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.
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.
How do you think that Christian music has changed since you started out?
People’s minds are opening, I think, on what exactly Christian music is. If it really is a formula or is it something that moves you to worship. For me, that’s the definition of Christian music. I turn on the radio now and I hear the Fray or Switchfoot and I’m moved to worship, and it’s especially cool when you can hear that on a mainstream radio station and the whole rest of the world doesn’t know what’s hitting them. Christian music is embracing that more and the fan base is becoming younger too which is allowing for the newer sounds and newer style of music. It sounds like everything else on the radio but it’s coming from a heart that loves Jesus. It’s a cool thing to watch happen in people’s ministries. I think that’s what we are called to do, to meet people where they are. Music is probably one of the most powerful things in our culture so I think that’s really cool.