Hello! I hope you are doing well this week! I am excited to say that in early February I will be getting back into studios at Crown Lane with John Merriman and Bill Sherrington to start recording my new project titled ‘Voice of truth’. I can’t wait!
Song writing is one of my passions and something that I feel God has blessed me with and is leading me in. I have used song writing to help me work through the ups and downs, and to process the different emotions life entails. When I started writing about fifteen years ago, I was being bullied, and was struggling with anxiety and depression. I was also in the middle of teenage angst and couldn’t make sense of who I was, how I was feeling and what I should be doing. As I started to have counselling to help me get back on track they encouraged me to find a positive outlet for my feelings, so I started writing. I would sit at the piano at home, turn the lights off and just play and sing what came to my heart. I felt safe hiding in the dark and I would shut my eyes place my hands on the keys and from that chord I would then start writing.
When I look back my songs were incredibly basic and repetitive, and some pretty depressing – but you have to start somewhere! The biggest thing for me even through this difficult time was the desperation to be loved and chosen. In this place, I started to see glimmers of hope as I realised that God gave me strength. As I grew in my faith, in my confidence and my identity in him, this grew from a glimmer to a passion for God to be central to all my songs.
Some people ask if I write non-religious material but to be honest I write what I feel, I write what I know, what I love, and what overflows from my heart. God has become intrinsically part of my life and all my songs have to point to Him. No matter what heartbreak and pain I am working through and highlighting in the song, I have to have that hope. The hope that says no matter how dark, hard, or painful a situation is, when we believe in God, accepting His love, mercy and grace He instils in us incredible hope, joy and peace. I can trust that no matter how hard things are, He has good things for me.
I didn’t really set out to write an album, or plan it around a theme. I got to the point where I had a group of songs that I felt needed to be heard to encourage people and point them to God, songs that will remind people that they are not on their own in their struggles. As I was looking through some of my material and thinking what went together a clear theme emerged – ‘Voice of truth’. So often we hear and see so many lies that try to make us think that we are not worthy of love, joy, peace, that we will only be accepted if we buy or wear the right things. My songs proclaim God’s truth in different circumstances, and that we need to listen to that still small voice of truth and to allow truth and love to penetrate every area of life.
As I prayed and asked God to lead me clearly, he answered incredibly, in financial provision for the next recording. I have found God has led me and provided for my every need when I simply ask and trust in Him. I am truly excited, and continue to pray that God would guide me and lead me, and that in all you do you would always hear His loving and affirming voice of truth.