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I thought it would be fun to do a different type of interview/post here. So, I asked my assistant, Megan, who is a super fun person to interview me about the new CD, Roots for the Journey. She asked the questions, I answered them. Sit back, read along and enjoy:

1. How did you come up with the title Roots for the Journey

Oh my, it definitely was a process. Originally I was working on titles when I thought this would only be a lullaby CD and came up with some pretty fun ideas like “Hope from a Music Box”. But, then when I realized that adults were going to really enjoy this music I wanted the title to encompass that idea. At that point the artist who did the artwork, Elizabeth Foster, had already designed the cover painting with the birds playing instruments and the trees….So thinking of those images and ideas mixed with what the messages are in the songs I decided on “Roots” being God’s Word/the trees “For the Journey” being our lives at any stage and season/the birds and their ability to fly around wherever, all made sense. I think it sums up the hope that these songs offer us. I love this verse in Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (NIV) Yep, that pretty much sums it up!

2. Tell me about the process you went through for choosing the Scripture you based the songs off of on this album?

There were definitely scriptures that I immediately knew I wanted to write songs about. I went into this thinking if something happened to me tomorrow, what scriptures would I want to make sure my son, Sparrow would learn? So, I started with my ideas and then asked the question on facebook/twitter and looked at the scriptures that those friends would want to make sure their kids knew. Then it was just whittling down the list cause I could only put so many songs on this album!

3. What is your favorite song on the album and why?

Oh, narrowing it down to only one is so hard! Some of my favorites are “Safe”, “Creator”, “Hope”, and “Healer.” Although I think my favorite will continue to change just because the truth of these songs is the scriptures they are based on. Life is a journey with highs and lows and mountains and valleys. As I navigate my life and all the twists and turns it brings each one of these songs is relevant within those different experiences.  I will say there have already been many days that I needed to bring some peace to my crazy life. I’ve turned on this record and I find that peace, often mixed with a few tears as I am reminded how much God loves and cares for me. He created all of us and He loves all of us. He wants to be in our lives caring for every detail of every season. These songs remind me of what an incredible God I serve and that I don’t have to do it alone because He cares for me. “I Don’t Want To Go” has always been a special song in my life. I wrote it in a very hard season and how God used the song through Avalon exceeded my expectations. It’s a wonderful example of God’s grace and provision. Thirteen years later from when I wrote the song God is still using the song to speak into my life. For that I am so grateful.

4. What other artists did you collaborate with on Roots for the Journey? 

Vocally, Sam formerly of Mike’s Chair sang on “Trust”. I worked with some incredible musician’s on this project. Actually these guys have worked with me on the other albums I’ve recorded over the past few years too. Stephen Leiweke produced. He’s worked with some of the greatest female Christian songwriters ever including: Cindy Morgan, Margaret Becker, Sara Groves and Kari Jobe. Stephen played guitar on my very first record and we’ve worked together a lot over the past sixteen years. He’s like family now. Ken Lewis played drums and he works with everyone from The Civil Wars to Steven Curtis Chapman. Matt Stanfield played piano on most of the record. He’s so great and has worked with Plumb and Norah Jones. Matt Slocum of Sixpence None the Richer added some cello too. I’m a huge Sixpence fan so that’s awesome.

5. What is your prayer for families and churches in listening to your new album? 

That a life live based on God’s Word is the best way. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life. The only way we can have life is through Jesus. I hope that people will experience God’s peace that passes all understanding. That they will be reminded they are not alone, that God cares for them and has a purpose and a plan for their life. When you choose God’s way it’s always perfect. It’s not always in our time with our conditions but if we learn to trust we will experience God’s best for us. He protects us and watches out for us. I’m so glad I don’t always experience life the way I thought it should go cause that would just end destructively. God’s way is a firm foundation, a rock, that we can build our lives upon.

I definitely know that adults will love the low key worship experience that this music is. It truly is a record that anyone can listen to. Because it’s filled with God’s promises and ultimately HIs word there’s a lot of peace and grace that you feel when you listen to these songs. I hope there’s many people that don’t have kids or maybe their kids are grown that will take a listen to this music. Yes, it’s different from the music I’ve been making the past seven years or so. Different is good. I hope those that are new to what I do or maybe have me pigeonholed in their mind about what I do will give this music a listen. I know it will soothe their soul.

Because so much of my time is spent doing family concerts and making music for minivans and children’s ministries I wanted to make sure that I could tie these songs in to that audience. That is why I had a bunch of ministry friends contributed to make the “Roots for the Journey” app. It is filled with a family devotion, conversation, prayers and activity based on each song/scripture on the album. It’s a way parents can teach their kids these scriptures and truths and help instill Biblical roots in their kids for the journey of life. I think this app will be a great way to help parents connect and train their kids to have a love for God’s Word!

About Megan Smidt:

Megan is Personal Assistant to Yancy and also a Certified Christian Life Coach specializing in Relationship Coaching and more specifically, Blended Family Relationships. She and her husband Craig have been married 8 years.  She is the adoptive full-time mother to Craig’s 5 children from a previous marriage, all ranging in age from 21 years old to 15.  Megan is very active in her church and in ministering to women. She leads a family small group in her home every week along with her husband and she works with teenagers at church on Thursday nights.  Megan loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. She enjoys reading, music, movies, photography, paper crafting, sewing and roller skating.  She is silly, fun, and loves making new friends!

Tune in again for when Yancy interviews Megan! It will be fun. If you haven’t gotten Roots for the Journey yet you can download it on iTunes or order a CD with free shipping using code: yancylovesme

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The day before Yancy released her new modern worship album, “Roots for the Journey” (Elevate Entertainment / Syntax Distribution), on May 21st, a massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma heartland, wrecking havoc and leaving large amounts of devastation behind. As a former Tulsa-resident, Yancy knew that she needed to help.

“I really feel the songs on ‘Roots for the Journey’ are special,” says Yancy. “When I heard the news of the tornado’s destruction and lives lost I immediately knew the song ‘Safe’ could offer some comfort not only to the victims but to the rest of us shaken by watching the news unfold.”

Yancy will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of “Safe” at iTunes to Nashville-based non-profit organization Conduit Mission – a relief organization that is already on the ground providing assistance to the victims and their families.

“My husband was born and raised in Oklahoma and I lived there for a long time myself,” says Yancy. “It’s a precious home to many and this money can help rebuild homes and replace some of the items that will return a sense of normalcy for these families. Together we can make a difference.”

A music video for “Safe” was released on May 20th, the same day that the tornado hit, and can be viewed now at NewReleaseTuesday.com.

Produced by Stephen Leiweke (Sara Groves, Jars of Clay), “Roots for the Journey” features an all-star list of players including Leiweke on guitar, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Bart Millard) on bass, Matt Stanfield (Kutless, Norah Jones) on keys, drummer Ken Lewis (The Civil Wars, Amy Grant) and cello contributions from Sixpence None the Richer’s Matt Slocum.

I have two exciting promotions happening this week over at NewReleaseTuesday.com and you are the lucky winner!

#1 Download my new song, “Safe” for FREE this week from ! | http://nrt.cc/FreeMusic0521 This song is extra special in light of the tragedies in Moore, OK this week.

#2 You’ve probably heard me talking about “Roots for the Journey” this week. This is truly the most special record I’ve ever made. It’s lyrics are centered and focused on the Bible. This week you can preview my new album, “Roots for the Journey” for FREE from NewReleaseTuesday.com at http://nrt.cc/YancyPreview | Album available now!

Don’t wait, these options will only be available this week! Go download and preview away. I think you will love it!


Roots for the Journey

May 21st, 2013

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I’m writing you today on one hand filled with much excitement. Over a year ago I started a project. The idea was to write songs based on scriptures that I wanted to make sure my son would know. If something happened to me what are the scriptures that I’d want him to learn and be aware of? So, I made a list and I started writing songs about those scriptures and Biblical truths. God’s Word is nothing new. It’s been around for thousands of years. God’s Word is not by accident, each word was crafted and inspired with every detail thought through. For a Christian the Bible is a must. It is where we learn how to live. It’s where we get instruction for what to do. The Bible is eternal and it was written for all of us. Young and old, Mature and Baby Christians, even those who haven’t called on the name of the Lord to be saved can learn how to be saved with the truth of God’s Word.

I’m excited because “Roots for the Journey” is finally a reality. Today is release day. Woo hoo….party….jump up and down! Finally :-) I’m happy that all of you can finally hear this music. This record I believe has a greater story then what is just captured within the minutes of each song. The album is filled with God’s Word. That is what it’s all about. The music is way different from anything you’ve heard from me in a long time. Acoustics: unplugged, organic, and simple. This record is filled with hope and trust. Already in my life I’ve been able to share these songs with someone who needed a specific scripture to stand on as they face the mountains in their life. I believe this is only the beginning. Even as I write this morning saddened because of the realization of all the devastation and lives lost that happened in Oklahoma yesterday, I realize that God’s timing is perfect. Several of these songs fit that situation. Of of them is the song “Safe”. Yesterday the video premiered on http://www.newreleasetuesday.com and today that same site starts a FREE DOWNLOAD of the song http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/freemusic.php Go get it, spread the word to anyone you know who can benefit. Those “plans” were made before anything happened yesterday. We make our plans in life but it is God who directs us. I believe it’s by no accident that today as so many people wake up shaken from the events “Safe” is a song that can speak to their nerves and remind them they are in God’s hands. This is only the beginning. “Roots for the Journey” is all about speaking God’s Word over your life. Reminding yourself of what the Bible says about you and your life, not just what your reality is. As you sing along in faith I know the mountains of your life can move and fall into the sea. Please, please, please take a moment to consider this music for you, your family and your friends. I can’t wait to see how these songs continue to fit hand in hand with life. God is so cool. His promises are for us today just as much as the day they were written in the Bible. God’s Word is the roots for the journey that we need.

“Roots for the Journey” CD -Get free shipping with code: Yancylovesme

“Roots for the Journey” on iTunes

Watch and hear me share about the song “Safe”

Watch and hear me talk about why I made the album.

Much love,


Today, Monday, May 20th our friends over at http://www.NewReleaseTuesday.com are premiering Yancy’s new video “Safe” from “Roots for the Journey”. The album releases tomorrow but you can head on over to the premier of the video right now http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/videodetail.php?video_id=5417

Check it out and spread the word to your friends too.

Don’t forget to listen to “Roots for the Journey” available on ITunes and http://www.YancynotNancy.com

Sit down and listen as Yancy shares how “Roots for the Journey” came to be. Hear why she made this record and already how the songs have been a source of strength for those in her life.

“Roots for the Journey” Releases May 21st. Pre-order it now on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/roots-for-the-journey/id643556110

There is an App to go with the record too. More details will be announced soon.

Last weekend I got to experience one of the world’s greatest treasures for the Christian faith. Angus Buchan is his name. He is from South Africa. You may have heard his story before through the film “Faith Like Potatoes”. He does huge rallies all over the world and He had his first USA men’s event last weekend sponsored by my church here in Murfreesboro, TN. I encourage you to check him out. I think your faith will definitely be challenged as mine has been. I wanted to share with you some of the notes I took last week during the three services I attended where he spoke.

Learn more about Angus here http://www.shalomtrust.co.za

My notes:

“Our reach must exceed our grasp.” -Oswald Chambers

Some people are getting so clever that people can’t understand you.

The rest of the world is coming to sow back what the USA sowed into them. (Jesus)

The past is prologue (the future)

A need does not justify a call.

Only do what God tells you to do!

The bible is the absolute directive

Revelations 2:2-

Nevertheless I have this against you…you’ve left your first love.

The work you’re doing has separated me from you.

You don’t want your lampstand removed!

A good idea is not always a God idea.

Sometimes you’re in the wrong field.

Sometimes the farmer cuts the crop too early.

Be obedient.

Fall in love with the man from Galilee.

Commitment to the call.

Don’t forget your prologue.


John 20:30-31 the Bible is for:

Believe in Jesus Christ

Increase your faith

1 John 5:7 the word! Don’t tamper it

Acts 2:1-4

Mandate: official instruction from God

John 16:50 go into all the world

Shepherds don’t give birth to sheep

Sheep give birth to lambs.

Shepherd look after them!

It’s our job to preach the gospel, not our pastor’s.

Don’t put God in a box. Don’t pull Him out just when you need Him.

The Holy Spirit is alive, He is moving!

The eyes of The Lord run to and fro throughout the earth.

He is a jealous God. It’s all or nothing! You can’t serve two masters!

He used to spend his time writing sermons

Now he spends his time praying……then it comes out!

We need the power of the Holy Spirit with us!

Change begins at home. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God!

Pray God will give you a hunger for His word!

Don’t turn the tv on until you’ve spent time with God!


Every believer has a testimony….needs to tell their story

Your testimony should be 95%about what’s happened since you’ve gotten saved. Otherwise if you only talk about BC you’re glorifying the devil’s power that was over your life!

Acts 6:

Don’t underestimate your story.

The more you share the stronger you get.

The less you share the weaker you get.

Keep telling them what Jesus means to you!

Preachers: Have bread that’s fresh! Not just bread from long ago!

Your testimony has got to be REAL.

Sometimes people don’t need a scripture, they need a hug, they need you to cry with them!

They want to see fire in your eyes and joy in your face!

Don’t be a mopey Christian. You’re insulting Christ when you go around complaining!

Your testimony is lifestyle.

That’s what Paul did.

1 Peter 5:7

You need to get going telling your story…it’s the one on ones (not the big rallies)

Revival is perpetuated by you.

If it’s not happening inside of you-you can’t fake it!

RootsForTheJourney-COVER_zps7663d7ec(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Yancy, Christian music’s reigning Queen of Diversity, takes a bit of a departure with her upcoming album, “Roots for the Journey,” which is due May 21st from Elevate Entertainment. Unlike the pre-teen targeted CD/DVD release “Jesus Music Box” which released last month, “Roots for the Journey” is focused squarely on the adults.

Inspired to extend her musical influence to the parents and church leaders her children focused-music has equipped over the years, Yancy’s new adult-focused modern worship album started as a scripture-based lullaby project for her son. But as she worked in the studio, she realized that the music was shaping up to be something much more that what she first intended.

“’Roots for the Journey’ is incredibly different musically from what I’ve done these past few years,” says Yancy. “I’m so excited about this music that is unplugged, organic and simple. The songs are all based on scripture and the outcome is a really nice, chilled-out worship experience.”

Produced by Stephen Leiweke (Sara Groves, Jars of Clay), “Roots for the Journey” features an all-star list of players including Leiweke on guitar, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Bart Millard) on bass, Matt Stanfield (Kutless, Norah Jones) on keys, drummer Ken Lewis (The Civil Wars, Amy Grant) and cello contributions from Sixpence None the Richer’s Matt Slocum.

To help bridge this adult-oriented project with her younger fans, Yancy has created a free companion app that will help parents teach each song’s scriptures and Biblical truths to their children through devotions, conversations, prayers and activities.

For more than a decade, Yancy has released radio friendly pop/rock albums and multiple projects for kids and young adults, all while sharing the stage with such artists as Mute Math, Newsboys and Nichole Nordeman. As a writer, Yancy has teamed up with Third Day’s Mac Powell, wrote Avalon’s #1 hit “I Don’t Want To Go” (which Yancy covers on “Roots for the Journey”) and Jaci Velasquez’s “Something Beautiful,” and still found the time to compose two devotional books for worship leaders and musicians and a devotional book for pre-teens. For more information, visit www.yancynotnancy.com.