by Tracy Darlington
Vicky Beeching Interview
"[Worship] is what we were created to do -- it's our destiny. So when I praise God I know that I am fulfilling my eternal purpose."
Originally from England but now making Nashville her home, artist Vicky Beeching's heart is for worship music. Her intelligent, catchy, and heart-felt songs have filled two studio albums thus far. Her sophomore effort, Painting the Invisible, includes the popular numbers "26 Summers" and "Join This Song". Vicky holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Theology from Oxford University.
She had lots of great insights to share with us, as well as some fun stories. Check it out!
Tracy: When did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
Vicky: I grew up in a very musical family, so it was always part of my life. But when I was about 16 I realized that it was what I wanted to spend my life doing as a full time ministry. The first time I used one of my own songs in a worship set and heard the congregation singing it back to God was very powerful for my heart, and I knew that was what I wanted to spend my life on!
What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you first started in music?
I wish I’d known that its OK to just be really honest, raw and “yourself” in your music. When I was younger I felt like you had to try and have it all together. Now I know that God accepts us as we are – broken and with our questions. It gives me permission to fully be myself in His presence. That’s something I’ve discovered over the last few years of my journey of worship.
Why is worship important to you?
It’s what we were created to do – it’s our destiny… So when I praise God I know that I am fulfilling my eternal purpose. When I lead others to praise Him I know I am helping them discover what they were created to do, which is really inspiring and energizing to my heart.
Do you have any advice for people who want to get involved in worship music?
For anyone wanting to get involved, I’d recommend just spending lots of time alone with God in private, worshipping and learning to sing to the audience of One, then gradually being in front of people. Ask God for a shepherd’s heart, to love His people. You have to love His people if you are going to lead them.
Tell me about your trip to Lima, Peru with Compassion International.
My trip was amazing. I got to walk through shanty towns and see Compassion really touching lives and making a difference there. I met many of the children in the school projects, and helped paint and decorate some homes. It broke my heart to see the poverty and how great their needs are. When they worshipped it was powerful, as you could see that God was all they had, yet He was totally enough and was their joy.
What’s the most important thing your missionary grandparents taught you?
That the Gospel has to be shared in word and deed. Just singing and speaking are not enough – you have to have Jesus’ heart for the needy and actually provide water for the thirsty and shelter for the homeless, then you can really say “Jesus loved you” and mean it. So worship can’t just be songs and desires, it has to translate into ACTION! As James said, “Faith without works is dead.”
Please share with us one or two stories your grandparents told you that you will never forget?
One would be when my Grandparent’s car, with my Mum in it (pregnant with me), almost spun out of control over a cliff. As the car blew a tire, my Grandmother shouted out “Jesus, Jesus help us!” and miraculously the car completely changed direction and came to a standstill at the side of the road.
Another would be when God rescued my Grandparents from a hold-up, when they were driving through a rough and deserted area of Zimbabwe. Someone came and held up their vehicle with guns, and tried to abduct my Grandmother. They prayed and somehow the attackers just left.
Where are you originally from in England, and how did you come to move to the States?
I’m from a town called Canterbury – you might have heard of the Canterbury Tales that were written about the city. I moved to Nashville TN almost 4 years ago, to work with EMI Records and make albums with them. God confirmed that it was His will, so I jumped into the adventure!
What’s surprised you most about America or Americans?
I’m always amazed how warm and friendly people are over here. They are in England too, but the States has a very endearing, warm, friendly culture that always amazes me – from someone walking on the street, or the person at the store check out – everyone seems happy to see you and asks how you’re doing. I love it!
What’s special to you about your album Painting the Invisible?
I loved making this record, and having so much encouragement from Ed Cash and Nathan Nockels. I wrote some of the songs at Keith Green’s old piano, which was also a huge inspiration!
What do you hope people will come away with when they listen to your album?
I hope people think more about Jesus than they do about my vocal, or my songs.. It’s hopefully an album that points to Him and inspired worship. So if people can praise Him through the music, that’s my aim!
How would you describe your music?
It’s worship, its melodic---hopefully the lyrics are accessible to everyone and people can relate and empathize with them.
Could you talk about some of the bands and songs that have impacted your life?
Over the years many bands have. Delirious was the main band I listened to growing up, so it was great to go on tour with them Spring 2007. That really encouraged me! I grew up on a mix of rock and roll, and Christian music so everything from the Beatles, to U2, Keith Green, Larry Norman, and more recently Switchfoot, Sigur Ros, Coldplay…it’s a long list!
Who are some authors you enjoy reading?
Henri Nouwen, C S Lewis, poetry from Wordsworth, Robert Frost..Donald Miller…
What most inspires your imagination?
Being outside is the biggest one – looking at creation and feeling near to God through that . . . especially the stars. Also movies and music really move my heart . . . and being with friends who are real and honest . . . and drinking coffee!
What’s the most memorable place you have performed and why? Ever had any unusual or embarrassing moments while you were on stage?
Probably Disneyland when the hydraulic stage that was supposed to lift me and the band up out of the floor as our set began got STUCK half way! It was hilarious!
Who is Vicky Beeching?
I’m an English girl who loves music, but at heart is an introvert usually found walking in the countryside or reading a book.
What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
I love juggling – I taught myself when I was in my early teens and now can do balls, rings, clubs and fire torches! I also love coffee which is unusual for a tea drinking British person!
When you’re not singing, what do you enjoy doing?
Being outside in nature, sitting in coffee shops reading with friends, I love jamming with friends on guitars, going to the movies . . .
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
I’m on a detox, so I had a fruit smoothie with a shot of “wheatgrass” in it. Wheatgrass is this powerful green grass-juice that you can buy at health food stores. It’s supposed to have tons of goodness in it!
Three things always found in your refrigerator:
Apple sauce, soy milk and yogurt.
You’re next in line at Starbucks. What are you ordering?
Iced grande decaf Americano with room for some milk and splenda
What’s left unchecked in your “goals for life” list?
Writing a book . . . learning to surf properly . . . owning a cute little dog!
What’s currently in your CD player/iPod?
Leeland and Sigur Ros.
When was the last time you cried?
At my counselor’s on Tuesday. He’s awesome – I think everyone needs counseling and should go!
In three words how would you describe yourself?
Thoughtful, passionate, smiling.
You’re at the checkout counter in Barnes & Noble and are purchasing something from the book, music & movie sections. What are you buying?
A new Bible (I’m a big fan of new translations), a sound track from a movie like Gladiator or some other epic film, and probably a new episode of The Office, American comedy show!
Anything else you’d like to say to TitleTrakk.com readers?
Stay close to Jesus, and He will fulfill your heart and you will really know peace and joy!
perform the song "Great Is the Glory" Live:
(Read our review and see pictures of the concert at which this video was filmed here.)
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.