10 Questions with ... Plumb
May 4, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- 1997 Plumb
- 1999 candycoatedwaterdrops
- 2003 Beautiful Lumps of Coal
- 2006 Chaotic Resolve
- 2007 Blink
- 2013 Need You Now
- 2015 Exhale
1. Brief history / synopsis
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lived there til 8 then Moved to south of Atlanta til after high school and have lived in Nashville since then, now almost 20 years graduated high school by the skin of my teeth and never went to college. I've worked at a bungee tower, as a babysitter, a bank teller, a nanny, a gymnastics teacher, telephone operator, a back up singer, you name it.
2. What does a normal day at home look like for you?
Wake up, feed kiddos b'fast and pack lunches and take to montessori school, then catch up with phone calls to make or return, emails to send or respond to, social media to update and then there is one of the following almost daily: songwriting, band rehearsal, interviews or meetings (all related to music). Then I pick up kids from school and take to various activities depending on the day (gymnastics, triathlon team, music lessons etc) and then if all the stars align (kidding) I make supper or we eat out instead and then relax as a family and do any homework (rare that they have it besides reading), give baths and lay out clothes and brush teeth and say prayers and read a story and sing a song and then go snuggle on the couch with my hubby til I get too sleepy and go to bed. That's a pretty normal day if I'm home off the road.
3. What's the song that you just can't get out of your head right now?
By The Grace Of God by Katy Perry. My son loves it and is trying to learn how to play it. and I love it too. I relate to it from having a broken, now redeemed, marriage myself and I know that's what Katy wrote it about
4. How much do you travel, what are the challenges? How do you juggle life on the road with wanting to be home?
Mostly weekends. Challenging to keep the balance we believe is best for our home and create a normal that's healthy. I set boundaries that I am not gone for more than just a few days at a time. which involves saying no to some seemingly great opportunities sometimes but having that health at home is far more valuable to me because my family absolutely comes first over my job.
5. What Artist or Pastor has had the greatest impact on you?
My pastor, Pete Wilson of Crosspoint Church/Nashville has had a massive impact on me. And on us as a family. He was the pastor that my husband was taken to listen to the sunday after we separated. My husband connected with the way he taught and it transformed him and consequently our home. He teaches in a very unique way that connects with me and jeremy like no other pastor we've ever had. He's been our pastor for 3 years and influences our life, marriage, parenting, carerr, my songwriting. you name it. He's so raw and honest and clear and creative and hilarious in how he helps us to remember the truth he teaches. He's amazing. You can look him up and watch him online or get one of his several incredible books. they are all fantastic. I can't brag on him enough. I don't know if he'll every truly know how much he means to us.
6. What's the last book you read?
I reread Love Does by Bob Goff. It inspired me to not waste this life. Go and love. Go and serve. Go and do. Don't just think about it. Be the change you want to see. Don't get caught up in the mundane or the trivial. just go, do it. trust god with it. it was freeing. as the first time I didn't finish it and read bits and pieces here and there and this time dove right in. He's brilliant.
7. Funniest or most embarrassing moment on the road?
Jumped off drum riser, pants split wide open. wasn't wearing undergarments. Fell off stage at winterjam. That was fun. There are a million of these. I just simply live a life full of embarrassing moments. Its what I do.
8. Take us thru a couple songs on your latest project, EXHALE.
The story behind the title cut is that my pastor said recently while teaching that we do not exist for us. we exist to share the grace and love so freely given to us all. we breathe it in and it changes us. makes us new. then we share it. we breathe it out. we exhale. And that's what this album is. One huge exhale. I breathed in a life changing grace when god met me in my darkest place of broken after my husband left me and he changed me and gave me hope. Then, he redeemed a dead marriage in a way only he could. through a miracle. and we remarried. I am so thankful for that redemption. So thankful for that change. that grace. So I made a record that is one huge gigantic love letter to the one who carried me during all of that. Exhale represents the hope of the entire record...that we will all breathe it in and then go and share it. That is what we exist for.
Another song to mention is smoke. Its a highlight on the project. reiterating the crash and burn of my then life. where god turned the unbreathable smoke into oxygen and the worthless ash into beauty. Its probably my favorite song on the record. I cry almost every time I sing it.
9. What organization/service group are you affiliated with?
Food for the hungry. They move into communities barely surviving and don't leave til they are thriving. They don't just give food and water and clothing and the gospel. They create community and social capital so that they can do more than just hope in these impoverished communities. they can dream. Its incredible. I'm honored to be a part of them.
10. Person you'd most like to have a discussion with, living or dead..Deities are excused from this question
Mother theresa or audrey hepburn. Or both. Can I do both?
1. Favorite Bible Verse or life verse?
Isaiah 41:10 I have struggled with anxiety since I was 13 and this verse has always given me tremendous hope and strength.
2. How & When did you become a believer?
I grew up in a christian home, asked jesus into my heart at vbs when I was 8 but it wasn't until a few years ago when my marriage came crashing down and most of my life as I knoew it went up in flames and all the promises I grew up hearing were tested and proven true and my heart broke in a totally new and was made new and I feel like I know jesus in a completely fresh way and almost feel 'found' for the first real time.
3. What's the biggest "God moment" you've ever experienced?
My marriage crisis. He did a miracle there and redeemed what this world would have quickly tossed aside as dead. I wrote a book about it and this new record is a direct response to what he did there.