Beckah Shae has racked up top 10 Billboard Christian CHR radio singles like “Here In This Moment” and “LIFE,” scored a Dove nomination for the latter gem, served as a featured guest on tobyMac’s Billboard blockbuster Tonight album, and collaborated with fellow multi-million album seller Montell Jordan on his Victory World Music project Shake Heaven.
As extraordinary as her ascent’s been thus far, Shae’s eighth album unequivocally signals the California born/Nashville bred artist’s arrival as a national force that doesn’t just overflow with her own creative excellence, but also boasts a massive list of all-star guests including Israel Houghton, Crystal Lewis, T-Bone, Eric Dawkins and Canon, sure to solidify her burgeoning platform as a positive hitmaker all the world over. But there’s much more to Champion than merely one of the hottest pop, electronic, R&B and hip-hop soundtracks. In fact, a further foray into an astonishing testimony paints Shae as not only the ultimate survivor, but also someone who continues to thrive thanks to faith at the center of her foundation.
“My parents divorced when I was very young, so I come from a broken home,” shares Shae of a complex back story to becoming a Champion. “I walked through many challenging times with my mom, including abusive remarriages, being very poor and spending a lot of time in other people’s homes including battered women’s shelters. Alongside all of that, I suffered a lot of insecurities and went through a season of eating disorders, but even amidst it all, I always knew God was with me and for me.”
It’s a faith and heritage the singer/songwriter always clung to even during her tumultuous teens, but it wasn’t until she found herself at her lowest, darkest place in humility and brokenness before the Lord in her early 20s that she surrendered her life completely and was delivered entirely from her personal demons and toxic environments.
"Those years allowed me to see Jesus as my savior, protector, provider, my peace, my joy, my best friend, my strength, my comforter and counselor, my hope, my husband, my home, my everything, which really established who I am today,” she says.
"I've always felt, like a David of sorts, the little guy, the weak one, the under qualified, unlikely, ill-equipped, with little resources, and support... But Yet I've also felt loved, known by God and strong in Him. I know I've been misjudged, misunderstood, and doubted & even shunned by many, yet God has always given me a supernatural courage to move forward in my call despite the opposition and resistance. I want the world to know that with God -- you Win. You need to get His Vision to see what HIS Success and Victory for your life looks like. Run the race He's prepared just for You. Some won't understand, agree or see... but that's just it! He will. Fix your eyes on the author and finisher, the Pioneer & the Champion of your faith, and WIN!"
As Shae transferred all of those emotions into Champion, she’s happy to report that besides being happily married to the immensely ingenious “Shoc,” they also have two beautiful children (Joy and Grace) and she’s now walking in complete freedom from the anxiety and bulimia that plagued her younger years. Even a single spin of the album indicates just how vulnerable but concurrently hopeful she’s willing to dig into her songwriting, always striving to channel those previous challenges into a means of present day healing for strugglers of any stripe.
“I’ve walked through a season of defeat, but now I’m walking in victory,” Shae proudly proclaims. “Seeing yourself the way God sees you is the beginning of that freedom and that idea comes through in the theme of Champion. I’m super passionate about helping others see themselves the way God sees them, no matter what season of difficulty they’re going through. I want them to listen to this and not just see from my life’s example of God’s healing capabilities, but for them to be inspired, encouraged and come to know God intimately, choose the incorruptible, be invincible, see the invisible, and do the impossible.”
#putyourloveglasseson!| Posted August 15, 2011
What can you say, she basically builds a lot on Lorie's sound. A lot of copycats! Needs work, but with her love of hashtags, Beckah's a Twitter sensation! :D
Thank You| Posted August 15, 2011
Thank you for your music and ministry. Our whole family has enjoyed listening to your music, but you have played an even greater role in the lives of our teenage daughters who listen to your music almost daily. You are providing positive Christ centered music for them in a style of music that is so often filled with nothing positive or praise worthy.