At the age of five, Kerrie Roberts began making lasting impressions by dazzling audiences with her sweet vocals while standing on a milk crate so the congregation could see her in the church choir.

Now, all grown up, Kerrie is making a strong impression on the Christian music industry with dynamic vocals on her impressive debut album helping to garner nominations for “New Artist of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year” categories.

You’ll definitely be hearing more about this artist in the years to come.

TSO: Tell us the story behind the song, “No Matter What.”

My dad is a pastor, and the inspiration actually came from a sermon that he preached a couple of years ago. It was focused on the moment right before Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego went into the fiery furnace. They made this statement of faith that ‘I know God has the power to save me, but if He doesn’t choose to, we’re not going to bow down to any other. He is still our God.’

That just struck me, and I wrote it down in my song journal and kind of went on with life. When I started working on this project, that idea just kind of popped out of me and I thought it had an important message to relate.

Growing up in the church, I’ve seen people who have been faithful and still have the floor just ripped out from underneath them. You see that a life of faith does not in any way protect you from that. Especially during these times, it’s crucial to remember that we place our faith in God because of who He is and His sovereignty — not because of possible blessings, healings or whatever He can give us.

TSO: What’s typically involved in your songwriting process and what’s your inspiration?

My favorite way to write is to get an idea, work on the lyric and to be able to take my time. I’m inspired to write when I hear or see something so important that I can’t help but share it with others, and also when I feel like someone else could be encouraged by it.

TSO: What do you hope people will take away from your album and concerts?

I hope that people realize that they’re not alone in this journey — and to realize they don’t have to put on a mask and pretend they have it all together. Something I’m passionate about is sharing that the Christian community should be a place where we hold each other up, not tear each other down. When people listen to the album, I pray they will be encouraged and realize that Christ provides hope and healing for hearts.

** For more information about Kerrie Roberts, please visit www.kerrieroberts.com

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