More good things from her 2017 album
Hollyn’s 2017 album, One-Way Conversations, is full of wonderfully different Christian music. With her love of R&B and Hip-Hop music, and a strong faith, she creates very stylish and current music that could compete with anything on the radio.
Hollyn brings a certain amount of introspection to her craft. The fifth track of her new album, “In Awe,” is a praise song in which she wonders at the unconditional love of God. Her verse admits that she is wholly unworthy of God’s love, then the chorus marvels at God’s capacity for love.
I’m livin’ in awe
You don’t need me at all
But You couldn’t love me more
In an interview with Niagara Frontier Publications, she explained the meaning of her album title, One-Way Conversations:
These songs were just struggles in areas of my life, and even joyful times in my life that I’ve had over the past couple of years.
And so, taking those experiences, and kind of hearing them again, through song, is kind of like a one-way conversation with myself. I get to hear all of these experiences that I’ve walked through, and listen to those, and go back and be like, “Oh, yeah, I remember when that happened.”…
I just kind of feel like, sometimes too, am I talking to — who am I talking to? Am I talking to a wall, almost, or are my prayers just hitting the ceiling kind of thing? You know what I mean? I’m having a one-way conversation with myself.
And I feel like sometimes you struggle with getting the point across. In my single “Can’t Live Without,” there’s a line in there that says “One-way conversations got me worn down/pouring out my heart/wish you could speak a sound.” And that was me, just kind of talking to God, and being like, “You know, I just kind of feel, like, alone, in this sometimes.” I feel like everyone goes through that.
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