This husband-and-wife duo Drakeford brings the best of England and America together through music. South Carolina native Drakeford Lanier, and England-born Lucy-Jayne Lanier met in Turkey while on missions. And, after exchanging vows in 2015, they moved back to the United States. Subsequently, the duo started making music together—full-time. In their words, their music is “folk/pop with some Americana thrown in occasionally.”
I connected with the pair to talk about their travels, as well as their newest album, Wayward & Home, Part 1. They also shared the story behind the song, “Old Friend” as well as what’s on the horizon for them, both musically and personally.
What have you learned about making music together as husband and wife?
It’s a beautiful thing to be able to make music together. Touring can be lonely, so having your life partner with you really helps. It obviously comes with its challenges, too. Any husband and wife that also work together can attest to that, but it’s more of a blessing than anything else. Writing together, creating in the studio, rehearsing, and performing live is such a joy when you get to do it with your best friend.
What themes are you exploring on your new seven-track album, Wayward Home, Part 1?
The new album is, quite simply, an honest window into our personal journeys over the last couple of years. The inspiration initially was to write a prodigal-son-type record where we talk about losing our way and finding it again. However, as we started to write for the project, a new perspective of the “wayward and home” story started to emerge.
It became less about “losing your way and finding it again” and more about trusting that when we feel lost, God isn’t any further away than when we feel “found.” It’s about finding peace in the strange place of unresolved.
“Old Friend” is one of my personal favorites and I’d love to hear the story behind that song.
I’m so glad you like it. It’s a special one for me, too. A lot of the songs I (Drake) write are drenched in metaphor, but this one is just a literal song that I wrote to Jesus. When I first became a believer, I felt so intimately close with Him.
Maybe the last few years have been a “season of silence” or maybe some hardening has gone on in my heart. Perhaps even, I’ve just gotten too busy and don’t spend enough time searching for his fingerprints in everything like I used to, but this song is a very honest letter basically saying, “Hey, I know you’re still who scripture says you are. I’ve undoubtedly seen that firsthand. I miss being close to you. My heart is still yours.”
You two have traveled the world with your music. Any favorite places that don’t include your home countries?
Oh, what a great question. We’ve had the privilege of traveling to so many incredibly beautiful countries so it’s hard to pick. But, I think we’d both have to say Turkey because we lived there for about three years and there really is no place like it. We love the culture, the people, and the language. It’s also where we started dating so it has a special place in our hearts and our relationship.
Live preference: You two and a guitar or a full band?
They’re two completely different feels. Normally, it’s just us and a guitar and we really love that intimate acoustic vibe, but the few times we’ve had a band with us was just so much fun and takes it to another level. We’d certainly love to have more full-band experiences.
Since releasing Wayward & Home, Part 1, we’ve started working on part 2 which we will hopefully release in early 2022. We’re really excited about that one; it has some very special songs to us on it. We’re also having our first baby in November so that’ll also keep us very busy.
How can we be praying for you?
We’d love prayers as we head back in the studio to finish Part 2 of the album, and for the little one arriving in a couple of months. Thank you.
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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