Corner Cafe Show: April 13, 2019
FEATURED GUEST – 1ST HALF
Colorado Native, Elise Lieberth, has been singing her whole life. From the time she could talk, she would line her stuffed animals up as if they were her audience, while entering extremely dark years during her childhood she would retreat to her room and turn the music up as loud as possible to drown out the pain, hurt and screaming that often echoed throughout the house. She began putting her feeling into songs at age 8 and has been writing ever since as a way to cope through the pain.
From the time she was 10 years old until high school she had been kidnapped by her father for several weeks, she was severely bullied, her parents divorced, her father battled extreme untreated Bipolar Disorder and Alcoholism, she endured sexual assault, she contemplated suicide and was exposed to many heartbreaking experiences that she hopes no other human let alone a child, has to experience.
Elise always had a strong faith in God and credits Him, her mother and music for giving her strength during the tough times.
Things were turning around for her in High School, she was selected to be in the top choir, had wonderful Christian friends and mentors and big dreams of moving to Nashville to live in a box – if that’s what it meant for her to follow her musical endeavours and dreams. She fell in love with a fellow musician, he completely stole her heart and before she knew it, she was pregnant at the ripe age of 17, changing the course of her dreams and life, forever.
She was married at 19, had her second child at 20, quickly was divorced and was left a single mom of 2 kids at age 21. She was determined not to let her past define her, ruin her or stop her from dreaming, With 2 small kids looking up to their mom, she continued to pursue music. She was in several bands, including a disco band – but it wasn’t until 2009 when she reached out to local musician Tyler Ward to collaborate on several songs she had written and to her surprise he was an incredible producer. She began writing and recording with Tyler and released a 7 song EP ‘Letters From Elise’ in May 2010 – grew a nice fanbase and Youtube following and credits the start of her Youtube following to a random idea she had to do a cover of ‘We Are The World’ since it was being remade at the time – Tyler loved the idea, gathered several talented local artists for the project and to our surprise, the song went viral and changed my musical career in the best way possible.
Her song ‘Your Gonna Pay’ was written the day after she was raped, the lyrics just poured out of her through tears, embarrassment and pain, in a matter of minutes and was not meant to be released, but after realizing her story had the chance to help others who suffered the same pain, she knew she had to release it and the feedback was truly tremendous, it was painful to hear others experiences but it gave hope to myself and others, that we were not alone, that this is a real thing that happens and something needs to be done in our society because this can’t be a social norm.
She was a romantic at heart, waiting for her prince, if you will. She fell in love hard and fast and that often left her heartbroken. She finally met a man who swept her off her feet and reminded her what true love really means. During that time she released her self titled full length album in Dec 2012. She was married in March 2013 and they welcomed their 3rd child in Oct 2013. She decided to put music on the back burner, as she focused her time on her family.
In 2014, she lost her dad in a tragic incident where ultimately his mental illness took his life.. Elise took on a lot of the blame and became very depressed and felt hopeless. She had her 4th child in 2015, suffered from postpartum depression and was later diagnosed with PTSD and Anxiety Disorder. After several years of battling depression she seeked the help she needed, went to therapy and discovered that she had lost a little of what made her ‘Elise’ – and the two things she was missing the most was music – (the best therapy she has ever known) and Jesus – where her true worth and redemption was found.
In January 2018, she reached out to local musician/singer/songwriter/actress – etc etc etc – Rachel James, in Elise’s words “she is the most talented human I have ever met, with the most beautiful, genuine and kind heart” – they began collaborating, bouncing ideas, lyrics and melodies off of each other and eventually recorded the 8 songs that make up her upcoming 3rd album, titled ‘Invincible’ – expected release is May 2019.
Elise owns several businesses, an in home dog boarding business and she is an Independent Consultant and owner of her virtual skincare business with Rodan + Fields. She is dreaming bigger than ever, has been through years of therapy, she is a work in progress but chooses to continue to work on self development, she has found a home church and is not letting her past define her – letting it inspire her and hopefully others, instead.
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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – 2ND HALF
Author & Speaker, Rachel Miquel Dufour, will be on our Author Spotlight:
I have been married to Eric V. Dufour since 1991. We are the happy parents of Nathan (92), married to Marie; Ruben (93); Dan (94), married to Madison; Adam (97), married to Madeline; and Elie (99).
I passionately believe in healthy individuals, marriages, and families.
In 1991, my family and I began a church-planting ministry in France, as well as a ministry focused on women in distress and drug addicts.
After five years, we became the pastors of two French churches—one in Troyes and one in Chaumont.
In 2000, my husband and I took our five young sons and left the safety of our home country to answer the call of the Great Commission in a communist country in southeast Asia. While we were there, Eric fought a life-threatening cancer and subsequently struggled with depression. Serving God on the mission field and in the midst of these challenges was very difficult, but He used our painful journey to shape my ministry.
In 2008, my family moved to Colorado, USA. Eric and I began offering comprehensive marriage counseling to pastors and missionaries from all over the globe.
Our ministry, Serving Alongside Ministry (SAM), brings help to singles and married couples. Our website can be found at ericracheldufour.com.
I graduated from million-copy best-selling Shannon Ethridge’s BLAST mentoring program in 2016. I am currently working on my Doctor of Ministry in Counseling with Vision International University in Ramona, California.
PASSION – INTENTIONALITY – MOTIVATION
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