by Tracy Darlington
Sarah Reeves Interview
"...worship is honoring God with every step that we take. It's not about religion, tradition, or regulations. It's about a pure relationship with our heavenly father." --Sarah Reeves
Worship leader. Song writer. Gifted artist. Girl next door. Prayer warrior. Prayer needer. Advocate for her generation. Intercessor for her generation. Next big thing.
Sarah Reeves has been called all these things, and with good reason – the 19 year-old Alabama native is a complex composite of each of these traits and so much more. She is fashionable, she's commonplace, she's demure, she's shy, she's outspoken, she's sensitive, she's bubbly, she's pensive, she’s completely engaging – and that’s before her first cup of coffee.
Can you share with us a little background on how you got started in music?
I grew up in a family of musicians. I watched my dad record in studios and lead worship at church. He strongly influenced my life musically and I began playing piano and singing BGV's for him at church. It eventually evolved into playing in my big brother’s band, then worship leader at my church's youth group.
A demo of yours found it's way into the hands of Tiffany Lees (Plumb). How did that come about?
In June 2007, I handed her one of my demos at my father’s request at a festival. She ended up listening to it and calling my house the next day saying she wanted to help me further my career in music. Since then, her and her husband have taken me on and introduced me to the wonderful world of the music industry.
Your bio says that you have one goal and one destiny. Can you explain?
My ultimate goal is to lead people into the loving arms of Jesus. It's so easy to lose focus and get caught up in the music and the business of my career, but at the end of the day, my destiny is eternity with Jesus and my goal is leading hearts into His kingdom.
At 15 years old, how did you know God was calling you to pursue music?
I have always known that I wanted to make music my living, but when I was 15 I was attending a youth camp. For the first time, I saw teenagers that were radically pursuing the heart of God. They were enjoying His presence. The second night I was there was one that I will never forget. God filled me with His Holy Spirit and called me to be a worship leader. When I got back home, He immediately opened up the doors for me to lead worship at my church's youth group.
Is their a story behind your song, "Sweet Sweet Sound"?
This song was birthed out of spontaneous worship. I was writing with producer/songwriter, Ed Cash and we decided to start off our writing session with worship. Out of our worship song, I started singing..."Let it be a sweet sweet sound" over and over. He stopped me and said, there it is, that's our song.
What message do you want people to come away with when they listen to "Sweet Sweet Sound"?
The message of true worship, that worship is more than just a song or a service at church. It is a lifestyle. My prayer is that hearts would come to know that worship is honoring God with every step that we take. It's not about religion, tradition, or regulations. It's about a pure relationship with our heavenly father. It is the delight of my heart to please him and make him smile. I hope that people will let that be the cry of their hearts, the simple cry of, "God, let my life be a sweet sweet sound unto you."
What was the biggest challenge you had when you recorded this project?
Well my first day in the studio, I was sick...of all the days to get sick! That whole first week of recording, I was congested and my throat was really sore. But after that, the recording process was actually really fun. I had great producers and musicians that made me laugh and understood my heart for worship. It was a great experience over all.
What's your favorite song on this CD and why?
Honestly, it seems to change every day. I don't have a set favorite, but today I think it's "My Savior". This song comes from the story of Peter walking on the water to Jesus. As long as he kept His eyes on Jesus, he remained walking on the water, but when he took His eyes off of Jesus, He began to sink. Jesus reached out His hand and rescued him though. It's a great reminder that even when we fall down and scrape our knees, our heavenly father will always be there to pick us back up on our feet and save us.
Are there any steps you take to stay on track spiritually?
I always do my best to find time to just get alone with God, to dig into His word and just worship Him. I've found that to be more of a challenge since I've been on the road. The Lord has been giving me an awareness of His presence daily. No matter where I am, He is right beside me, listening and talking to me. I also have an accountability partner and we keep each other on track spiritually.
If you could say one thing to this generation, what would you say?
Life is too short to play games. God has been placing the word eternity on my heart lately, reminding me that this life is but a breath. It's not about how we look, how popular we get, or what people think about us. It's about living for the kingdom and building our treasures in Heaven . . . that is where our true home is.
What's the coolest prayer God has ever answered for you?
Psalm 2:8 says, "Ask and I will give you the nations as your inheritance". When I read that, I thought why not, and started praying that God would give me the nations, so that I could be used by Him to spread His love. God has answered my prayer and has given me access to the nations. I'm so thankful.
What's the biggest obstacle in your life that God has helped you overcome?
Fear. I grew up extremely shy, and never thought I would be able to stand in front of a crowd of people and speak. God has always given me the calling and boldness to sing in front of people, but speaking was a different story. In this career, I'm having to minister and speak quite a bit and I was always so afraid. It's pretty awesome to look back on my life and see how God has given me the boldness to not only sing, but speak His truth. It's amazing to hear people come up to me and tell me the things that I said touched their hearts. It just proves that God's power is made strong in our weaknesses.
What's the most memorable place you have ever played?
There have been many memorable places, but the coolest one was when our worship set lasted for about 3 hours at a gathering near our home. The power of God fell and people were getting set free and saved during the worship service alone. It was an awesome encounter with God that night.
Anything else you'd like to say to TitleTrakk.com readers?
God is completely in love with you. He has a beautiful plan for your life. Do not let the enemy bring you down and lie to you. God has chosen you for a such a time as this. Worship him with all of your heart and do not be selfish with His love.
Tracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.