A native Californian, Andi Ashworth has lived in Nashville, Tennessee with her family since 1989. She is a writer and diarist, Master Gardener, cook, maker of home and lover of good books. Unique to her vocation, Andi has been a companion-along-the-way to many people, sharing stories about life and its challenges over meals, walks and cups of tea. After providing hospitality to thousands of people in her home, The Art House, it is her joy to be in a new home and a more private season of life, enabling her to create comfort and beauty on a smaller scale. She loves gathering her family around the table, discussions with her book group and Scrabble games with her husband – a perk of their later years.
Andi earned her Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis at the age of 53. She’s written for Comment Magazine, Critique, By Faith and The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture, among others. She’s also been the speaker at various gatherings around the country, including Laity Lodge in Texas, Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh, Art House Dallas Writer’s Workshop, Imago Dei Women’s Forum in Portland, Oregon, and the Art/Music/Justice conference in Falls Church, VA. From 2010-2018 Andi was Editor-In-Chief of the Art House America Blog (as well as essayist), overseeing hundreds of interviews and essays from a variety of authors including Tish Harrison Warren, Steven Garber, Lanier Ivester, Sandra McCracken, Russ Ramsey and Viola Weinberg.
Andi is the author of Real Love for Real Life, first published by Shaw at Waterbrook Press/Random House in 2002 and reprinted by Rabbit Room Press in 2012. A much loved book, Real Love for Real Life continues to have contemporary impact at the intersection of Christian belief, the care of human life, creativity and vocation. In a 2018 Christianity Today interview with Michelle B. Radford titled God Calls Me to Motherhood and Art. How Do I Do Both?, Radford credits reading Real Love for Real Life with inspiring her “to think about vocation” in a broader sense. For parents, pastors, practitioners of hospitality, and anyone involved in caring for people across a range of life seasons and vocational spheres, the book comes as life-giving affirmation and creative inspiration.
Andi is most recently published in A Book for Hearts & Minds: What You Should Read and Why (Square Halo Press 2018). She contributes a chapter on cooking, alongside other topics and writers including Literature (Karen Swallow Prior), New Testament Studies (N.T. Wright) and Vocation (Steve Garber). In 2019, she cofounded the blog, The Writer & The Husband.
CHARLES W. ASHWORTH
Born and raised in California as Charles William Ashworth, nick-named Chuck, the Grammy-award winning musician has worked under the name Charlie Peacock for forty years. Ironically, the first money he received for his creative work was for writing, not music. He took third place in the 1970 Bogue Country Club essay contest, winning five dollars and a certificate for his take on “What Is Good Citizenship?” In lyrics, books and essays, he’s still working to answer that question. As result of his study and interest in Christian theology, music and imagination, Charlie has written for Keyboard, Cardus, CCM and Tabletalk, and contributed commentary and opinion to NPR's All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation, as well to USA Today, RollingStone and The Wall Street Journal. Charlie has authored two books, At The Crossroads - Revised and Expanded Edition and New Way To Be Human: A Provocative Look At What It Means To Follow Jesus, both published by Shaw at Waterbrook Press/Random House in 2004.
In 1999, Charlie was named by Billboard's Encyclopedia of Record Producers as one of the 500 most important record producers in music history. As an artist, songwriter, producer and music publisher, his list of credits spans four decades, and include such contemporary artists as The Civil Wars, Switchfoot, Chris Cornell, The Lone Bellow and the modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty. Charlie is a (4x) Grammy-award recipient (Folk, Country, Rock Gospel) and (3x) recipient of Gospel Music Association's Dove Award for Producer of the Year. An accomplished pianist, Charlie’s 3rd jazz CD, Lemonade, solo piano improvisations, reached #4 on Billboard Jazz Chart and #1 on iTunes Jazz Chart. His best known vocal songs include: “The One That Got Away,” “Every Heartbeat,” “In The Light,” “Down In The Lowlands,” “Say The Name,” and “Hands and Feet.” Television and film soundtrack credits include TURN: Washington’s Spies, Nashville, Parenthood, Grey’s Anatomy, A Walk to Remember, Something Borrowed and 12 Years a Slave.
In 2014, Charlie founded the Contemporary Music program in the School of Music at Lipscomb University in Nashville. In 2015 he assumed the role of Artist-In-Residence and Director of the new program. The following year he was named the Director of the School of Music. He served through the Spring semester of 2017. Charlie is currently composing and producing for a Facebook music initiative. In 2019, he co-founded the blog, The Writer & The Husband.