Now Playing: Black and White

Today is THE DAY!

My new album has officially arrived and is ready to stream, download and purchase!

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You can find it on Apple, Amazon, Spotify, GooglePlay and all those other places we use to listen to music!

You can also purchase the physical disc from my merch store.

Don’t forget, I’m running a Black Friday Deal through Sunday!

Black Friday Deal Website

Also, check out the new music video for the title track!

Thank you so much for listening and watching!  I appreciate your love and support.

Let me know if you enjoy the album!

Please comment, like and share!

Thank you!

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New Video: Six Words

It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon and my new music video just went live!

Six Words is track six off my upcoming album.  It’s one of my personal favorites.

 

If you enjoy the song, please like and share!  Thank you. ❤

Behind the Scenes: Black and White

I feel like a hermit returning to civilization, after living in a cave for the last month.

That’s a little dramatic, but realistically I’ve been camped out in my studio since I released Facedown, and I am just now emerging to post an update over here.

 

I’ve been posting a lot of behind the scenes videos on Facebook and instagram.  I spent all month finishing the writing, recording, mixing and mastering process of my next album.

I finished way before my deadline.

Black and White is ready for distribution.  That’s the next step.  I’m now working on album art, videos and promo stuff.  All those little details that I need to get done before release day, which will be on Black Friday (11.23.18).

 

I am excited to be done, even though the process was quite lovely and adventurous.  It was also full of new challenges and emotional hurdles to jump over.  The process brought growth and I’m thankful for that.

Now, I am typing this to you, while I listen to Classic 80’s Indie Rock and drink my coffee.  It feels good to be done.  So good.

 

Summer Tunes & Beach Trips

Good afternoon, friends!  I am currently sitting in a coffee shop, drinking an iced chai and brainstorming ideas.  I am also now writing this blog post. 😉

A few minutes ago, I hit the send button and sent off a new single for distribution.  Check out this promo video I posted yesterday!

 

I wrote Tidal Wave a couple weeks ago.  Unlike my usual songwriting methods, I composed the music first and then went from there.  It was a fun challenge.

There’s been a lot on my heart lately.  Life can be overwhelmingly dark at times, am I right?

So much so, that I found myself having a hard time finding the words to say.  Even in prayer.  It was difficult.

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So I asked God how to pray and to help center me during this time, when certain parts of life seem dim and grey.

That’s where Tidal Wave came from.  A very sad Stephanie, on a very sad day.

I can’t help but smile, as I write this.  The song is very bright and energetic.  It’s not a sad ballad, but more of a celebration.  I can’t wait to share it with you on August 1st.

The moment I finished the track, I knew I needed to get some shots of the ocean for the video.  The following week, some friends decided to take a spontaneous trip to Santa Cruz and invited me to come along.

Not only did I get all the footage my heart desired for the video, I was very refreshed from the change of scenery and fresh air.  It was good.

Also . . .

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In case you haven’t heard, I am giving away a song for FREE.  You can get your digital copy of Brighter Than the Sun in my music store!

When the Secrets Come Out . . .

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This past weekend, I had the privilege of ministering at a women’s retreat.  To be honest, I don’t tend to go out of my way to attend women’s retreats.

Most of the ones I have participated in, I would find myself feeling very out of place and flooded with social anxiety.  As far as the women’s retreats I have ministered at, I would usually disappear immediately after the sessions.

Funny thing is, most of the women I spoke with this weekend had similar stories.

However, this one was different.  I expected God to show up and do amazing things—He always does!  But I did not expect Him to bring me so much personal breakthrough, as He did, starting the first night.

Toward the end of the first session, we were encouraged to ask God if there were any lies about ourselves (or Him) that we were still believing.  And if so, to ask Him to show us the truth, and then perhaps to share what He showed us with the women at our table.

I was sitting there, jotting some things down in my journal.  I asked the question, but I don’t think I expected an answer like the one He gave me.  In fact, I really expected I’d be mainly spending those moments that followed speaking into the ladies who shared what God had shown them.

I did not expect that I would be crying and sharing something so deep.  Something I had no idea was still lingering in my heart—I thought I had already dealt with this!

The phrase that popped into my head, when I asked the question, was this:

You are not disposable.

I felt the tears begin to form.  Everyone else was still praying around me.  A million thoughts rushed into my head.  Not in chaos, but in complete clarity.

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You see, I was in a very long, unhealthy, abusive relationship in my early twenties.  I thought I already healed from the roots that came from that time, but the reality was clear to me in that moment.

Because of what was done to me, and because of how it made me see myself, I still carried fear of being disposed, not seen, and rejected.

This weekend was my first time away from my husband since we got married over a year ago, and I realized that fear was still influencing me now.  Regardless of how amazing he is, I was still living in a certain state (at the back of my mind) of anxiety and fear of being disposed.

I started to write down scripture after scripture, and promise after promise.  I wrote about how God is trustworthy and that He will never leave me.  I wrote about how He will protect my heart and that I can let Him be in control.  I was never in control anyhow.  But I realized there was a certain part of my heart I wasn’t allowing my husband to see because I was still being affected by those lies from that previous relationship.

I looked up from my journal.  The ladies began to share.  I felt a lump form in my throat.  I felt my feet try to drag, and I thought for a second,

“I don’t want to share this right now.  I am totally going to start sobbing.”

But I did share, and I did cry.  A lot.  And after I shared, I knew it was a defining moment for me.  I knew it was a necessary piece of my story and that God had shown up once again with His mercy.

The more I share this testimony, the more freedom I find.  I had no idea what these feelings were for years, but now that I have a label for them, they can be addressed.  There has been a certain level of inferiority I have been carrying around, and that has manifested itself in anxiety for way too long.

Praise God, He is so faithful.

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I am writing this because I know we all have stories and we all have things in our hearts that try to hide in the shadows.  But . . .

When the secrets come out, the enemy can no longer dangle them over our heads.

Once the light shines in, the darkness has to flee.

There is restoration in vulnerability.

Friends, I encourage you.  If there is ANYTHING, any lie, any struggle, that is keeping you from walking in the fullness that God has for you . . . lay it down before His throne of grace!

We were created to walk in His freedom.  Let Him into those deep and tender places.  Let Him heal your heart.

In the Studio: Epiphany

I woke up at 4am and began to toss and turn.  I couldn’t fall back asleep, so I decided to get up and pray.  I prayed for a little while and went back to bed.

The moment I nearly fell asleep, six notes began to play over and over in my head.  They kept playing on repeat and I found myself wide awake once again.

I had a feeling the notes weren’t going to stop playing until I went and recorded them.

So, that’s what I did.

I felt strangely awake and alert, as I went into my studio.  The sound of everything turning on seemed extremely loud in our quiet home, but I couldn’t get past the feeling that I needed to get the song down right away.

It came quickly and easily.  Within an hour, the song was mixed and finished.

I still feel the excitement I felt in that moment.  The melody stopped repeating in my head and I could now hear it playing audibly in my headphones.

When I first got the spark to start recording Epiphany, I seriously thought it was only going to be a few songs.  A few songs turned into eight.

I don’t usually record all of my songs in order, but that is what I’ve been doing for this album.  I’ve been in suspense the whole way on this wild ride.  One song after the other, in order, like chapters in a story.

Songs, spoken word and instrumentals.

All of which are being written and recorded in the moment with spontaneous wonder.

It’s a call to go higher and dream bigger.  To let go of what holds us down and hold out for greater things.

The official release date will probably be somewhere around late February, but that is still to be determined.  It might even be sooner than later.  I’ll let you know as soon as it’s set.

In the meantime, check out track three: Rain Makes the Flowers Grow. 

Rain Makes the Flowers Grow

I have been on the edge of my seat, waiting to announce that I have been working nonstop on the production of a brand new album titled Epiphany.  It’s been so hard keeping it a secret for the past couple months, so I am extremely happy that I finally get to share a piece of what’s coming next.

Today, I released a single off the upcoming album.

Rain Makes the Flowers Grow

You can stream and download it on all of your favorite media platforms.

Hey, that’s me. 😉

And you can also watch the official music video I released with the single!

 

You’ll be hearing a lot more from me in the days ahead.  There will be an official promo for Epiphany coming soon, an album artwork reveal, as well as more sneak peaks and so forth.

Here’s the first promo for Epiphany:

Happy New Year, friends!

Dreamer

“Speak to me your greatest fear and I will show you a love that is stronger . . .”

This Friday, my new single and music video will be out.  The production of Dreamer has been a delight and I am bouncing-off-the-walls-excited and sighing deep sighs of relief because it is all done and ready to be released.

I wrote Dreamer in two parts.  The first part came spontaneously and I shared it online back in June: Spontaneous Song: Dreamer – Stephanie Baker

The second part came just as spontaneously later that month.  The verses came so easily that I barely had time to write them down before the next line came rushing out.

“As I open my eyes and observe my generation, I see a trending obsession to know who we are . . . ”

So, I recorded a draft of the entire song.  And up until a month ago, I thought it was my finished product and planned on releasing it this month.  That said, I wound up dumping that version entirely and starting over.

The idea for the music video storyline came to life when I saw a friend post a photo of his INCREDIBLE space/aqua suit that he was working on—yes, he made his costume.  It was so perfect and the exact sort of whimsy I had envisioned for his character.

Matt is exceptionally talented and so is his daughter, Fiona.  You can see Matt make an appearance in Fallen Man, and Fiona playing a young me in Enough.  I was blessed to have them act side-by-side in Dreamer.  Their father-daughter chemistry is absolutely adorable.

Also making it’s debut appearance is the chess set my father built when he was fourteen years old in wood working class.  Fun fact.  We didn’t lose a single piece to the lake.

Dreamer is the ninth in a series of ten songs I’ve been releasing every month since March.  If you missed the others, you can buy or stream them on any of your favorite music distribution platforms online, including Spotify.

The video will be posted Friday afternoon, so be sure to check back!  If you like the video, please share it with your friends and help me spread it around.  Thank you all for your continued love and support!