Proving that music has always been her love, Ava Brockett Kasich began singing at 3 years old and now she can boast that she is Mississippi State Quartet Convention’s "2016 Southern Gospel Soloist of the Year" and Christian Voice Magazine’s "Favorite Southern Gospel Soloist" for its 2016 Gospel Music Fan Awards.

Proving that music has always been her love, Ava Brockett Kasich began singing at 3 years old and now she can boast that she is Mississippi State Quartet Convention’s "2016 Southern Gospel Soloist of the Year" and Christian Voice Magazine’s "Favorite Southern Gospel Soloist" for its 2016 Gospel Music Fan Awards.


Kasich is a local southern gospel music artist who attends Faith Church in Sherman and loves having the opportunity to help people through.


Kasich’s professional career began in 1980 when she met Wally Fowler, a gospel and country music artist from Nashville.


"My family and I went to see his show and a random guy came and talked to us," she said. "Well, he ended up taking me backstage to meet Wally. At the time, Wally was working on creating a new gospel group."


After their initial meeting, Kasich was told audition in front of Wally and his wife at their hotel the next day.


"He liked what he heard so he said that he was going to be in Mt. Pleasant doing a show in a few months," she said. "If I performed at the show and the audience liked me, Wally said that then he would sign me. I went, I performed, and he hired me on the spot. I then moved to Nashville with him and his wife."


In 1989, Kasich moved from Nashville to Branson, Missouri and worked for 17 years doing shows. But, then around 2001 decided that it was time to go into ministry full time.


"Since then, things have been pretty overwhelming and amazing," she said. "I just finished my fifth CD, "Looking Back, Songs of Faith.’ "


Seven songs on this album, Kasich co-wrote.


"I had never written anything in my life," she said. "God has started giving me a spirit to write and I love that. I love what I do. I tell my testimony because I want to help people."


Seeing the tears running down people’s faces in response to her music is something quite beautiful to Kasich.


"I struggled for years trying to get my music heard," she said. "It seemed like I just had to get to the right place. Now at Faith Church, I am there. Since I began listening to God and not trying to do my own thing, the blessings have just been flowing in."


Kasich was selected as the Branson Gospel Music Association’s "Female Vocalist of the Year" in 2001. In 2012, Kasich was selected as a Beacon Award winner by the Emerald Coast Southern Gospel Music Association for "Soloist of the Year" and "Song of the Year," and in 2015, she was also selected as the Gold Cross Award winner for "Female Artist of the Year."