1. What was your inspiration to write “What Was Your Name”?
I am a volunteer spokesperson and opening act for the Mission: PreBorn (MPB) sponsorship concerts. MPB is a pro-life organization that serves crisis pregnancy centers across the nation. I had been singing cover songs for my three-song opening act and was receiving a good response, but I felt increasingly discontent with singing other people’s songs. I knew I had
something unique to say! I started writing my own songs because I wanted the audience to get to know my personal stories, my heart, and me as an artist so I could connect with them in a deeper way.
The desire to write “What Was Your Name?” came from the Holy Spirit deeply convicting me about the 58 million children who have been aborted in the United States since Roe vs. Wade was passed 40 years ago. My heart was broken for these people who never had a chance to live their lives. They all had a name and a gender. They were supposed to go to school, get jobs, have a calling, and perhaps marry and have their own children. I wrote “What Was Your Name?” as a way to recognize these lives that ended before they had a chance to begin.
Psalm 139:13-16 also inspired the song. I quote it at every concert. It says, “For you created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. All your works are wonderful. I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
2. Tell us about your experience producing the music video.
From the moment I landed in Los Angeles, the experience felt a bit “surreal.” It was sort of unbelievable that we were turning my song into an actual visual production! I didn’t know what to expect, and I couldn’t have imagined how well it would all turn out. I still tear up while watching it! So many of the scenes – at the beach and in the desert, at the Hollywood sign, with the children at the park – were just perfect. The director of photography was so talented. It was amazing to see what he was able to capture on camera! Every single person on the crew was fantastic.
Román Jáquez, our director, was so easy to work with. He was professional, gentle, funny, warm, and Godly. He made everybody feel at home and loved. Román really took the reins and handled all of the business aspects with the utmost care. I did not worry about anything because I was so confident in Román’s dedication and hard work.
Román and I never ceased to keep our eyes on Jesus, and this gave us peace throughout the process – even when we got stuck in Death Valley because of the sandy roads! We eventually got out through patience and prayer (and pushing the vehicle!) in the pitch blackness of night…and got back just in time to shower and get ready to catch our flights home the next morning. It was an adventurous 12-hour drive for a 10-minute shoot, but it was well worth the effort!
3. What do you hope to accomplish from this music video?
My desire is for this music video to touch the hearts of viewers on the topic of abortion. I hope that as they watch and listen they are deeply moved – moved enough to consider their own stance on abortion, and alternatives to abortion. My hope is for anyone who watches the video to realize that a child in the womb is still a child, an actual person with a name, a life, and a future.