After four albums in five years, contemporary Christian artist Rachael Lampa, performing as part of the Winter Jam concert tonight at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, is beginning to discover her musical voice.
Ms. Lampa was just 14 when she began her career with the release of Live for You, an arresting record that combined Latin rhythms, pop production and lessons of faith. Over the subsequent five years, she has successfully navigated the pitfalls of her teens and life in the spotlight. The person who has emerged, she says, is more confident and in control, both artistically and personally.
"It's been a time of major discovery and experimenting," she said in a recent telephone interview. "This new album is the first time I've allowed myself to talk about certain things, things I've experienced and care about. It's been very therapeutic for me."
The self-titled album marks the first time Ms. Lampa has written for one of her records. All of the songs were either written or co-written by Ms. Lampa.
"It's funny, because I didn't feel the pressure of it until I was about to put it out," she said. "I mean, when I started I was very young and didn't have a clue. I sang the songs I was given. But when I came to this, I knew that I had to do a record that I loved."
Recorded last year, Ms. Lampa said, the CD has become a relic for her. She said that all of her albums represent a certain moment in time to her, a snapshot of where she was emotionally and creatively while recording.
"I will never be ecstatic with my records," she acknowledged. "There are already things I'd change on this record. I can't believe that I'll ever stop experimenting and moving forward stylistically.
"Of course, there are also times when I just want to sit around and sing some old Stevie Wonder songs."
Although continuously evolving musically, Ms. Lampas said, her motivation for making music, her personal faith, has remained constant.
"For me, what I get out of it, is the fulfillment of knowing that what God gave me, what He put me in the universe for, is something I love," she said.
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specialRachael Lampa will perform in support of her self-titled album.
WHAT: The WinterJam Spectacular, featuring NewSong, TobyMac, Rachael Lampa, Tait, Building 429 and Matthew West
WHEN: 7 tonight
WHERE: Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.
COST: $10; call 722-3521.