Bethel Music’s Amanda Lindsey Cook dinner, 34, retreated to a literal home on a hill for 2 months in preparation for her new album bearing the identical identify. She disconnected from social media and reconnected with herself and shut pals.
The singer-songwriter, who has been with Bethel for eight years, sat down with Fox Information forward of her New York Metropolis present on the Gramercy Theatre, the primary of a four-city tour, to speak about her new album “Home on a Hill,” opening up about her lifelong battle with anxiousness, melancholy, and self-confidence.
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“What’s distinctive about this album is that I had time to let it change me,” she mentioned. “We wrote it, we recorded it, then we put it in a vault, and I retreated into a number of areas.”
Cook dinner took a six-month break from social media. In the home on a hill in Nashville, Tenn., she ordered a mattress on Amazon and picked up a lamp – and that was it. She awoke with the solar and listened to the birds sing.
“It was empty nevertheless it didn’t really feel lonely. It felt pleasant, and once you get quiet issues naturally rise to the floor,” Cook dinner mentioned. “For me, the invitation to the home on a hill was a reintroduction to what the gospel is, what excellent news looks like, appears like, what it prices, and what it requires, and I feel for me it bought actually easy, it retains getting more and more easy. Not simple, however easy.”
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Cook dinner and her buddy, Steffany Gretzinger, additionally of Bethel Music and a co-writer for one of many songs, talked about canonizing their season of life within the album.
Gretzinger helped Cook dinner with the therapeutic she desperately wanted.
“I hated feeling like, ugh, I can barely get off the bed this morning…as a result of I simply convey the vitality down and I wish to convey it up…and my buddy Stef mentioned, ‘Are you able to promise…that you’d convey your unhappiness with you and let your self be liked precisely as you might be proper now?’”
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Cook dinner has handled anxiousness and melancholy for the final 30-some years. However she mentioned she hasn’t been vocal about it.
“I didn’t have the language or the instruments for my very own expertise and I feel that lent itself to huge anxiousness as a result of I didn’t know – I didn’t know – I didn’t know what was occurring,” Cook dinner mentioned.
Remedy has helped her quite a bit however she admits, at occasions, phrases aren’t sufficient.
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“Generally I can’t suppose my method by means of this. I’ve to bounce my method by means of this, I’ve to really feel my method by means of it, and all of it really works collectively for my good,” she mentioned.
“Music has simply all the time been actually therapeutic for me,” Cook dinner added. “I wanted simply music.”
She made 10 “very intentional” tracks for her new album, and earlier than she launched it to the general public, Cook dinner retreated and let the music heal her.
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For her, the songs are very private ideas and prayers from a season with each darkish and vivid spots, serving as parables that she hopes remind individuals of issues they’ve forgotten.
Whereas Cook dinner retreated to a literal home on a hill, she says the monitor bearing the identical title talks about every one in every of us being that home with area to develop and uncover that it’s friendlier, kinder, and extra gracious than we might’ve imagined.
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One of many first songs Cook dinner wrote was “The New Nation,” which she thought can be the primary tune on her album. However the first tune and music video ended up being “Awakening.”
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For followers, Cook dinner hopes the tune serves as a regeneration and reinvention of kinds, identical to it did for her.
“I hope it serves as a soundtrack for individuals by means of their trauma and triumph,” Cook dinner mentioned, “that it offers a panorama and a touchdown for hearts to have the ability to breathe.”