Q. Kerrie, your songs repeatedly speak to the reality of such heartbreaks in life. What words of encouragement would you give to new or mature believers in Christ?
A. Something I say often is, “One day at a time.” We never know what is coming and all we can really hold on to is the promise of salvation. One of the most encouraging verses for me is Philippians 4:6-8 “6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
I think that maintaining that kind of focus would a challenge and encouragement to new and mature believers in Christ.
Q. On your new album ‘Time for the Show” what songs do you hold dearest to you and why?
A. It’s definitely too hard to pick favorites! So much thought and consideration goes into making an album, so you can be sure that every single song has a reason for being there! What I will say is that my hope is that this group of songs are reflective of life- there are moments of praise, repentance, healing and a calls to action all present on the album.
Q. If there’s one song on the album that sums up your life-long philosophy which one would you say would be the “song” and why?
A. Once again, an impossible question! Ah! Something that I do hope is my life long philosophy is the lyric from “Time for the Show” that says, “Show his love. Show his mercy. Show his heart.” If we are doing that, then we are really accomplishing something. And before you can even begin to exhibit those attributes to others, you must first experience and know them for yourself.
Q. “Finally Home” is your most recent Single and In the beginning of this song you open it up with the lyrics “ I miss the feeling that I belong” , can you tell me what you were going through or what was the root of your inspiration
A. The last two years have presented a lot of change for me. I’ve been living away from home for quite a while now, but being on tour and basically living full time in Nashville made me excruciatingly home sick. Whenever I feel strongly about anything, I have to write a song about it. I starting thinking about all the things about home that I missed, each family member, each little thing about them that was special for us, smells and places, everything, and mostly about how safe and peaceful I feel whenever I’m there. Then I just thought even deeper about how wonderful it will be to be ultimately safe in the place we belong in heaven and how we won’t ever have to worry about a thing or wander again, we’ll be home safely forever.
Q. You have been performing since you were 5, what exactly made you want to start singing?
A. Music was always a part of life and my home, so singing was just something you did (like walk and talk). My mother always leads music at the churches my father pastors, so I was listening to her plan at home and going to practices with her and singing in the choir. My first solo was at age 5 in church. I can’t explain it except to say that I feel most like myself when I’m singing and creating, and that’s something that’s never changed.
Q. Periods of loneliness and emptiness enter the lives of even the most devout Christian, as we read through the bible there are many examples of this. In your songs “No matter what” it says I’m running back to your promises one more time” did you ever have a falling out with Christ?
A. That lyric is meant to show the repetitiveness of a believer in clinging to Christ throughout life…always running to him, over and over, even when life is so hard or dark, and knowing that his promise of loving us is where we should be running to.
Q. I understand that you passed up on a few opportunities with record labels; were you ever considering going into secular music?
A. I love music!!!!!! I believe that all music/story telling/art has the potential to be glorifying to God if it is done in excellence and in line with his character. He is such an awesome creator and I love that humans have the ability to express themselves in that way as well. I do believe that there is a different focus when you are singing to or about God. And I also believe that there is a wonderful place for fun or even heartbreaking story songs and even songs with some attitude! I always hope that I’m writing and being a part of all of those kinds of music.
So what’s next for Kerrie Roberts?
Q. Who knows?! 2012 had some serious surprises in it… I survived a car wreck, got married, moved….life is strange and unpredictable.
A. I do have my plans tho. I am seriously excited about promoting this new album. It’s a new experience for me than the first album in that I’ll be promoting it independently. I’m up for the challenge and determined to do my best to bring my all. Like always, I’m constantly creating and I’m looking forward to sharing new material in different ways. Current technology is really allowing artists to interact with fans like never before and I’m enjoying exploring that. The first event I’ll be doing with this new album is a Stage It show. This will be an online performance with a band that anyone can “attend” that has internet (go to http://www.stageit.com/KerrieRoberts for tickets).
I love learning and I’m continually practicing and getting better at Pro Tools and Final Cut Pro and I’m still learning Portuguese. I plan on recording at least one song in Portuguese this year. I have lots of passions and plans, but most of all, I’m learning more and more to enjoy and truly LIVE- not just accomplish or rush from one check mark to the next. I have an amazing family and husband. I’m strong in my faith. I know that the most important things in life, I already have and I’m so incredibly thankful for that.
Learn More about Kerrie Roberts on her website, www.KerrieRoberts.com.