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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BECKAH SHAE






Pop artist Beckah Shae is gold. She’s been refined by fire and polished to a sweet, smooth finish. Now, she’s emerging, armed for life’s battles. She’s up for the challenge with her fierce new album, Destiny, a collection of songs born out of a wealth of experience.

The beginning of her journey was marked by hardship and depravity. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mom went on to remarry several times. Her mother came from a Jewish family; therefore, Shae grew up around her extended family’s Jewish traditions, yet also attended church and Sunday School thanks to her mom’s early conversion to Christianity. She credits her mother as being a key influence in her spiritual development. Although she moved often growing up, Shae stayed mostly on the West Coast or in New Jersey, where her father lived. A self-proclaimed “conformist,” during her unstable teenage years were a barrage of raves, Tijuana and Vegas, fake I.D.s, experimental drugs and eating disorders leading to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. “The enemy had me confused. I was considered the ‘good’ one in the bad environments I found myself in, so I really didn’t realize how lost I was, or who I was,” Shae shares.







Hope by shaeshoc





In her early 20s and at an all-time low, Shae moved to Las Vegas and joined a cover band, healing from a broken heart after a failed relationship. In the midst of “Sin City,” Shae began to feel emptiness creeping in. Searching for some sense of home, she found a church online and attended a worship service there. This was a turning point.

During the worship service, I was crying out to the Lord, ‘Make a way out for me. I’m so sorry.’

She soon encountered a woman at the church who suggested she move to Nashville and pursue her gift of singing—a talent and calling Shae discovered at an early age. Shortly after, Shae moved to Music City. “Moving to Nashville was an act of obedience and faith, which God honored,” says Shae.

Now, hearing Shae communicate passionately about her beliefs, her husband of seven years and their two daughters, it’s hard to believe this is the same person who grew up in rented spaces, trailer parks and battered women’s shelters. Her struggles with identity are hard to imagine when she radiates with self-assurance.
To see yourself the way God sees you is the beginning of freedom,


says Shae. “Together truth and love reveal what’s real and what’s not. You can’t have one without the other. Truth is ineffective without love, and love simply does not exist apart from the truth! I’m passionate about exposing the enemy and his attempt to rob God’s people of their purpose and self-worth by convincing them to accept a false truth and identity.”





Gold by shaeshoc




Today, Beckah Shae is a woman living out her artistic calling through her fifth album, Destiny, an explosion of club beats and bold color. Her music is flavored by Top 40 influences à la Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. However, her lyrics and lifestyle couldn’t be more different from these platinum-selling pop culture icons riding the tumultuous waves of superstardom. “I’ve spent time researching the artists and lyrics to the songs topping the charts, because I’m interested in what is being released and received by this generation; and I found myself feeling physically sick afterward,” reveals Shae. “What one generation tolerates, the next embraces, and I will not be held accountable for being silent about the things that I know are offensive and harmful not only to God but also to my children.”

Shae regrets that there aren’t more alternatives available to counteract the negativity found in mainstream music but is doing her part to provide a healthy supplement with a relevant sound. “People are only listening to what’s being handed to them,” she says. “It’s up to us to give them something more to help renew their minds. We are a desperate people, starving for truth, and it can only be revealed by the living God through the power of His Holy Spirit.”

Destiny by shaeshoc



Destiny—produced by Shae’s husband, Jack “Shoc” Shocklee (Montell Jordan, TobyMac, Group 1 Crew)—may have the same beats that current Top 40 hits use to entice listeners, but the songs serve as a wake-up call for this generation. “This album is an anthem for the army of God, for those who are surrendered and focused on their purpose and mission to be strengthened, encouraged and ready for battle. It’s also a wake-up call for those who aren’t ready, to get in line, get in position and be reminded that God’s greatest victory is but a breath away.”



We Are by shaeshoc