began writing songs at a Kentucky college, where he would write praise choruses for a local church service. Although pushed to earn his Ph.D. by a professor, he was lured into the recording industry by friends Randy Scruggs
and John Thompson
, who needed a musician to record for their production company's demos. The record label insisted they produce Card'
s music as their first project, and his acoustic folk sound appeared from the very start; among his records was 1981's Present Reality
, 1987's Life
, 1993's Come to the Cradle
and 1996's Brother to Brother
. In 1998, he returned with Starkindler: A Celtic Conversation Across Time