Talking Music and The Sing-Off With Rachael Lampa
The Dove award winning vocalist discusses her appearance on the hit show and her new album.
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So you arranged the songs yourselves?
The show had people to help us out for sure, they had a music team and they would come around and make sure we weren’t about to embarrass ourselves on national TV (laughs). But yeah, we played a big part in the arrangements.
Let’s talk about your new album, tell me about it from your perspective.
The record is called All We Need, it is named for one of the last songs that I wrote for the record. When you dive into writing a record you kind of go in with a certain goal of what you want to say as a whole. Rarely do you just kind of throw a bunch of random songs together. There’s usually a theme and something that you want to say. For me, I knew what it was but I couldn’t really say it, but I was writing all of the songs in that direction. I had just come off a five year break from writing a full record, I only did a small EP. During that time I was revamping a lot of things in my life and rethinking why I do music and what I’m doing it for and I kept being broken down, in the good kind of way, where I just was forced to simplify my life, to simplify the way that I look at the world, the way that I look at God, the way that I look at music. It was this awesome awakening of becoming childlike again, especially in my faith, and just remembering why I fell in love with Jesus in the first place and a lot of that had to do with the fact that I found myself as just a child, a helpless kid who needed her God.
The question that kept coming to my mind was that I felt like God was asking me “Am I all you need? Do you need music? Do you need money? Do you need friends?” It was all these things where I had to really say “yes, you are all I need” and only at that point was it healthy enough for me to start making records again, because I think I got to the point where music defined me and my faith. If my music wasn’t doing well then my faith must have been wavering. I was connecting everything to my music and not to God, which is a big reason why I was becoming burnt out. So once I kind of realized that I really dove into this record. “All We Need” was kind of that one song where it was like “that’s what I’ve been trying to say!” The whole record kind of revolves around that thought and I’m really proud of it.