I grew up in a very musical family, and have always found music as a way to communicate with people, and understand and work through what life throws at us. About twelve years ago, after going through some tough times, I started writing songs to express my emotions through life situations and I have really enjoyed working at and developing this skill over the past years.
I am really passionate about worship and encouraging people in their walk with God and it has been my dream to record an album of my own songs. Excitingly, this dream is now becoming a reality and in January I started work on my debut album ‘Out of the Ashes’ at a Crown Lane Recording Studio, Morden.
The album will consist of eight tracks and there is a mix of songs written for congregational singing and others to encourage people through life’s ups and downs. Some of the themes covered in the album are God’s grace, unchanging love, restoration, and praising God in all circumstances.
The first track on this album will be ‘I choose to worship’, which has been sung at my home church. It can be easy to praise God when life is good, but when we’ve had a bad week we can come and sit in Church and feel disengaged and not in the right place to worship. This song challenges us that it is when we worship our Almighty God that we begin to see our lives in a different perspective –away from our own suffering and onto our loving Saviour. It is in his arms we find strength, comfort and peace; and when we surrender our worries, fears, and pride to Him, He exchanges them for peace and joy.
Another of the songs includes a chorus ‘I will praise him in the morning sun, when everything is new and everything is good, and I will praise him in the darkest night, when there is only pain and suffering.’ I remember singing this chorus again and again after the loss of our first baby. There was so much pain in my heart, but I knew I had to praise God. He was faithful and met me in that circumstance, giving me the strength to go on and bringing a restoration into my life.
I am very blessed to be surrounded by many talented musicians, and it’s great to have Ali, Heather, Dan, Becky, Rowena, Kerry, Hayley, Darrell, Serge and male voices from my church choir involved with this recording.
My heart’s desire is that this album will encourage and bless people in their worship and everyday lives and I would value your prayers for this project.
I will also be holding a fundraising event date in the near future – watch this space!