Gospel singer Koryn Hawthorne released her sophomore album, I Am, on Friday and the RCA Inspiration singer offered advice for singles, especially during a season of lockdowns and quarantining.
I Am comes on the heels of her debut studio album, Unstoppable, which earned the singer a Billboard Music Award, Dove Award, Stellar Award, NAACP Image Award and two Grammy nominations. For her new release, Hawthorne, a finalist in season 8 of “The Voice,” brings her blend of gospel, pop, hip-hop and R&B music to life once again with her powerful voice and faith-filled lyrics.
The Christian Post interviewed the 22-year-old Louisiana native, who discussed maturing into her God-given identity, singlehood, and the importance of prayer.
Christian Post: What made you choose the title I Am for your sophomore album?
Hawthorne: Just kind of seeing my personal progression through life, my growth, from the first album to now, from when I was on “The Voice” until now, from when I was a little girl until now, I think that it just was a testament of me being confident in my identity because God called me before I was born. But I think a lot of times when we go through life, we doubt the things that God speaks, we doubt the things that He said. If we get to doubt it, then the devil can delete that processing in that timing. So I’m grateful to God that He has orchestrated every step of my life. I think that this was just a moment where I’m like, “You know what, I got this and I’m ready for this and I am supposed to be here!”
I think this is just a moment for me to encourage other people, that you are exactly who God says you are, be confident and be bold into the things that He is calling for you in this season because for such a time as this were you created. I just hope that spiritually and prophetically, this is just something that we’re speaking over people’s lives through with this music that identity is important and knowing who you are is important. Knowing who you are, God is important. The only way that you can know Him or know yourself is by knowing Him. He is the great I Am and you are who He says you are.
CP: Your new song “Pray” is climbing the gospel charts. We are in a generation and season where people say, “save your thoughts and prayers.” But that is where you say you turn in life’s most difficult circumstances. Can you speak to the impact prayer has had on you and why you believe it’s essential?
Hawthorne: How well does communication affect any relationship? I think that’s been my whole mindset. In my learning experience is that communication is key to any relationship and it’s the same with God. I think what’s important is that I realized that He cares about every area of my life, not just “oh, forgive me for this; help me to be better at this; give me this, give me that.” No! “God, help me to be consistent in the gym, help me to have a better diet. Father, help me to be a light, even when I go in the grocery store, I need You to help me to communicate better with others.” He cares about every area of your life.
Prayer makes you a better person overall. And it’s communication with Him. So this is relationship building through prayer, it’s how I get to know God, it’s by speaking to Him and Him speaking back to me. It was a struggle of mine. I’m a church kid born and raised in the church and I think for a little while, I kind of viewed prayer as something that was kind of ritualistic. But now as I go through my journey of life, I realize you can only go deeper, if that’s what you set out to do is to grow and go deeper. And I think as I grow older, my perspective changes.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law