Rebecca St. James Interview
by Tracy Darlington
"When we humanly get our selfishness and agenda involved when we’re living for God it messes things up."
--Rebecca St. James
REBECCA ST. JAMES is both a Grammy and Dove Award recipient, with international success that has driven her record sales into the millions. The Australian-born St. James, who has been called "the definitive voice in today's contemporary Christian music," is the author of such books as Wait for Me, She, and the upcoming What Was Is Thinking? She is known for her passionate involvement in youth-related ministries.
How did you approach the making of I Will Praise You and how did it differ from your other albums?
It was different because number one, it’s a worship album. I write about 75% of my studio albums myself. But I went into this project going, you know, I’m very willing to take other people’s songs that capture my heart and record those. As I started writing for the album and different subjects and themes were coming up I felt were what God was calling me to write about, the songs were flowing, and there was inspiration, I was actually surprised at the end of the day that I was co-writing five out of the ten songs. But I didn’t go into this album feeling any pressure that I had to write the whole thing. I was like, God you have your way and provide the songs that need to be on here. It’s quite a peaceful, easy process.
The difference musically . . . generally with an album my producer and I will go in and we’ll program every song and then go into the studio and bring other musicians in to be the band around that program track. It was the opposite on this album. We recorded with a blank slate with the band, and then put programming in on the back end, so I think it actually creates a different sound for me.
Why do you call this album your most personal to date?
Well, it’s definitely my most personal worship album to date for sure. Just because I contributed so much from my own heart and life to the project. My other worship album was mostly covers and so even though every song that we picked was a part of my heart, and that’s why it was picked, there’s just much more of me and the themes God has been bringing up in my life were much more present on this album than even the other one. The first worship album I ever recorded was when I was thirteen, and I don’t think I wrote anything on that one.