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!

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. ❤

Hello, Regret

Hello, Regret took me a couple years to write.  It was a journey I had to walk through to finally finish the lyrics.  Sometimes songs are like that.  As I’ve grown in my songwriting, I’ve learned that some come quickly and others come after you’ve struggled through to the other side of them.

“To regret is much too high a price…”

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in life—I’m sure you have too.  I’ve made the wrong choices, walked down the wrong paths, spoke when I should have kept quiet, kept quiet when I should have let my voice be heard.

We all have things in life we would do differently, if given a second chance.

Regret.

It’s a part of life, but it doesn’t have to define the way you live the rest of your life.

I’ve lived with regret in two ways.

1.) I let regret overtake me and drown me in a never-ending sea of remorse.

A few years ago, I found myself in a very dark place.  This was well after I had received healing from addictions and so forth (My Testimony).  I had been living on my own in Oregon for a bit and I was burned out.

I had made choices that had put me in a place that brought difficult consequences and mental turmoil.   The world felt  dark and out of control.

My health was poor and I felt remorseful and angry at myself for the decisions I made in my teens.  Those years when I didn’t take care of myself.

I lost sight of who I was.

Regret makes you forget who you are, if you let it take hold of your hope.

2.) I chose to forget and cover up my feelings.

There’s danger that follows this way of living.  When you choose to forget, you open a door that may lead you to fall into the same mistakes of your past.

So, I had to find a balance.

Regret has become very important in my walk.  A healthy amount.  No longer living in a dark state of constant remorse, but choosing to learn from the mistakes so that I can grow and make better decisions as I go.

Covering up feelings is never a good idea.  They eventually come out.  The longer they are bottled up, the uglier the impending explosion.

As painful as it is, I’ve been trying to get into the habit of facing my fears as they come and letting the regret take its course immediately.

Again, the idea is not to stay in a state of remorse and allow the regret to take over.  It is, however, vital to face the facts.  Forgive others, forgive yourself.  Don’t hold onto things that are only going to weigh you down.  Let go.  Give it up.  Move forward.

Your regret, your past, does not define you.  God defines you.  He can make you new and whole again.  He will guide you through lingering consequences and be there when you grieve and battle through to the other side.

Grief is healthy.  Cry.  Talk to someone.  Pray.

Just don’t stay there.

Stop for a moment.  Allow yourself to feel so you can move on.

“There’s a joy that I am running to.  A love that makes a way.”

My new single and lyric video arrived today, and you can now stream/watch/download it to your heart’s content.  Enjoy!

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!

 

 

 

Fallen Man

With only a few more days before I release my next video and single, I am filled with nervous excitement and joy.  Fallen Man came out of the blue.  It wasn’t planned.

I had actually planned to release an entirely different song.  However, after trying to record it over and over, without getting anywhere, I decided to just leave it alone for the moment.  That is something I’ve learned to do of late.  Rather than beating a dead horse, it’s better to just move forward and try something different.

Fallen Man began one night, several weeks ago, when I was wide-awake and not remotely close to falling asleep.  So, I wound up in my studio jotting down the first few lines, wondering as I wrote,

“Where is this going?”

Somewhere within the next day or so, I sat down and began to compose the music.  It was quick and spontaneous.  I recorded the entire song in less than an afternoon.  The best part was that I hadn’t even finished the lyrics.  I had no idea how the song was going to end.

Yes, I recorded my vocals without writing an ending, but I knew the ending by the time the track came to the end.  It hit me and I kept recording.  By the time I stopped the recording, I could barely see through my tears.  I understood where the song was going.

I mixed and mastered the track over the next couple days, but I was already beginning to cast people for the music video.  Crazy, right?  This song that had come when I least expected it was turning into a production.

For the last few weeks, I had the pleasure of working with some friends I’ve known since my teens, as well as some brand new ones I met over the summer.  Special thanks to all the beautiful people involved.

I am so excited to share the final product with you!  In the meantime, check out a promo and behind the scenes video!