CCM artist London Gatch is welcoming a new season: she and her husband, Lance, are about to have their second child. The two had their first child in 2017. That same year, the couple resigned from their roles at Elevation Church, North Carolina. Now, in 2019, two years after London embarked on her solo career, she's eager to share her latest album, New Stories, with the world. I connected with London to discuss her new album, her history with Elevation Worship and more.
You released your first solo album in February. How's life been like since then?
For our family, 2019 is a year of giving birth both physically and spiritually. We're just a few weeks away from having our second little baby girl. And we couldn't be more excited to see our family grow from three to four. As we've been counting down the months and weeks until meeting our second child, God has also blessed us with the opportunity to release these special songs into the world.
The release of my new album, New Stories, has been such a freeing and therapeutic experience for me. I'm so thankful for the chance to share what God has been speaking to me, changing in my head, and healing in my heart. Even though it's hard to be vulnerable and honest about such personal feelings, my prayer is that as people worship God through these songs, they will experience the same healing and breakthrough that I have.
You left Elevation Worship to pursue a solo career. How has your career been like since leaving Elevation? More creative freedom?
Just to clarify, my husband Lance and I had no plans to pursue a solo career when we resigned from Elevation. We felt God clearly leading us into a new season. And, we both knew that meant it was time to step away from our roles as members of Elevation Worship and resign from our staff positions at the church. But, we had no plans or jobs lined up. We just had to trust that we were hearing from God and that He would lead us into whatever was next for our family. It wasn't until months later that He opened the door for our partnership with BEC Worship and an opportunity to make this album.
Tell us more about your recently released album. What's the overall theme? Why did you call it New Stories?
New Stories is a collection of 10 songs that are both prayers for emotional and spiritual healing and songs of gratitude for all that we've seen God do in our lives during a hard time of transition.
"Jesus Only You" is the first song we wrote and released from this project. I feel that it speaks to the main message of the whole album: Jesus, only you can make it right again. You're not only the God whose glory is higher than the heavens. But, you're also the God who is close enough to see our every need and heal our every wound.
This song has been such a good reminder for me that even when it feels like the world around us is falling apart, we have a great and faithful God who loves us more than we can fathom. He calls us his children. There is nothing too broken that He can't fix. He is the God of the impossible. And we can trust that He will lead us out of the darkness and into the light. He will stay right by our side and give us fresh new stories of His power and presence and joy. Thank you, God, that you make all things new.
Where do you see your career in the next two years?
My hope is that I will be leading worship and writing songs for the church. I'm excited and ready for whatever God has in store for our family over the next few years.
What are some of your favorite artists and music that you listen to and why?
At home, Lance and I love to listen to old standards. It makes the house feel so peaceful. Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday are some of our favorites. And now that we have a little girl, we listen to a lot of Disney princess movie soundtracks. Right now, we are all stuck on Beauty and the Beast.
How do you balance family life and your music career?
Growing up a part of a family in ministry, I had the opportunity to learn from the example my parents set for me--both the good and bad. My biggest positive takeaway was the importance of making ministry about the whole family. It's not just something that parents do on their own while the kids are at home with a babysitter.
Ministry should be fun, life-giving and inclusive for the whole family. And, if it isn't, I would take a step back and examine why. When Lance and I became parents, it was very important to us that we had the time, space and freedom to put our family first. That was a big part of the transition we made to move back home and raise our children with family around. I know we won't get everything right or make perfect decisions every time. But we trust that God will bless the efforts we have made to make the health and happiness of our family a priority. He gave us the most amazing gift when we had our first daughter. And, now with a second little girl on the way, we feel strongly that God is trusting us to raise them in a home full of love, peace and joy, so that they never feel like they come second to a job.
What's next? How can we be praying for you?
Well, I'm just a month away from my due date with our second baby. So, that's definitely what's next for us. We would so appreciate prayers for a healthy baby and smooth delivery. Thank you.
Paul Phillips is a Canadian journalist with over 10 years of experience writing and editing digital and print content. He specializes in health, fitness, nutrition, and travel. He loves music, movies, and, of course, living for Jesus.
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