The singer/songwriter is the daughter of Delirious? frontman, Martin Smith, and a worship leader and youth pastor based in Brighton, UK
Music has always been such a huge part of my life. As a little girl, I remember watching my dad lead thousands of people in worship all over the world. His music inspired me in so many ways and sparked my own love for making music. These songs have all been firm favourites over the past couple of years. I hope they inspire you to dance in your kitchen and lift your eyes to your Maker.
‘Made for Jesus’ by John Mark Pantana
This is a song that I’ve literally had on repeat. To be honest, it’s been really hard to choose one song from this album because the whole thing was played constantly in our little flat during lockdown. There is such a peace and tenderness throughout that reminds me of the intimacy of knowing and loving Jesus. The bridge hits the nail on the head for me. Our whole life’s purpose is to know and love Jesus. This song is a little tap on the shoulder, a reminder to chill out, take a breath, remember who’s holding you and why you’re here.
‘Catch me’ by Elyssa Smith
I remember hearing this song for the first time and being so challenged. This line always gets me: ‘Mary’s shouting waste it all, he’s worth it!’ Now isn’t that a wallop of a reminder to waste it all on him, just like Mary with her perfume? He’s worth every drop. Not only are the message and lyrics so powerful but I love the production. It’s so fresh; the instrumentation carries the song perfectly.
‘Lightning’ by Pat Barrett ft Harolddd
‘Lightning’ is a song of lament written in response to the current realities of racism and injustice in the world. Pat says that this song was “written in pain but laden with hope”. For me, it has put melodies and lyrics to my own thoughts and has been such a gift to help me process and lament.
Elle Limebear’s debut album Lost In Wonder (Reunion) is available now