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Interview with Ellie Holcomb

Interview with Ellie Holcomb

By Mathew Reames on February 26, 2015

All About Worship's, Mathew Reames, interviews Ellie Holcomb on her newest album, songwriting, and faith.

 MATHEW REAMES: This past year you released your first solo album, As Sure As The Sun. How did your methods differ on this from your work with your husband’s band?

ELLIE HOLCOMB: I wrote for Drew’s band for a lot of years and loved it, but I also kept accidentally writing songs about Jesus. This record was written out of an intensely personal place as a cathartic way of working out my faith. I just kept sitting in God’s word and letting music come out saying, ”Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief.” So my music deals more overtly with faith and the struggle and joys of that journey.

MATHEW: You are about to go out on tour with Third Day visiting multiple cities across America. Anything you want to share about this tour and your involvement?

ELLIE: I’m so honored to be opening for Third Day on this tour! I love the music that they make, and what I’ve heard from this worship record that they’re releasing is just wonderful as well.

MATHEW: In your solo work, while it maintains the soulful folk vibe you are known for it has a strong overtone of worship. Was this intentional? Or did you just write songs and realize afterwards that they became worship?

ELLIE: I spent a lot of time reading the Psalms as I wrote this record, and I love David’s honesty with God. Whether he is full of joy, doubt, pain or regret, he is directing his heart's cry towards the Lord. I didn’t intentionally set out to write worship songs, but I suppose that’s what happens when we just direct our hearts, whether they’re aching or rejoicing, towards the One who loves us most. I’m so grateful, that because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, that we can come as we are to receive mercy and life.

MATHEW: What is your approach to songwriting, and what is the best advice you could give or have been given concerning songwriting?

ELLIE: I mainly sit in God’s word and let music come out. Writing songs is a cathartic and personal process for me when it comes to my own music. I usually start off with a melody and sit in God’s word to find what promises sing into the melody well.

The best advice I’ve been given on songwriting is to simply tell the truth. My dad always says to write what God would want to hear from His people and what His people need to hear from God. I love that.

MATHEW: You and your husband work with Young Life, yet also have a growing following in mainstream media. How do you balance the two?

ELLIE: We take it one day at a time. We always want to be intentional about serving and supporting what Young Life does because we’ve seen God use this ministry powerfully in people’s lives and it’s been a life-giving organization to link arms with for us personally. Young Life feels more like family than anything else to us, but our schedule is very busy, so we’ve just had to take it a day and a year at a time. We serve and volunteer when we’re able, and every time we’re able to, we’re blessed.

MATHEW: What are your current inspirations? Books? Music? Etc…what has been impacting your life, and music lately?

ELLIE: I am loving Brene’ Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection and Steffany Gretzingers album “The Undoing.” Both are undoing me in the most beautiful ways.

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Mathew Reames

Mathew Reames

Mathew is a missionary and a worship leader serving the global body of Christ through worship training, biblical teaching, and evangelism. He resides in Lawrence, KS and Serves at Eagle Rock Church when not on the mission field.