There comes a point in every artist's life when they need to go beyond simply scratching the surface and truly invest every ounce of their soul in the creative process. Though powerhouse vocalist Rachael Lampa's consistently belted out reflections from the heart, this self-titled outing finds her letting loose with no holds barred abandon, upping the expository level and relating to her audience with new found candor and maturity.
For the first time in the 19-year-old singer's career, Lampa's taken to the songwriting circuit where she's co-penned each of her new disc's eleven tracks. It's the latest inventive chapter of a career that's already sold over 600,000 CDs between 2002's Kaleidoscope and the 2000 debut Live For You (which have subsequently spawned the number one singles "Blessed," "Shaken," "God Loves You" and "Live For You").
"The events of my life in the past year have really prepared me for this record and shown me the importance of simple honesty in life, and in this case, my music," says the four time Dove nominee and winner of 2001's Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year for "Blessed." "I have always had journals and collected my thoughts in ways of writing. After a while, it's hard not to talk about the things that I feel so strongly about and how crucial faith is in everything."
Indeed the last few years of Lampa's life have been a whirlwind, filled primarily with non-stop touring and the sessions for this recording, though she also found time to graduate high school and move out on her own. Despite living a seemingly different lifestyle in the recording industry and practically growing up in the spotlight, this songbird has always maintained a decorum of normalcy.
"The lifestyle change came very gradually for me," she notes of the ride that began at 14-years-old. "It has truly been a time of transition for me as I have recently graduated high school and moved from Colorado to Tennessee. I am feeling the weight of stepping out on my own and have had chance to reflect on these changing times in my writing."
Along with the increased intensity surrounding the project's subjects comes an elevation in sonic diversity and instrument choices. At times such weighty topics are matched by a more aggressive pop/rock fusion, ranging from the bouncy thumps of "Rubber House" to the chunky guitar jangle of "Outrageous" to the horn slapped ska of "Being Alive." Such stylistic differentiation (along with the simmering pedal steel soul accompaniment by Robert Randolph on "Good Life," the piano plated ballad "You Never Know" and the funky bass wallops of "Room For Me") come with the collaborative help of GRAMMY award winning producer Tommy Sims (Eric Clapton, Amy Grant, Michael McDonald, CeCe Winans).
"When we first met, his brother was my drummer and he came around to rehearsals," says Lampa of Sims. "It first started as us being acquaintances and then buds, but when the label first suggested we work together, I said with a laugh 'Am I worthy of that?' Musically I've definitely grown so much and wanted to experiment with rock, funk and everything in between. I've loved what he's worked on in the past. We met right on the same page from the time we sat down to write and plan for this project and we had an absolute blast making it!"
But more than flawlessly executing a blueprint and excelling with cutting edge musicianship or ambitious experimentation, Lampa wants the self-titled record to be a spirit stirring experience destined to lead listeners down a Godly path. Having a crystalline voice over glistening arrangements and gliding progressions is merely icing on the cake in an overall winning package.
"I'm so excited to get out there and sing these new songs and share this part of my heart," Lampa confirms. "I want people to see that this is just a snapshot of my life and I just happened to be making a record at this time. I feel that it is my call to share what I have learned and experienced and how God has revealed himself in all of it."
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