Tricia: "I have to hold onto the truth of God's love, to let my heart be convinced of the things that my mind knows."
Tricia, known for being the energetic frontwoman of hit-making band Superchick, is back with her first solo pop album,Radiate, which is a collaboration between Tricia and her husband Nick Baumhardt (of Stellar Kart). He produced the album and accompanied Tricia in co-writing many of the songs. "I loved working with Nick on this project. We're both easygoing and don't take ourselves too seriously. We were able to be very honest throughout the creative process because we wanted the best art that we could create," Tricia explained.
Dictionary.com defines "Happy" as "characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind." We need to truly be free in Christ and be happy and filled with joy. We are in a fallen world, and if you believe the Truth of what it means to follow Christ, you know you weren't made for this world. Tricia wants to share that at times the listener may feel without hope, but there's no need to fear. Hope, refuge and strength are always with us when we are with God. I had the chance to speak with Tricia about her catchy song "Enough."
Please tell me about the background message behind the song.
This is one of just a couple of songs on the album we didn't write. When we heard the song, it grabbed us right away, and we couldn't believe it hadn't been recorded yet. We love the song. It felt perfect for this album. Musically we knew where we would go with it. In thinking about the song as I've been writing paragraphs about each song on the album, it's been good to think about what the songs mean to me and why we wrote them.
It connected with me in this stage of my career. I'm out on my own as a solo artist now, and out of the comfort zone of having been in the band Superchick for 15 years. Everything we did was as a band, and now it's just me. Also, I'm a first time mom. I'm learning how to try to juggle all of my responsibilities and to have my priorities in the right place, and taking care of my daughter is my first priority.
In Superchick, we wrote a lot of songs about self-esteem and image, and believing in who God made you to be. I thought maybe I was past that phase in my life. I thought I was comfortable in my own skin. Then everything changed once I became a mom. I was feeling more inadequate than ever. I find myself second guessing everything about motherhood. Every day I need to be reminded that God gave us our daughter as a gift and we are fully equipped to love her. As a mom, a wife, a sister, a friend and an artist, I have everything I need from God.
Social media invites so much comparison in our lives. We know where people vacation, how many kids they have and how well they sleep. It seems like people are doing well financially, and seeing those things we need to be happy with what God has given us and not compare ourselves to other people. We shouldn't feel inadequate. We need to find contentment, not just in our circumstances, but in God's love for us. His plan for us is good, and His timing is perfect. Where I am, I am meant to be. Trusting in God's goodness and His grace for me is enough. Jesus is enough.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
Romans 12:2 (The Voice): "Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete."
2 Corinthians 9:8 (The Voice): "God is ready to overwhelm you with more blessings than you could ever imagine so that you'll always be taken care of in every way and you'll have more than enough to share. "
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (The Message): "Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn't get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan's angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become."
What's the takeaway message for listeners about the song and album?
This album is called Radiate because I believe that is what each Christian is called to do, no matter their career choice. We are called to reflect the glory of God in our lives to a world that is hurting and broken all around us.
Radiate is an upbeat pop album that utilizes electronic elements in a happy and uplifting way. It deals with themes such as issues of identity, self-image and appearance. Even as an adult there are different areas that make me feel the same way I did in high school— that I'm not good enough, that I don't measure up. I have bad days where I feel easily discouraged, depressed and listen to the fear. But those moments in particular are the times where I have to hold onto the truth of God's love, to let my heart be convinced of the things that my mind knows.
Songs on the album such as "What I Know" communicate a message that God is real and faith is something powerful that we can hold onto. I hope that people are inspired and encouraged by this album. I hope that they enjoy the happy, upbeat songs, and that the slower songs are healing. These songs were inspired by my life experiences, and I hope that people will feel like they aren't the only ones with struggles, fears, and insecurities. But, ultimately our circumstances in life don't change that fact that God is always good.
Wish I didn't always compare myself
Wanting what You give to somebody else
Wish that I felt a little more content just being me just being me
Wish I wasn't stuck on what's going wrong
Wish I'd just enjoy this ride I'm on
Remember how good You've always been
Cause I believe I believe
It's enough that You know what I'm needing
It's enough just to go where You're leading
Keep my feet on the path and my empty hands always reaching up
It's enough just to breathe in the moment
And wherever I am I can know this
If I have nothing else
I will always have Your love Your love
And that's enough that's enough oh that's enough
Gonna be days when I'm falling short
Missing every dream that I'm reaching for
When nothing in life is going like I wish it would I wish it would
But I know even when it falls apart
You are still God and You hold my heart
This is the valley but You're taking me to somewhere good Somewhere good
To lift my eyes and to calm my soul
To grow my faith and to give me hope
Jesus You're enough You're enough
This song and this album is all about being happy with what God has given us and being grateful to Him. God knows what we need, and loves and cares for each of us deeply. When you put yourself under a microscope and examine whether you really believe all of the words of this great song, you'll find that it will challenge your faith and how closely you are walking with God. Like Tricia, I am challenged to believe these words when I sing along with her and believe with all of my heart: "Jesus You're enough, You're enough."
It's so easy to compare yourself to others and feel like God is blessing someone else with something that you want. We all need to learn that God has us exactly where we're supposed to be in this moment, even when we don't feel good enough. And this idea leads to the chorus of "Enough" which says: "It's enough that You know what I'm needing / It's enough just to go where You're leading / If I have nothing else, I will always have Your love / And that's enough." Amen to that!
Posted August 13, 2013 | NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.