It's been almost a year since I released my EP New Day on iTunes and Amazon.
What a blessing it's been to share music with people all over the world! Thank you to everyone who has been there from the beginning - praying for me, encouraging me and never wanting me to give up on my dreams! It can be so overwhelming at times, doing it all on my own, but the messages of encouragement I receive from those who have been touched by a song or word have been the constant drive for me. Thank you from my heart.
I remember when I shipped my first CD across the country (I think it was to Pennsylvania), I didn't know who the person on the other side of the mailbox was... but when I dropped it in I prayed that God would uplift them through the music, just as He did in my life while writing it.
New Day was written in the valley. My first two years of college were tough, as I struggled to find my identity. I dressed like a hippie, mostly to rebel against the cultural norms of fashion, and I fought against "dressing to impress" because I wanted whoever I married one day to love me for me. It was during this time that I wrote the opening track on my EP, "Beauty." I think I enjoyed the "college experience" more than the "college education," and I spent many long hours awake at night praying for God to captivate every part of who I was - "Captivate Me" and "New Day" were both results of this heart-cry. It was also a difficult time as I struggled with my parents divorcing after 21 years of marriage and then a painful separation from my mom when she spent 5 months in jail. Many days crying on my bed birthed, "I Need You," my passionate, anthem to the Lord. Two tracks were inspired by my brother-in-law, Jordan Robinson. "Everything" was written on the bed where he battled cancer for almost a year and "Little One" was my attempt at writing a love song from God to comfort us during our difficult moments. Really the only positive track on the album is, "Right Beside You" and it's fittingly placed at the end. This song was written for my husband at the very beginning of our marriage. It describes the journey from first glance, to side by side for the rest of our lives. I love it... and I love him, so much.
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Even though this part of the journey of my life is over, I still have these songs as evidence of the testimony of God's grace and power in my life. I'm on a new journey now... and it has only just begun. I look forward to sharing more music with all of you as the years come. I will never quit writing or singing. Even if my audience never grows larger than my own family. It is forever a part of who I am.
**If you haven't received a copy of my album yet, I would love for you to hear it! You can download it for $6.93 on iTunes or Amazon, or if you're interested in a personalized hard copy check out my music tab and click "add to cart" where you can purchase via Paypal.