Step off the balcony and into the backyard of Jill Parrs home and youll find a little garden nestled beyond a young willow tree in the corner where two wooden fences meet. When shes not on the road youll find her there most days weeding, nurturing and encouraging the plants to achieve their God-given design and yield life giving vegetables and fruit for her family. Its not unlike her mission in life these days. "Im determined to encourage young women who cant find a way to feel good about themselves no matter what they do and to reclaim the hearts of moms who find themselves torn between their childhood dreams and finding satisfaction in ten loads of laundry," says Parr.
A tall order coming from a woman who stands 4 feet 11 inches high and sings as if shes pulling notes out of her toes and yet on her third national release, Me Again, releasing on Whiplash Records this is exactly her focus. On songs like, Reach, she articulates in syncopated bursts,
Im no longer comfortable living a harmless life / Im tired of coming up short / Im tired of losing the faith / This is a revolution / This is my revolution.
"On this record and on every stage I climb onto I say what Im saying with an honest conviction because this is my real life not a stylized marketing plan," says Parr, "Ive personally felt completely lost with no hope of ever feeling better about myself. Ive actually sat down on the floor and cried because I couldnt see how my dreams and the fatigue of motherhood would ever balance themselves out."
According to Parr this apparent impasse was a well timed attack by the evil one intended to undermine the mission for her life. "The lie has no effect on you unless you believe it," she says, "but the truth has no impact either unless you believe it. Once I finally got it through my head that God loves me like a Father who will ferociously fight for my heart it all clicked for me." The song Where I Belong (inspired by John and Stasi Eldredges book Captivating) talks about this discovery.
Ive been waiting right here / For You to come and rescue me / I have finally found a place I can feel safe and strong / I can say Im beautiful, this is where I belong /
County Line is another song that finds Jill acting like a laser beam piercing through flesh and revealing the heart.
There is town at the foot of a mountain of memory/ Ive lived there for years / A lifetime of fears and insecurity/ Never could measure up / Ive lived there for long enough / Its time to say good-bye
"I came to a point where I thought all the mistakes Id made would forever outweigh any good I could ever offer," she remembers, "I thought it would be easier for God to just start over with someone else but thats just not His style. Its a lot easier to create than it is to redeem and yet for me and every other person breathing He continues to fight to restore and redeem us. I sit speechless when I think about it."
When it comes to the Christian music scene Jill Parr is no newcomer. Shes chalked up 5 national and international radio hits, numerous promotional tours, the coveted Billboard Magazines critics pick and hundreds of tour dates and yet Me Again comes from a completely different place than her previous efforts. "In some ways I could have called the record, I Dont Really Care," Laughs Parr, "Ive spent so many years doing the dance and essentially bowing my knee to the music industry like we all do as we claw our way to visibility and then yell at the top of our lungs for attention. I just couldnt stomach another jog down that path so I decided to get fiercely independent and make the record I needed to make and let the chips fall where they may. Its God Im trying to honor here not well researched ways to sell Christian Music."
The difference is loud and clear. Produced by veteran producer and husband Brian Hardin (FFH, Nouveaux, Manic Drive, David Meece, These Five Down, Paul Alan, Vicki Yohe) the record drips with integrity and edge and yet holds true to the ritual approach to detail Parr is known for vocally.
When asked to describe the project, she smiles, "Its cool moms rock. I made a record I would listen to and Ill bet Im not the only one."
It seems shes right on both counts.
My mission is to fear God, to let the roots of faith go deep, to trust without question and to encourage others along the same path. My heart is to recapture the imagination of women stuck in the mundane; to reclaim the dreams that God has given and to dare those who have never felt purpose for their lives to learn what God has placed them here for. My passion is to remind people how God looks on them with love and longing and Im out to accomplish this one person at a time.
The interview was turbulent from the get-go| Posted April 20, 2018
The interview was turbulent from the get-go. Le Batard pressed Manfred on washington nationals jersers whether the commissioner atlanta braves jersers was aware that new Marlins ownership led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter planned to slash payroll. Manfred said he refused to be deposed, and that MLB does not approve operating decisions of individual clubs. Le Batard followed up by saying Manfred was starting with a lie, which Manfred took exception to, saying that he wouldn’t be called a liar.
If, semantically, what Manfred said was not an outright lie, it certainly does not appear to have been truthful.wholesale baseball jersers
After the interview, Barry Jackson of the chicago white sox jersers Miami Herald wrote, “Two people directly involved in the sales process said that Jeter and Sherman were required atlanta braves jersers to tell other owners their intentions with payroll during the approval process, and that they informed the other owners that payroll would be cut from $115 million to the $85 million to $90 million range, with $85 million used at times and $90 million other times in those discussions.”
Jackson later went on Spain and Fitz on ESPN Radio and reiterated this sourcing, emphasizing that the Marlins’ payroll slashing plan was labeled “Project Wolverine,” and that of course Manfred knew:
“He was totally aware of st. louis cardinals jersers it, and I think he was disingenuous in his interview with Dan Le Batard today. Now, you could parse words, and chicago white sox jersers say chicago white sox jersers that Manfred was correct in saying that he did not know that the Marlins specifically would trade Stanton, Gordon, and Ozuna, but for him to suggest that he was unaware colorado rockies jersers that there would be significant payroll slashing is simply chicago white sox jersers not accurate.
In order for Jeter and cincinnati reds jersers his business partner Bruce Sherman to get the team, they prepared this document, which was called Project Wolverine, for reasons unknown, and this document was circulated to potential investors — several of blue ervin santana authentic jersers whom ended up investing — and it specifically said that under his plan payroll would be cut from $115 million last season to $90 million this year. Major league owners were aware of this plan. So was Rob Manfred. This came up during the approval process. So, for the Commissioner, and all due respect to him, but for him to go on Le Batard’s show today and say that he was unaware of this plan simply rings not accurate to me.”
Le Batard, who was scheduled for time off today and all of next week, opened his radio show Thursday by saying, “It might be the last show of the year, or it might just be the last show forever, because this has been unpleasant.”