Debby Barnes: Turntable Hit - "You Are The Lord"

Wednesday 1st May 2002

DEBBY BARNES talk about a track featured on UCB Europe.

Debby Barnes
Debby Barnes

Back in the USA in 1998 I became a member of the Washington, DC, organisation SAW (Songwriters' Association of Washington) and I won fourth place in their 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (Gospel/Contemporary Christian Category) for the song "You Are The Lord". I had entered full of heart and hope but with some trepidation. I was a little ol' nobody and new to Virginia as well. I was caught by much surprise when I received the award by post (along with a seventh place award for another one of my songs, "Fall Down Go Boom!") Needless to say...I cried, gave thanks to God and tucked them away in a folder. Upon moving back to the UK I dragged the songs out and decided to find someone worthy of arranging them properly to lift them to a higher level (thank you Phil Goss!). After praying hard we wound up using both songs for my second album lay Hold'. "You Are The Lord" is special because it's wrapped around Isaiah 45:5. The funky groove Phil built on was appealing to me and I hoped would appeal to others. I can't tell you how flabbergasted I was when I heard it on UCB. When it climbed to #1 on their playlist and remained there for two weeks running I thought, "This is bizarre. It can't be." Without question, it was one of those sweet moments I will remember the rest of my life. Through tears, I'm still humbled, I'm still giving thanks and I'm still full of heart and hope. CR

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