The lives of the three, red-headed, identical triplet sisters Nicole, Natalie and Nika Taylor are best summed up in the band name Red Roots
. Their journey of growth can be heard and seen through the band, but was ultimately shaped by their "roots" of family, faith, and music.
"Having Christian parents first helped develop our Red Roots," the band writes on their website. "Each lyric comes from who we are, where we've come from, and who we want to be. Our common faith in Jesus Christ lets us know that it's okay to not know it all. Just trust that He does. His blood on the cross is the true inspiration for our Red Roots, and our red hair is just a bonus!"
released earlier this year, and I had the opportunity to interview the band in-person at Creation Festival Northeast
about their single, "Great Big Yes."
Please tell me the personal story behind this song.
There is somebody at every event, in every room, and at some point everybody has felt this way at some point in their life. God convicted my heart when I first became a Christian and felt so lost and alone at times, and would wonder what more I could be doing for God. I felt Him answer that He didn't need me to do anything and He loves me the way that I am. It is fun and a joy to be a Christian. There is freedom we have in Christ.
As believers, we are serving our Creator and I feel like on television and everywhere else, people are trying to fill that void in their souls and follow after their desires but nothing ever helps them completely. All of those pursuits have consequences and nothing worldly helps them for very long.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
Ephesians 3:19-21 (NKJV):
"to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
Psalm 46:10 (NKJV):
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"
1 Kings 19:12 (KJV):
And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
John 14:16 (NKJV):
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.
1 John 4:8 (NKJV):
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
What is the takeaway message?
Spending time with God every day is so important. We try to have our own devotions every day and if there's a day that I miss I can tell in my spirit that I missed it. I'm more likely to slip up and I'm not perfect. I know I need my time with God. God is our Comforter. We realize in the band that things get crazy and aren't going to go our way. Sometimes we are just like "what's going on?" When things are going bad, or stressful, we know God is there for us. We want people to know that God loves them. That's the main thing about Christianity is that Jesus Christ loves you, He died for you. He will change your life. Don't try to change your life before you come to Him. You can't change your life. Only God can save you and change you. God can use imperfect people.
Especially getting into the routine of spending time with God is important. We really need to take time to hear His 'still small voice' speaking to us. We mess up all the time and know that things aren't all in our hands. God will provide us the comfort we need. God is in control even in our messes. He has a purpose for your life. He gave His Son for you. He wants to use you. If you let Him use you, He will. You will have comfort and purpose in your life.
Do you know somebody with a broken heart
Maybe the person in the mirror
Do you know somebody who's gone too far
Wishing maybe they could disappear
Do their best but it's never enough
Can't seem to get unstuck
All day long you keep yourself running
When your head hits the pillow
The questions start comin' like
Is anybody out there
Does anybody know me at all
Does anybody hear me
I'm on the edge and I'm trying not to fall
Is there anybody strong enough to fix this mess
The answer is a great big yes
Has your soul been longing for a whole lot more
Something bigger to believe in
Than all the stuff that didn't work before
Right now you're barely breathing
Gotta be something really real
To get ya off of that spinning wheel
Where everything's a little unsure
And something inside you whispers
Cause there's a great big love
From a great big God
Who's more than enough
When He's all you've got
Let the God of all Comfort
Calm all the thunder
So you'll never wonder...
Prior to Creation, I had listened to the Country Christian album Triplicity by the triplets Nicole, Natalie and Nika Taylor, and knew they would be a perfect band to kick off the new Country Stage venue. They blew me away with their artistry and love of the Lord. The band is named for their red hair and for the blood of Jesus that makes us clean.
Their excellent set at Creation Northeast
included their gorgeous songs "If I Could," "Beautiful," and "Great Big Yes," and the catchy anthems "Straight Shooter" and "Christian Country Girl." I expect big things for this talented trio, and having 3 daughters of my own I was immediately drawn to their story.
A good way to describe these talented sisters from having seen them and met them is that their music is both exciting and reflective. All of their songs celebrate the joy and freedom we have in the Lord. They also have worship songs that celebrate God's goodness and mercy in a prayerful and reverent way. God is speaking to us in His still, small voice as Red Roots proclaim in the song, and as believers we need to take time to "be still and know that He is God." If we aren't spending time with God, and cutting out the noise of life, we can't hear Him telling us "yes."
A truth that has stuck in my mind since I first heard it is found in one of the most prayerful and vulnerable moments in "Great Big Yes" which asks, "Is there anybody strong enough to fix this mess, the answer is a great big yes. 'Cause there's a great big love, from a great big God." We are all in need of a great big God to fix our mess in some way, and the beauty of grace is that it is not something we deserve or can earn, but is a free gift from our Great, Big God. Amen to that!
(Listen to the song here