By Lucinda Coyne
As a musician, it is clear that singer/songwriter Barrie Hart stands out from the crowd. With her edgy style of worship, and calm aura in her slow songs, anyone can lay down on their feet and pray. “You Alone” and “As I Am” captures Hart’s musical style. Her extensive experience in blues and Christian songs shows in her newest album. It is refreshing to listen to a voice that can capture a heart of worship with a down-to-earth feel into her searching soul. The answer lies in Hart’s songs and lyrics. “Lover Of My Soul” is one song that can allow a listener to reflect upon their spirituality and connection to a higher being.
Lucinda Coyne: Who was your spiritual influence in terms of your music writing?
Barrie Hart: Songwriters like Ashley Cleveland, Rita Springer, and Jennifer Knapp have definitely inspired me. They all write with such honesty, and I love that. So much of what I write comes out of my own times of prayer and worship; dare I say the biggest spiritual influence is God himself?
Coyne: In you song “Crowned In Glory,” one can see your calling for God; did you write this during a tough time in your life?
Hart: When I wrote “Crowned in Glory” I was sitting on my bed with my guitar just playing worship. I was kinda free singing and the lines just came out for the verse. I kept singing them over and over. The chorus is out of Psalm 86, and I honestly don’t remember how I chose that, but I spend a lot of time in the Psalms. David was another honest writer.
Coyne: If you were to choose one place in the world to be musically inspired, where would it be?
Hart: No doubt my cousin’s beach house in Bodega Bay, California. I go there by myself to write and commune. It is the most inspiring place I know.
Coyne: Do you remember teaching anyone how to sing or play an instrument? If so, which song or composition did you teach them?
Hart: Other than teaching my kids a few chords, no. I am forever the student.
Coyne: Your songs have a very mellow tone to it; what inspired you to
write “Who Am I?”
Hart: How much time do you have? I wrote that song literally on my knees. It was actually a journal entry. I was in the midst of the end of a 14-year marriage; I had stepped down from leading worship, and my band was essentially broken up. Nothing was the way I thought He said it would be. “Here I Am” was written the same week. I think they say it all.