At the age of sixteen, Rebecca St. James became one of the biggest voices in Christian music in the '90s, inspiring many young artists who would come after her. With a career spanning over a decade and nearly a dozen albums under her belt, it's not surprising that the Australian artist, author, and actor decided to take an undefined hiatus after getting married in 2011. The last fans heard musically from the Christian pop icon was her 2011 worship album I Will Praise You. But is Rebecca slowly making a comeback into music?
Recently, Rebecca was featured on a recording of "Amazing Grace" along with her brothers Luke and Joel Smallbone, otherwise known as For King and Country. The song was part of a multi-artist compilation album entitled My Utmost for His Highest, recorded in honor of the beloved devotional by Oswald Chambers. But Rebecca's collaboration with her brothers doesn't stop there. For King and Country recently posted a photo of Luke and Joel in the studio giving their smiling sister a kiss on each cheek. "Not only is our beloved sister Rebecca St. James in the studio with us working on album 3, but we also just released our first ever song/duet together," the brothers wrote. Rebecca shared the photo as well, saying that she loved working in the studio with her brothers on their new album. Rebecca also performed with For King and Country this summer during a week-long cruise in Alaska.
Could all this recent activity mean that we're seeing the return of Rebecca St. James? Can we hope for more tours and new music in the future? It's hard to say for certain, but Rebecca may be "open" to it. She posted on Facebook today, "I was encouraged by a 'soul-sister' on my birthday this year to ask God for one word that represents this new year of my life. I loved the concept and the word I felt that He gave me was 'open' ... open hands in surrender, open heart to Him and to new adventures." Click here to follow Rebecca on Facebook for continued updates on if those new adventures could indeed mean some new tunes.