Alisha Eich, a Canadian worship leader and songwriter, has always loved music. She grew up as a pastor's kid in a very musical family. Her mom, Wanda Mann, is a worship leader and songwriter, and all of her siblings are involved in music in their own way. Alisha works with her brother, Timothy Mann, who records and produces all of her music.
Alisha's parents have always encouraged her to use what's in her hands for God. And, music was a natural fit for her. She has a heart for the kingdom of God. She wants to use her songs to see people challenged, stirred, set free from bondage, and to experience the healing presence of God.
How has being a worship leader in your local congregation influenced your ongoing music ministry?
Being a worship leader for about 15 years now has been the most influential part of my music ministry. I had the opportunity to start leading worship as a teenager. And, it gave me so much purpose and clarity of direction at a young age.
Understanding that music is not just about my personal expression to God, but also a way that He can speak and direct a room of people to what He wants to do and say in a moment is so powerful. Music is so much bigger than ourselves and I love that. There's something about music that moves people's hearts closer to God.
Performing has never been a comfortable thing for me. But, partnering with God in a corporate setting and leaning into what He wants to do and say is so life-giving for me. Writing music for the local church to sing is a big passion for me. So, partnering with my local church in that way has been so wonderful. I believe there's power when we lift up our own song to God. I want to be a part of the sound lifted up from Canada.
Tell us about your latest single, “Hidden Places.”
"Hidden Places" is a reminder of God's unending presence in our lives. It's a song that I wrote in a moment when I needed to hear God speaking hope and assurance over me and my family—even in a messy situation. I felt God saying to me that He doesn't desire perfection from us for Him to meet me, just a heart that humbly comes to Him. God is with us in the quiet, in the thunder, in the mess, and in the good times. He holds us and sustains us in every circumstance. He is always speaking if we lean in to hear him.
What are some other themes that you’re exploring on your upcoming album?
My album is called I'm Listening. The theme goes hand-in-hand with the title, as most of the songs take the attitude of laying down our agendas, our perceptions of who God is, and asking Him to show us more of who He is and who we are. Worship is not just about singing out praise to God, it's also about posturing our hearts to receive conviction and healing from our Father. To declare what's true, not what we want to be true.
My songs are about declaring who God is in our circumstances instead of the other way around. I've learned to love the conviction of God in my life and know that out of that comes beautiful freedom and healing.
What has God been teaching you this past year?
This past year, God has been showing me that His voice is the only one I need to listen to. COVID-19 has been a challenging season for all of us—particularly for my family. My husband is a tattoo artist who owns his own shop. I'm a self-employed musician. So, for three months, we had no work. We're so grateful to be able to work now. We've never had to trust God more for the practical things in our life as we did during that time.
Throughout that season, we saw God provide for us in ways we can't explain. We also felt peace in the storm that I cannot deny was the presence of God in our home. It brought us to a very real point of choosing to trust or not trusting in the God we've said for years is our provider and peace. This year has given us the opportunity to practice faith.
He has—and is—teaching me to fully trust Him for my daily bread: to take life one day at a time, and follow His lead for me and my family's life. It was during this season that I felt like God said, 'Now is the time to start recording and working towards this album.' He told me now's the time to share what He's been showing me with others, as there's power in our testimony and declarations. He has a song for his people and I want to be a part of that in this season of uncertainty.
How can we be praying for you?
Please pray that the songs I'm currently recording for my album come out the way God wants them to. And, that His presence would rest on them. Please pray that God's peace would be so tangible to me and my family, as we step into this season. Please pray for provision, as well for the album, as this is a huge step of faith for us. Also, pray that God would give us a provision in finances and opportunities to share our music more.
Kevin McNeese started NRT in 2002 and has worked in the industry since 1999 in one form or another. He has been a fan of Christian music since 1991.
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