This week I've found
strength and inspiration in April Meservy's debut album, "Somewhere Between
Sunsets." I've had it on repeat since I got it. I listen to it while I'm
getting ready in the morning, in the car and before I go to sleep.
You've heard Meservy's voice
on several EFY albums, and now you get the chance to listen to 12 of her
original songs. Meservy's album takes us on a journey through love, change and
"So much can happen ... from one
sunset to the next," Meservy said.
Sharing stories from her own
life and others' experiences, Meservy's honesty is evident in every song. She
had a clear vision for this album, "to give these stories a chance to speak."
__IMAGE1__"I wanted to create a
national-sounding album on the budget of an indie record with the goal in mind
of making and recording music of the same quality you'd expect to hear coming
from a major record label. My associate producer, Brent Jenkins, worked just as
hard alongside me to ensure that we stayed true to the vision intended for this
album," Meservy said.
One of my favorite songs on
the album is "Marks of My Path (Mountain)." This song recently
received an award from the Interfaith Power and Light Earth Song Competition.
Meservy shared the story behind this song.
"Nature helps me center. I
see images in nature that represent life to me and whisper of things I need to
learn. ... When I am out in nature I feel like I get a better sense for who I can
become. It's like God can speak so clearly and I can feel his love for me more
"For instance, one line in
the song says, 'I want to be ... deep like the river that carries me forward, that
taught me to swim and to breathe.' That line came from an experience I had when
I was 8 where I thought I was going to drown. It was on a family rafting
trip down the Truckee River, and if you know the Truckee you know that the
rapids can be pretty intense at times — especially on a little yellow raft. We
capsized, and I remember as I was pulled under the water over and over, I kept
thinking how essential it was that I keep my head above water — and breathe.
And that I needed to swim as hard as I could to the surface every time I would
go under again," she said.
Meservy understands that
meaningful music can influence lives in a very real way.
"Music has a much more
powerful influence to heal and reach people's hearts than I think we sometimes
give it credit for," the Mormon musician continued. "It is my hope that the music I write
will encourage an environment for people to feel, to think or just to smile."
For Meservy, success lives
in those moments where others feel better or smile after listening to her
"Success is ... a three-minute
conversation after a show with a stranger who lets me know that one of my songs
was exactly what she needed right then. Getting an e-mail from a friend in
Russia who says my music made him laugh, reminisce, think and unwind. ... Most
importantly, however, it's knowing that I am trying to listen to what my heart,
God and life are trying to teach me. To be where it is I'm needed and doing
what it is I'm here to do — that applies on a musical level and in everything
else," she said.
I can honestly say this is
one of the best albums I own. It's not a CD where you skip through half the
songs to get to your two or three favorites. It's a journey that invites the
listener to feel and think. It's someone putting their heart out on their
sleeve, inviting you to take it and relate.
"At times it has been kind
of scary to put so much of my heart and experience out there, but it has meant
a lot for me to hear that people are connecting with it," Meservy shared. "I'm
thankful God has given me songs to sing, air to breathe and unfailing support
throughout the journey."
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