Bethel College Record Label Releases New Student Album

When Cidney DoBrodt’s sister, Rayna, was killed in a car accident in 2014, music became a way for her to process her grief. Writing songs took her on a journey of healing and growth as she poured herself into her music. Now, she will share this music with the world as she releases her debut album, “Undone,” on March 17.

DoBrodt is a senior in Bethel College’s Worship Arts program, and this spring she will be one of the first three students to graduate from the program. Her album is the second release for the college’s record label, HCM Records, launched last spring.

“Undone” explores the pain and struggle of the human experience, while sharing a message of hope.

“My hope and prayer is that when people listen to my songs, they can see the hope that is in Christ even in the midst of suffering,” says DoBrodt.

The album was produced by five-time Grammy-nominated musician and Bethel alumnus Billy Smiley. DoBrodt was connected to Smiley, and other award-winning musicians and engineers who worked on the album, through Bethel’s program.

“I owe a huge thanks to Terry Linhart, Barb Bellefeuille, President Chenoweth and the entire Bethel community,” says DoBrodt. “Everyone has been so supportive of my journey in creating this album. Having people who care for me and who have created this amazing door for me to walk through has meant more to me than anything. I owe Bethel so much.”

Other Bethel students who contributed music and vocals to the album are Tyler Callahan, Christian McClain, Andrea Neumayer and Chandler Walters. Students Zachary Nelson and Miranda Terry designed the artwork. DoBrodt is grateful for how others have given their talents to the project. “This is beyond what I could have done on my own.”

DoBrodt hopes to make music a career, continuing to write, sing and lead worship services. She ultimately wants to help people by showing them it’s okay to ask the hard questions, and remind them that there is hope in the midst of the worst storms. She is already writing music for a second album, this time focusing on writing other people’s stories of healing and growth.

A launch party and concert will be held Friday, March 17, 7 p.m., at River Valley Church, 55855 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, Ind. Admission is $5 and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Another concert will be on Bethel’s campus on Saturday, April 8, 7 p.m., in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium. General admission is $5 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“Undone” will be available for purchase at both concerts, on iTunes, in the Bethel College Campus Store and available for listening on Spotify.

For more information about DoBrodt and future concerts, visit CidneyDoBrodt.com. To inquire about having DoBrodt sing at your church or organization, email Booking@CidneyDoBrodt.com. For more information about Bethel’s Worship Arts program, visit BethelCollege.edu/WorshipArts and HCMrecords.org.