A very talented friend of mine, Katie Overbeek, has recently released an album on iTunes and I have asked her to share a little about the new album for the blog. I have heard Katie sing and play the piano, so I can honestly say that she has the voice of an angel and an unmatched level of determination to make her dreams become a reality. Through years of loyal service as a worship leader, crowd funding and balancing life with young children, Katie has been able to take her passion and produce a beautiful album that reflects her love and faith.
Here’s a little snippet of her journey and a link to the album:
“Two years ago this coming May I had the opportunity to go on a retreat in North Carolina. Coming back from that retreat, I had one of those kind of extraordinary moments of clarity that come from time to time in life and I had a strong feeling or intuition, I guess you could say, about writing a fresh set of songs and taking them to the recording studio.
It didn’t make any sense. We had no money – and I had no songs! It had been almost a decade since my first recording project and I hadn’t exactly made a career out of it. My twenties were predominantly spent running a business (music teaching) and parenting. Lots of kids. Kids everywhere. All the time.
I am a worship leader in my local church, and have written a number of songs that we have sung together as a congregation but the songs that I began to write from that point were a mix of congregational songs and more stripped down, acoustic and raw expression of my personal faith.
As with anything that’s really worth doing, the process was long and painful and full of unexpected twists and turns. We stepped into it not having a penny to put towards it. And things definitely did NOT fall together right away. In fact, in the year following the initial crowd-funding campaign, we experienced more pressure on our finances and more anxiety and difficulty than we ever have. For a while we weren’t sure if we’d be able to pay our own bills, let alone complete this project.
A little over 18 months from the time it was just a dream in my head, I now hold the album in my hands and I can’t help but feel an immense sense of gratitude for every single person who helped make it happen, whether financially or creatively. This album isn’t about making money. It’s not about getting attention. It’s simply what I did when I felt God speak to me.
Something I’ve learned from this process is that the best dreams require a community of people walking with you. We aren’t meant to figure this all out alone! “
The album is now available on iTunes via the link below:
If you would like to know more about Katie’s story you can catch up with her at: http://katieoverbeek.com/