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.
BY: Stephen Russ
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.
How do you feel like this record is different than you past releases?
Musically I’ve grown a lot. I’ve kind of honed in on what it is that I love to sing, and that is a pop/soul kind of feel. I grew up on soul music, soul singers, just anything with a little bit of soul. I also went through a lot of phases of “Am I a rock singer? Funk? Indie folk?” I just realized, you know what, I think I just have to deal with the fact that I’m a pop girl (laughs). I just like pop music, that’s the other thing that I grew up on. So musically that’s kind of where this record landed and obviously in my writing too. I grew, but I wouldn’t say that I changed too much. I listen to it and I think “You know, it’s me.” For older fans I feel like it’s not this whole 360, it’s more growth.
I know you said you’re a pop girl, who are your specific musical influences?
I guess the first things that I ever listened to were Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, and Eric Clapton. That’s where the soul stuff started, and then I moved into the Mariahs and the Whitneys of the world. I didn’t actually know any Christian music until I started singing it. I thought Christian music was Whitney Houston’s Preacher’s Wife, I didn’t really know much about it so when I started listening to that I started listening to Sixpence None the Richer, Mute Math, and Plum. I loved all of those artists. Now I’m on the Adele train (laughs). I know everybody’s listening to Adele and I love her music, I also love Natasha Bedingfield, they’re just great singers with great songs.