Posted June 20, 2014 by Michael Ernest in Culture
 
 

(Exclusive) Interview with Beckah Shae

beckah shaeBeckah Shae is one of most trendy and versatile Christian acts out there hands down. She is gifted in gracefully jumping on current musical trends and doing it so perfectly. She has done pop, soul, and now EDM. With the release of her new album “Champion” we see the singer in her element. Beckah Shae chats with us about her electronic dance music, her musical direction and inspiration, her family, and more.

How has your music evolved from when you first started music?

I think we’ve grown with technology so we have more sounds to play with and ways to make it clean. We always try to stay relevant while still merging old and new elements. My heart is the same just more mature as we’ve grown in knowledge and experience. I’d like to say the same about our music.

What is the backstory of your latest album “Champion?”

The Greatest, undisputed, undefeated, Champion of all is Jesus! He is my strength, my hope, my reason for not giving up. He has proven that the Victory belongs to The Lord. When I feel tired or beat up – I have to remember the cost that was paid for me to stand tall & to overcome! He died so that I can Win! Like a Champion! We all have a unique story, we overcome the world by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony! Be you! This is what I want others to receive through this project that there is no one exactly like you, and you have a purpose and a Legacy to leave, stay in your lane, If God is for you, then who could be against you? Love Big, take new leaps of Faith, focus on the Kingdom and Finish strong!

Your family is one musical family, from your husband to your daughters – what is that like?

We Love each other so much and we love what we do! God truly blessed us by teaming us up with each other! Our house is always filled with love and music.

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Beckah Shae with Husband, Shoc, with daughters, Grace and Joy. Photo: Beckah Shae Facebook

You featured your daughters; Joy and Grace, on a song “Your Kingdom Come,” tell us about this song and the feature?

The perfect prayer is, “Your will, be done.” I think it’s funny that we could ever think we have a better idea than God! Really? It’s as though sometimes we pray trying to convince Him to do something as if it’s different than his own perfect plan? If we’d just set our eyes on Him, & seek the Kingdom first. Jesus tells us that no one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless they come as a little child. I believe it is with a heart of humility and utter dependence that we can even begin to enter in to see the glory and power of God’s goodness.

Did they get royalties for the number? Ice cream, cake, or what?

No, but they did think it was pretty cool to hear their own voices on the album. We are actually planning on releasing a Scripture Snack Kids CD soon!

The album debuted on No. 3 on iTunes Dance Charts which is pretty remarkable – what were/are your expectations for this album?

I’m at a place where I’ve kicked all limitations out of the way and have layed down all my own expectations to see and enjoy watching God do whatever He will & wants. We do the work and then most of the time I feel like I’m just along for the ride willing and ready to go wherever He wants next! We’ll See! He always does exceedingly greater than I think.

How did the collaboration with T-bone happen?

We are good friends! and; I had just done a couple songs on his upcoming album and so I showed him the song, he was down & there ya have it!

A song on the album, “Incorruptible” sounds like Coldplay’s Viva La Vida – Was it influenced by the tune?

This is a question for Shoc 🙂
It wasn’t. It was actually influenced by Titanium by David Guetta. It just so happened to sound like Viva La Vida with string rhythm that was used.


There is also a song on the album reminiscent of “Flashdance.” Though this is technically a dance album, who were you influenced by when you were writing the songs?

We were researching and experimenting with old and new sounds, so yes definitely you got it! Flash dance was just one of those classic move songs that we captured in Turbo Style. We merged a few favorite 80’s elements in this album with the attempt to bring that old friendly familiar sound and compliment it with a curious new fresh ones inspired by a clean spirit. Lyrically I am always writing from the position of my heart. Rarely does the music inspire my message it just reveals it and presents it appropriately.

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Beckah Shae. Photo: Facebook

What is your favorite song on the album and why?

Vision. Melodically I just love singing it, but lyrically it is taken from the treasures of my heart. It is one of my favorites because I am sure that without Vision, I am done. I once was blind, but now God has given me eyes to see. It is how I live, move and have my being. Having Vision helps me stay focused, stay on course, and stay strong. His Truth is all I seek to know. The more I see Jesus, the more Jesus is all I want to see. Focus on Jesus and everything will come into focus. With Vision we see, He is all we really Need.

Is electronic dance music a fad or do you see it getting even more prominence in popular culture?

It’s been around forever and although it’s in its grand stage right now, even if it fades a bit, I’m sure it will stay for quite a while. As for us, I’m not sure if this is where we will stick around, we like to be on the move with new genres and styles sounds.

Which songs are you currently listening to right now?

I love Israel Houghton, Hillsong & everything on my husbands playlist, He’s pretty much the DJ of my life!

Will you be releasing a summer single from your album?

After we release the video for Pioneer!

What is the most challenging part of being a parent in the music business?

It would probably be the few times we have to be apart from each other during international trips and such. They are my favorite people so it’s hard to even miss them for a few hours let alone a few days.

Any last words?

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 12:1-3 (Message)