A Dream Come True
It's fair to say that this journey I recently embarked on was one that I never thought would actually become a reality. You know how it goes... you start a journey thinking it will lead you to somewhere, only to discover that it's quickly going nowhere.
Years back, I tried to open several doors into the music industry and each one was shut in my face, and not gently either... more like slammed! BUT... God had a reason. To be honest, I was not ready for it. I was in a very dark place in my life, and without a shadow of a doubt, any exposure in the industry would have most likely damaged me in some way or another.
So I let that dream die. And, oh, was it a painful death. At one point, I decided that I never wanted to be a recording artist. I just didn't think I was good enough. I knew that I could write songs so I thought my gift was better occupied in the background... the very, very distant background.
Ha! Yes, I can actually imagine God saying that to me. While I did stay in the background for many years (got married, started a business, had a baby, had another baby, did a Masters Degree, had yet another baby... and no... no more babies for me - I'm very D.O.N.E.), it appears that I was not meant to stay hidden.
In fact, this whole album journey started with an email. Yes. An email. One night, I was working late, and I just felt a prompting to email Andy Baker from Resound Media. I thought to myself that it would be good to get a professional's input and then see whether I could possibly record an album in the summer of 2018. Many of my friends had been telling me that I should do something with my music, but I lacked confidence (and yes, still working on it). Besides, life had dealt me some hard blows, and I wasn't sure I really wanted to 'put myself out there'. Nevertheless, I took a chance, emailed him, and within a few minutes, I received a reply. A week later, I was in the studio singing one of my songs, negotiating (well, Joe did the negotiating) an EP deal, which later became a full blown album, and before I knew it, I had the finished product - The Last Twelve Years.
There is literally so much I could say about this incredible journey so far. And boy, there have been challenges. Serious challenges. Challenges that made me want to give up on more than one occasion. But God enabled me to persist and push through. There is so much I could share about my experience so far, but it's late. I have a rehearsal tomorrow for my launch, and my voice really could do with some rest.
So I want to finish off with saying that dreams do come true. But they start with the One who gave them to you in the first place. What good is it trying to pursue a dream without the help of the Dream-giver? It's like trying to breathe without lungs. Can't be done. When you let God lead, He will take you places you never imagined!
And on that note... a very goodnight to you...