As a child, it became clear that I had a good ear and a clear voice. I grew up with parents who loved to sing and I have had a great deal of musical influences, particularly from sacred music, classical music and my father’s sixties’ and seventies’ guitar favourites!
At school I was often chosen to be the soloist and lead performer at church services, musical productions and concerts. However, as a young teenager I began to notice the different types of music and the “spirit” behind a musical performance or work, and I knew I had to examine my own motives.
My “heart relationship” with the piano began after I had decided to stop having lessons when I was fifteen, and was starting to pray and cry out to God in the midst of my turbulent life. Playing the piano became a channel of communicating my heart to God, and also receiving his peace, reassurance and benevolence – much like prayer.
After I was born again at the age of seventeen, I made the decision to consecrate my music to God, and chose to primarily be involved in music that acknowledges the God of the Bible and glorifies Him alone.
Following this, I was invited by church leaders to accompany hymn-singing and lead worship bands. I have been doing this wherever I have lived for 18 years. I am a worshipper, but most of my own devotional songs are not normally designed to be sung by a congregation.
My songs flow out of my journey with the Lord. They often comprise of truths from the Bible that have become alive to me in a fresh way.
Many are declarations, or reminders, of what He has done for me and who I am in Him.
When I have gone through a challenge or time of brokenness, I have written songs to embed in my spirit that God is good and that what is eternally true cannot be shaken.
Often, the Holy Spirit has inspired me and I will have sudden surge at the piano where multiple pieces of music flow one after the other, as if being downloaded from another realm.
Sometimes, a particular event or revelation has sparked off a new song, which is then used to encourage, comfort and strengthen those who hear it. I have been greatly influenced by the sincerity and passion of the late Keith Green. His love of the truth of Jesus Christ and the desire to be totally surrendered to the Lord in this world, despite its deceit and hypocrisy, really inspires and motivates me to do the same in my generation.
I sometimes use my French horn…. It is a symbol of the heraldic nature of an evangelist/prophet, sounding a wake-up call and exhortation to this generation.