BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#651 - "More Than Gold" by Abigail Duhon
Teen artist Abigail Duhon shares the important purpose behind the title track for her catchy new EP.
 


Young New Orleans based artist Abigail Duhon grew up immersed in both art and Christian faith. Despite committing her life to Christ at a young age, Abigail began wrestling with severe doubts about her self-worth when she was 10 years old, beginning to feel that she was worthless and not good enough. Through that process Abigail's faith in God was strengthened as she learned to rely on Him to speak the truth about who she was. Her relationship with Him has shaped the music that she makes.

Her latest, the brand new More Than Gold EP, shows her ability to sing both deep and upbeat EDM style songs, with the EP featuring tracks like "Give Me More" and "Dance Up" featuring Spencer Kane. I had the chance to speak with Abigail about "More than Gold," which is also featured in the movie soundtrack of the human-trafficking awareness film Caged No More coming to theaters January, 2016. .

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

This song was written by Levi Mitchell. We wanted him to write the song, and he is an amazing writer. There is a movie coming out called Caged No More, and I am in the film. The song was written specifically for the movie and is featured in it. The film is about human trafficking, which is a very heavy topic, but it is so real today. When we were first approached about being in the film, my mom encouraged me that we needed to be involved because it is such a big problem. People need to know about it and be encouraged to do something.

I personally had an experience when I was 13 years old and I was on the beach. My parents were in the hotel room and my brother was in the water. A man came up to me and without my knowing he took a picture of me and asked me my name and where I was from, and I was naïve enough to talk with him. My brother came up, and he walked away. We told the police, and they let us know that he was a human trafficker. I realized that it could happen to anyone. It gave me the courage to be in this movie.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT): "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."

Song of Songs 4:7 (NIV): "You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you."
  
Psalm 139:13-14 (NKJV): "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."
 
Psalm 139:17-18 (NKJV): "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You."

Romans 12:2 (The Voice): "Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete."

What is the takeaway message?

This song means a lot to me personally. It addresses girls who may be involved in trafficking, and to anyone, the message is that you're worth more than gold. Whatever you've gone through in your life, it's going to help others, and your story is waiting to be told. 

When I was younger I went through spiritual warfare that was holding me back from my career. I felt worthless and that my life had no meaning, which was crazy, but I believed it. I got depressed, and through God and His amazing love and the joy He gives me every day, I got through that. This song can mean so many different things to me and other people, and my hope is that it can change lives the way God did for me. 

Lyrics:
You feel lost, broken, confused
And losing the fight in you
You feel hopeless, stolen, and used
It's taking the light from you
Please hear me when I tell you the truth

You are worth more than gold
A beautiful story, waiting to be told
You are worth more than a moment
A precious heart, not to be broken
You are worth more than gold
A love so worthy, it can't, it can't be sold

You feel empty, crushed, and bruised
Like your heart is breaking in two
You wanna escape, I know you do
'Cause this life can be so cruel
But you should know you are a jewel

You are worth more than gold
A beautiful story, waiting to be told
You are worth more than a moment
A precious heart, not to be broken
You are worth more than gold
A love so worthy, it can't, it can't be sold

I just want to put my arms around you
I just want to hold you in my embrace 
I just want to tell you, it's all over, over
I just want to tell you it's okay


"More than Gold" and the Caged No More feature film are about raising awareness of human trafficking, aiding in connecting anti-trafficking organizations, equipping parents, schools and churches to aid in prevention, and assisting in eradicating trafficking. It is Abigail's and the film's prayer that the church would be a light to even the most difficult and unspeakable problems that it faces. If you are looking to get involved in this important issue, International Justice Mission (IJM) is a human rights agency that works toward justice for victims of human sex trafficking and other forms of enslavement.

I recently met Kate Saurman, and I was very moved by the work she is doing for the organization Shores of Grace. From their website: "Shores of Grace is a worship and missionary ministry currently headquartered in Recife, Brazil, led by Nic and Rachael Billman. Our focus is setting those in prostitution and abuse free and walking them through restoration; taking the love of the Father to the poor and the broken and helping them see their true value, and equipping and serving the church in Brazil. The goal of our staff is to reveal Father God in all that we do. Whether we're leading worship in a church, walking the streets of Brazil or shopping at the local grocery store, we want to reveal the Father. This is the calling that God has placed on our lives and we believe it's a calling for the whole church, for all of the sons and daughters of the living God. To live a life of compassion and power where miracles and healing follow us everywhere we go, just as they did with Jesus."

Look at injustice in the world through God's eyes, and you can't help but be moved to act. Whatever cause you support, be passionate about it and speak into the cause consistently. Ask yourself if you're losing sight of God's purpose for you. Don't give up on worthy causes like stopping human trafficking. Jesus commands believers to love others as He loved us, and to show His love by helping people who can't help themselves. 

In the song, Abigail is also speaking out against conforming to the pressures brought about by society, and she's encouraging young girls to find their identity in God. As Christians, we are God's elected sons and daughters, and we are "fearfully and wonderfully made." Having three young daughters, I am passionate about this topic. There are important messages about our self-worth and identity in Christ that we all need to hear in this great new song: "You are worth more than gold, a beautiful story, waiting to be told. You are worth more than a moment. A precious heart, not to be broken, you are worth more than gold. A love so worthy, it can't, it can't be sold." Amen to that!

(Watch the music video here.)

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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