to know about her. Some of the things that she lists include being a homebody. She took up skiing at age 30 and wakeboarding at 40 but finally decided on music where she could stay warm. She did not start writing songs until about ten years ago. She spent a combined eight years in college and finally graduated with a degree in music in 2009.
Shawna Belt Edwards married her husband, John, in 2009 which she says is the best thing that she has ever done. They have five children – three in medical school and two in college. Over the years she says that she watched them play in about 1500 baseball games and 500 basketball games and loved every minute of it. She further states that one of her fondest memories is riding double on a scooter in the Swiss Alps with her only daughter. In fact, her children are her best friends.
Shawna has a deep and abiding faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, which she says gives her direction, purpose, and peace in her life. In her spare time, she teaches piano lessons and frequently offers free presentations about unplugging the Christmas machine and making more room for the Savior in our lives. She currently lives in her hometown of Orem, Utah.
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