What was life like for you in Manila, Philippines?
Life was…a roller coaster. I spent most of my teen years and early 20s in this scary but thrilling city where a lot of opportunity, not necessarily always good opportunity, came around. I studied writing at university, started working when I was 18 and just hustled my way through.
The kind of lifestyle though that came with my jobs from doing back-end production to eventually getting to do music as a career was turbulent. It really led me down a pretty dark path, but Manila was also the place where God led me to amazing people who later on became instrumental in surrendering my life to Him after having really fallen into depression and anxiety.
Esther Lo: Life is pretty simple. I go to school, work on school assignments, work part-time, meet people, go to church, lead cell group and lead worship - living the dream!
How did you feel when you found out you had won the best new worship song throughout all of Asia?
I couldn’t believe it. There are so many talented songwriters in Singapore and I honestly didn’t think my song would stand a chance so I didn’t have any expectations. Although I don’t actually think it’s the best worship song in Asia, now that I’ve won I’m just so blown away, so grateful for and so encouraged by this opportunity. This is crazy!
"I'm so excited to finally release this song! The chorus of this came straight out of my heart one day as I was pretty upset and emotional about a situation that I was in. My prayer was God, I don’t want it if You’re not in it. It doesn’t matter if it looks “good” on the outside. It doesn’t matter if it means “wait”. Ultimately, God holds the very best for us and His ways are so much better than our own. It may not always make sense in the moment, but as long as you are walking in the footsteps of Jesus, you are walking into destiny. I hope you let these lyrics and melodies sink into your soul. Let it take you into a deeper trust and relationship with God. I hope you enjoy this song, Just Want You" - Sarah Reeves
The Worship Project at it’s physical form is an art project. I design / hand letter phrases and worship songs to be a blessing and encouragement to the body of Christ worldwide.
In it’s ministry form, it’s a movement that I’ve created to bring awareness of worship and what that actually means, to the global church. As a visual worship leader, I’m seeking to challenge what the church has long believed; that a worship leader has to be musical. I’m an artist and through this project I’m leading the world in worship.
Luke Munns: I've worked at The Grove Studios on many other artists' music for the last 10 years as a producer and it's always been a dream to record our own music there. What started as an idea and then a conversation grew in to a team of over 50 creatives from over 12 churches, gathering together for a night of creative expression and worship to God. It definitely exceeded my expectations, and the response from people has been very humbling.
Elevation Worship is the worship team of Elevation Church, based out of Charlotte, NC. Led by Pastor Steven Furtick, the church was formed in 2006 with a vision to see people far from God raised to life in Christ. Over the past ten years, Elevation has launched multiple locations in North Carolina and beyond.