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Interview with Kari Jobe About Her New Album

Interview with Kari Jobe About Her New Album

By Julie Terwilliger, Chris Olson on March 05, 2012

Our team members, Chris Olson and Julie Terwilliger, recently had the chance to interview worship artist/songwriter, Kari Jobe, about her new album - Where I Find You.

In listening to the new record, we noticed an almost indescribable difference in the “feel” of the album as compared to your debut. Do you feel this album has a different feel (sonically speaking), and if so, what do you attribute that to?

I wanted this new album to have a really big sound. Mainly because of the season I was in when I wrote it...I needed music that was really moving and that I could turn up really loud and pray at the top of my lungs. I felt like my new album needed a stronger sound and more of a drive for people to get up, pace the floor and declare the Goodness of God.

When choosing a cover song to record, out of the many songs out there, how do you arrive on your final selection? (PS, LOVE “Love Came Down” on this album…)

I don’t ever go out looking for cover songs. I worship to lots of different songs all the time and “Love Came Down” just really really really blessed me in a major season of my life and I just LOVED how beautiful it is...and wanted to record it so more people in my circle would hear it!

When you write a song, do you intentionally write it as a congregational song, or do you write simply as an outpouring from yourself to God and see what comes out?

I think it’s a mixture of both. I have it in the back of my mind that I want people to be able to sing along so I’ll be mindful of that, but I don’t let it hold me back from pouring out what I really feel or sense. Sometimes it turns into a ministry type song that I can sing over people...and other times the songs are more congregational.

You are on tour a lot, but you also have a close connection to your home church in Texas. How do you balance being involved at the local church vs. touring and all that goes with being a performing worship artist?

I love what I do! It definitely never gets boring. I think it’s super important for worship leaders to stay connected to their local church. It gives such a covering and such a sense of reality. Going home and just serving your church and seeing people that you’ve known and worshipped with for years and years...it’s so good for your soul. I also have such an incredible church that helped me find the right balance of being home and being gone. Each scenario for an artist or worship leader is different, but you have to remember to serve your Pastor and really try to serve him as much as you can. He will usually give a good bit of wisdom to how much he’d like you to be home vs. being gone. It takes a lot of prayer though!

How has writing & recording this album changed you? Musically? Spiritually?

The season I was going through as I wrote this album was one the hardest seasons of my life. One of those kinds of seasons where you find yourself saying to God, “Really? Now? You know this isn’t the best timing for me to find out this information or to be in this hard place.” But as always, God knows everything and it served to be such a precious time of me crying out to God for my own life...and it turn out you can really hear it in the lyrics and vocals on the CD. I’m thankful that God uses our pain to help others...that makes hard things that we walk through in life worth it if it means other people’s lives will be impacted and helped along the way too.

Musically, I really feel like I have grown vocally since my last album...probably because I sing almost every day now, which is so fun. It’s made my voice stronger. But I believe that you can hear the “cry” in my voice in a lot of my new songs where I was really crying out to God for my own heart and life too. It makes me think of intercession as I was singing these songs over people...praying that they would help people. I was needing that for myself as well.

In talking about this album, you have said that we need to “learn to fall more in love with the Lord and trust Him in the middle of every storm.” What is the main thing you want listeners to get out of this album, and how do you see that played out in the album?

Life isn’t easy and sometimes the road God gives us to walk down is really rough and bumpy. But He never leaves us nor forsakes us, so we know that He will be in the middle of our season. Instead of getting jaded or getting angry at God, use the pain you are walking through to draw you closer to the Lord. He cares for us and will give us the strength and grace to walk through it all. You’ll be stronger on the other side.

Okay, this one is for the ladies; your style is so eclectic & fun, where do you get all your cute stuff?

Ha! Love this question! I really get a lot of my ideas from my sister! She is amazing! But also from People Style magazine, Free People, Anthropologie! You can get ideas and then always find stuff that looks the same at Target, Urban Outfitters and Forever 21! Just be creative!

Kari, thanks so much for taking the time to share with our readers!

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Julie Terwilliger

Julie Terwilliger

Julie is a business owner, designer, worship leader, and iPhoneographer. She loves Jesus, elevating others, laughing & living life to the fullest with her husband & son in Michigan.

Chris Olson

Chris Olson

Chris has been involved in worship ministry in some way for over 20 years, ranging from worship team guitarist/bassist/drummer to staff worship pastor. Chris presently serves as one of the worship leaders at Grace Church in Overland Park, KS, and is also a songwriter with a passion to write songs for the local church.  Chris married WAY up when his wife Rachel said “I do,” and they have two awesomely awesome kids, Aedan and Caitlin.