This interview took place on: August 8, 2006
Music wise? That's about it... I decided to take a break after my time with TBG. We worked SO hard
and toured like crazy and I honestly just felt so burned out. I
didn't think I would go back to music, but in that time away I got
married to my incredible husband Jeremy and had a baby girl Isabella,
both of whom God used to refresh and enrich my heart sooo much.
And then of late, Jeremy and I have had another precious girl Arianne
(pronounced Ari - anne) and we've both been in the studio and then
I've been busy setting up a clothing store...
It sounds crazy busy, but honestly it's been great and I've really
felt God leading me every step of the way.
Well firstly the whole writing process has been completely different.
In TBG, we all wrote together and conglomerated on everything. Then we
tried to push the mold as much as we could. With my solo stuff, it's
been a lot more laid back. I have grown so much in my walk with the
Lord and I feel like my perspective on what matters in this world has
changed too. It's been mostly Jeremy and I writing together and then we redid a
couple songs with some friends...
He has been a huge encouragement to me musically and spiritually. We
wrote a lot of the songs together and he also co-produced a bunch of
them with our friend Zach Hodges.
He is a great song writer and musician, so it was fun to write
together and a privilege to have his input on things. I know he loves
that I love the Lord and so it was awesome to have his encouragement
in the way that I was expressing my love for Jesus in music.
Ooooh. This is a tough question. I'd have to go with "What Have I
Done." I could listen to it over and over and still love it. My
friend Suzanna Pautz (the wife of one of TBG's band members - Marc
Pautz) wrote this song years ago and just never finished it. I've
always loved it and so I finished it and put it on the album. It
really sums up a lot of how I feel toward the Lord - just knowing
that I have never done anything that deserves the full measure of
what He has given me and that's just starting at eternal life with
Him - nevermind my husband and family and every spiritual blessing
God has richly supplied. But He has made us worthy of Him through His
death on the cross - wow!
Well, my Dad loves sixties and seventies music and I grew up
listening to the Beatles, the Who, the Kinks and all those bands. It
reminded me of my Dad and living on the other side of the world from
my family (in South Africa). It was kind of a fun sentimental tribute
to him. Also, it is a great passage from the book of Ecclesiastes and
so even though it's originally a secular song, it's straight from the
God has shown me so much about his love and guidance through being a
parent. I feel like my heart has tripled in size and I can't explain
to you the blessing it is to have my girls. I have learned so much
and continue to learn. I don't know if being a mom has changed my
musical approach, but God has definitely used it to grow my heart and
show me so much and so I have more to write about.
We are taking the girls on the road with us in the Fall. It's going
to be awesome. A friend or ours is coming along to watch the girls
when I can't. I'm so excited to be back on the road with Jeremy and
all together as a family too. Isabella took her first steps on a bus
and she is amazing at adjusting to things going on. She just sees it
as an adventure. ;)
It's kind of a long story how it all came about, but Jeremy and I
prayed about it and we saw everything come into place for us to open
We have a huge college community here that desperately need God and
what a great way to minister to them by opening a clothing store on
campus. We opened in the middle of August this year and already I've
had amazing opportunities to share about Jesus with people.
Because we get to choose what goes in the store, I also see it as an
opportunity to encourage girls especially, to dress modestly and they
can still look cool.
We'll be playing Christian music in the store and so far we also have
three Christian clothing lines that we support. All the people
working at the store are awesome strong Christians who are fully
aware of this opportunity to love the people who need it most.
I know the fashion industry can be risky, and I know some people
might not approve, but I really believe that the Lord will use this,
because that is our main hearts' desire.
Please keep us in prayer that we will be an example of Jesus to the
people that we come into contact with.
I've had such a desire to really seek the Lord with all my heart - to
wake up early before the girls do and pray, pray, pray. I know I need
to be on my knees laying down every area of my life and pouring out
my heart to the Lord.
I feel like He is doing a lot in my heart right now and I'm just
really excited about the next season that I'm moving into. I know
when I feel like this, though, that Satan will try distract me from being
faithful, so it's even more of a battle to be obedient.
Thank you for this interview! I really hope you guys enjoy the album
when it comes out and thank you for your prayers and support!
Lots of love,
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