10 Questions with ... Brittany Hargest
January 9, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- SoulStride Records
- Love All the Way
1) Catch us up on life post Jump5. You've moved into a solo career. Was it a big adjustment to being the only one on stage? Or did the transition feel easy?
It was definitely an adjustment for me to move into a solo career after having been in a group for 10 years. The first time I was on stage by myself, I turned around thinking there would be other people on stage with me, and I was all alone! But as much as an adjustment as it has been, I've loved every second of it! I've loved getting to be back on stage and back to singing and meeting so many amazing people around the country.
2) What's the story behind the new single "Miracle"?
"Miracle" was one of the songs on this record that I loved from the very first note. It's a song that I feel so many people can relate to. It's about that feeling when you look into the mirror sometimes and just feel useless, or not good enough for anything. When you look at yourself and just don't feel worthy of being loved. But the thing we tend to forget most of the time is that we are loved despite how we see ourselves. It doesn't matter what we see in the mirror, because when God looks at us, he sees a miracle and he loves us without question.
3) What's the theme behind your debut album?
When we were writing this album and trying to figure out what we wanted all of these songs to revolve around, we started to think about all of the amazing ways that God loves us and we just became so fascinated with him and his mercies. The first single was called "Love All the Way," and it was just simply about how there really is no beginning or end to his love. He just loves us full force, all the time, all the way, and we thought that would be such a great title for the rest of the album since almost all of the songs are about that.
4) You had the opportunity to be more hands-on with this album. Can you tell us a little about the experience of recording this album? Was it what you expected?
It was so much more rewarding than I expected! Don't get me wrong. I loved every bit of being with Jump5, but we we're always just handed material to sing and rarely got the chance to have input into the record-making process. So when I was offered this solo record deal, I was so excited because I knew I would get to have a really big part in the making of the record. I co-wrote most of the songs on the album and had such an amazing time working with the producers on finding the right sound and feel for each of the songs. I couldn't be more proud of how it came out!
5) What is your favorite song on the album?
That's actually a really hard question to answer since I feel like all of the songs are my babies, but I do think "SlowMotion" and "Put It All Together" are my favorites, or at least the ones I'm most proud of.
6) Who inspires you personally and spiritually?
Definitely my parents. They inspire me every day, and I look up to them more than any other person in the world. They are the most loving, supporting and encouraging parents ever, and they definitely know how to put me in my place. I couldn't have had a better childhood, and I thank God every day for having them as my parents.
7) Is there one song that you wish you had written?
There are about a million songs that I wish I had written! But if I had to choose, I think it would be "If You Want Me To" by Ginny Owens. That is one of the most beautiful and powerful songs that I've heard in the past decade. I'm also a huge fan of Dara Maclean's "Suitcases." Everytime it comes on the radio, it puts the biggest smile on my face and sticks in my head for the next few days afterwards.
8) Fill in the blank: I can't start the day without _____.
I can't start the day without A) checking my phone for emails and Twitter and reading my bible app, and B) brushing my teeth!
9) Do you have much time to check out other artists' music? What are you listening to right now?
Music is a huge part of my life, and listening to other artists' music is one of my favorite things to do. It's hard for me to say what my favorite kind of music is; I'm really just a fan of music in general and what it does for people. I do however have a few favorite artists that I can never tire of. Lately, I've been listeneing to Bon Iver, Leeland, The Head and The Heart, Jamie Grace and Lecrae, but I was raised on the music of my father's generation, so I love everything from Elton John to Earth, Wind & Fire. I'll listen to anything, especialy if it can make me dance!
10) Do you make New Year's resolutions? Did you make any this year?
I rarely make New Year's resolutions, but this year I'm hoping to travel a lot more and maybe go on a tour or two. [smile]