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An Interview with Becky Kelley: Christmas Time, Christmas Music

Dec 5, 2018 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

1) Becky, as we approach December 25th, what kinds of thoughts go thru your mind?

We just got our Christmas tree up, so I feel like I can finally start to think all things Christmas! I have the thoughts that probably most parents do… need to get the presents, the cards out, make the cookies, enjoy and not stress out, but it’s honestly a challenge to get it all in and not feel that pressure. I’ve really tried to be intentional the last few years about really focusing on Jesus’ birth with not only my kids, but myself. Culture and now social media throws so much at us, and all we really need to do is say THANK YOU for sending Your son and celebrate the awesomeness that we were sent a SAVIOR. I now cry when I read the Christmas story. It’s so beautiful. 

2) A few years ago, you had a very big hit record that went viral. What was the name of that record and do you still get requests for it?

Yes, “Where’s the Line to See Jesus” came out several years ago, and it’s still getting a lot of views and streams and downloads! In fact, in God’s perfect fashion, it hit the 5 million mark ON Christmas Day last year on YouTube, so that was really fun.

3) Some Christmas songs have universal appeal- why do you think this is?

I think songs that inspire us and take us to a place that words alone can’t will get the traction that make people say “I want to hear that again” or “I want to feel that again”, and so it goes. Music is amazing like that. It reaches a part in us that we didn’t even know was in there sometimes, and a song, whether Christmas or not, that reaches those parts of us will go far and for good reason. 

4) Someone once sang ” It’s the most wonderful time of the year” and it really is for some people -Is it the music, the gifts, the celebration, family ?

I think it’s different for everyone, but honestly when you get down to it, I think it has to be the celebration and family time. When we think about things that last, it’s not the gifts or the amazing cookies (although I do have my favorites) but it’s the memories. Those memories come from the inside of us- spending intentional time with the ones we love and celebrating the birth of our Jesus. Silent Night on Christmas Eve with candles all around me, snuggled on the couch with my family watching Christmas movies, all of that is what I love. 

5) What about your latest endeavors and music- can you tell us about them?

Sure! I did 3 cover songs this past summer which was something new for me, and we had a BLAST! We did Fear is a Liar, Tremble, and Wonderfully Made. All of those are out on YouTube as well as all major music sites. Then this past fall we recorded a new song called “After the Sparkle”… my dad came up with the idea years ago about how even after the sparkle of Christmas is over, our God is still with us. We got to work in the studio and shot a video for it that just got released it 2 weeks ago!  

6) Can fellow musicians get the sheet music and words for your songs? And if so where?

We do have the sheet music available for “Where’s the Line to See Jesus”, and that is available through Hal Leonard online. The words for all of my songs are all on their YouTube videos and most of them can be found by searching online as well. 

7) Do you have a web site where people can learn more about you and your music?

I do! Please come on over and visit me at www.beckykelleymusic.com

8) Any upcoming appearances or performances?

I sing regularly with my worship team at church on Sundays, but no tours or performances on the calendar for 2019 just yet! That is one of my goals for this year! 

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