New Year, New Colors!

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Happy New Year!

I know it’s been quiet over here since the release of Black and White, but my life has been far from quiet.

I hope you all had a lovely time during the holidays.  I’ve been playing with some new sounds and colors ever since the day after Christmas.

My studio also has a fresh new look for the new year….

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and I have released two new singles to kick off 2019.

Limitless: A mostly-instrumental track, with some vocals here and there.

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The Outside: I can only go as far as my own limits, but together we are limitless.

(As a bass player to-the-core, I am very pleased with the heavy-bass-track that is The Outside.)

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So we ended 2018 in Black and White, and now we celebrate 2019 in crazy colors.  As usual, I am having a blast creating new music and I love being able to share what I create with you.

You can now stream and download both songs on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Bandcamp and beyond!

 

 

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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!

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.

 

The Call of Love

I picked up a book this morning that I haven’t read in a bit. In fact, I finally unpacked my box of books a week ago for the first time since we moved last summer.

It’s called, “Come Away My Beloved” by Frances J. Roberts. My mother gave me the devotional for Christmas nearly a decade ago.   It is written in old English. So, bare with me if you are not as big a nerd as myself—I am, after all, the girl who decided to read all the works of Shakespeare one summer in high school (for fun).

I turned to the first section:

The Call of Love

I read it a few times, underlining a particular paragraph that I felt led to share with you today:

“Tarry not for an opportunity to have more time to be alone with Me. Take it, though ye leave the tasks at hand. Nothing will suffer. Things are of less importance than ye think. Our time together is like a garden full of flowers, whereas the time ye give to things is as a field full of stubble.”

I made a huge change recently. That change was unplugging from the internet more than 80% of the day. I used to multitask to the point where it was becoming detrimental to my routine.

When I left my day job to make Awake to Dream Studios my full time job, I had to eliminate everything that would keep me from staying focused.

It probably sounds odd.

I mean, everything I do is internet based and requires access to social media. But I learned the value of pouring all of my brainpower into the tasks at hand. I began to plan out my posts and online strategies well in advance. I scheduled my updates to post automatically, which freed up my hands to work elsewhere.

In the end, I didn’t need my phone pinging every time I had a message or notification. I found out I could be much more productive by checking my profiles and email at a specific time in the day, and then moving on with my projects.

What did I end up with?

Quality time in my studio and more finished projects.

Also, my prayer life has greatly increased without the added distractions. That, to me, is way more important than any of my other endeavors. If that area suffers, so does every other part of my life.

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So, I pondered that paragraph, waited on the Lord for a moment and turned to Proverbs.

I laughed as I read the title of the chapter in my bible:

The Call of Wisdom

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? 

If you turn at my reproof, behold I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.”

—Proverbs 1:20-23

“Tarry not.”

All that we are longing for can be made fulfilled in His presence. Whatever we need, He already has supplied.

This is a call to a higher standard of living. He has already reached out, and is waiting, to meet with us.

The present is all we have, as we watch time melt away without delay.

These temporal things that capture our attention are nothing in comparison to the love and the wisdom that calls out to each one of us.

There is no promise of tomorrow. There is only today.

“Nothing will suffer. Things are of less importance than ye think.”

Dreaming Big in 2018

Epiphany is a very special project, to me.  Over the years, I’ve released a lot of music.

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This album is different.

I usually only distribute my music online.  It’s a lot more cost effective for an independent artist.  However, I am dreaming bigger this year.

With your help, I will be able to see Epiphany in its physical form.

This is the vision.

This year, I am ministering at several women’s retreats.  How awesome would it be for me to be able to bring physical copies of the album to those events?

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It would be epic!

Please keep me in your prayers, as I embark on this new adventure into new territory.  I am excited and believing that God is going to use this album to bring light into dark places.

Also, please share this link!  Everything helps.

Thank you, in advance!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  To anyone, and everyone, who is able to partner with me in this dream.

Help Fund Stephanie Baker’s Album!

 

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!

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!

 

 

 

Being You

How do you be yourself in a world that is screaming at you to do the opposite?

I don’t know.  I’m still trying to figure it out.  Actually, let me say that differently . . .

I know how, but I’m still trying to figure out how to completely let go of the words that come against me regarding . . . well, being me.

You probably know what I mean.

It’s easier to just fly under the radar.  It’s easier to not go against the grain.  It’s easier to avoid conflicts by not discussing particular topics and to dance around the deafening questions and silent assumptions of others.

It’s easier.

I know that being you is uncomfortable at times.  I know that being you can bring moments of walking alone when others don’t understand.

And even if we have found our identity in God, it is very easy to backtrack and worry a little too much about what others are thinking or speaking about us.

The bottom line is . . .

Life is too short for us to not be who we were created to be.

Plain and simple.

And yes, I’m ranting a little.  This is something really personal and present in my life right now.  I just know this is something we all deal with along the way, and maybe you need to hear these words too.

I changed a lot of things this year.  I changed my name, when I got married.  I changed the frequency of when and how I release music.  I branched out into more experimental electronic music (which has been my vision all along).  I also changed my hair color.

It would have been easier for me to just continue to produce what I knew would sell.  Worship music sells easier, but that (for me) is not a good reason to release a worship song.

My closest friends know, I am a worshipper to the core.  This has only increased since I started to make the decision to trust God and release the stories of what He has been teaching me throughout this journey.

The vision is to start conversations.  To stir up imagination and creativity.  To live more boldly and help others do so as well.  This is the me I’ve known I needed to be for a long time, but it took years of performing and pretending and being too afraid to stop the cycle to bring me to this place.

Life is too short to stay comfortable.

Life it too short to try to keep everyone happy.

The way I see it is this.  If there is only one person (per song or video I release) who is truly impacted by this vision, it will all have been worth the time and energy.  It will have been worth it all.

Because there are people in my life who went out on a limb to trust God by being themselves.

If they hadn’t, I know I would not be alive.

Life is too short for us to not be who we were created to be.

Be brave.

It will be worth it all in the end.