Moriah Peters' album Brave features powerful songs inspired by that one word - brave. When asked about how the album has impacted her own life, Moriah gives an example from the song "Oh Fear (My God Is Near)":

"I have a song called 'Oh Fear' where I speak directly to 'fear' and say 'You have kept me in chains for so long, but no more' ... being pro-active instead of just accepting what's happening has been a big difference maker for me." 

Another song that empowers Moriah is the title song, "Brave"...

"This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I don't consider myself to be an incredibly brave person. I find that I am more worried and fearful and anxious than anything else. I wanted to write a song that would encourage me in those moments of feeling worried or scared. 'Brave' for me has been the soundtrack in those battles against fear in my life." Moriah says she was hoping to amp things up with the sound of the song and admits, "Life is not always a bed of roses and sometimes we do wake up and we have to decide and make a conscience effort and a choice - to think positively and to fight against those things that are holding us back. So, it encourages me by reminding me that I'm not alone.”

The music video for 'Brave' released in August 2015. Moriah's husband, Joel Smallbone of for King & Country co-produced the video and her brother-in-law Ben Smallbone engineered the lighting. Moriah portrays three different characters in the video: Afraid, Brave and Moriah (herself).  She hopes to encourage those who watch it to "Step outside their comfort zone and to choose bravery instead of fear. To make a difference and to make an impact on the people that are in  your life!"

The album sums up a season of life characterized by fighting a severe illness and balancing separate tour schedules with Joel shortly after their wedding. “I learned a valuable lesson during those moments when I didn't have strength to speak. Life can't be taken for granted, no matter what your age. I also understood that fear and faith often come in a package. Choosing faith is an act of bravery. It's a decision."

"You Carry Me" was inspired by the famous "Footsteps in the Sand" poem that speaks of God carrying us on His shoulders during the toughest times in our life, times where we may have thought He left us during. “I want others to know that sometimes trials are often just about focus," she explains. "When I feel like I'm sinking and all alone, I know my focus isn't on God anymore. 'You Carry Me' is a celebration song, a reminder to look back on the difficult times God brought us through. He promises that He will never leave or forsake us!”

Moriah first turned her life over to God at the young age of fourteen, and growing up in Chino, California, she always considered singing and songwriting her passion, but never imagined that making music would be her career. “After high school, my 'genius plan' was to go to college, major in psychology, minor in music and eventually become a lawyer,” she said. “Thankfully, I prayed one of the most important and dangerous prayers I've ever prayed, 'God, I just want to be used by you.'”

After auditioning for American Idol and being told by producers that her Christian lifestyle was not “ideal,” Moriah knew that was God closing the door. Shortly after Idol, Moriah signed a record deal with one of Christian music's most respectable labels, Reunion Records. Her first single, “I Choose Jesus” speaks about taking a stand for your faith, and choosing to believe in God. She based it on her high school experiences...

"I was of one of only a handful of Christians in my classroom, since most people were either atheist, agnostic, or following a different religion,” she said. “I realized very quickly in that environment that you have to take a strong stand in what you believe in, and that people won't always necessarily agree with you, but they will respect you for saying something.”

One night after getting frustrated with not being able to answer all the questions of her non-Christian classmates and teachers, Moriah looked at the stars and tackled the tough question of whether God really exists. “It caused me to realize that if there was not a God then nothing mattered, but if there is a God, then nothing else matters, and I need to choose to follow him.” In that moment she chose Jesus, and Moriah believes that this understanding is what has allowed her faith to become so strong.

Moriah and Joel live in Franklin, Tennessee - just outside of Nashville.


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