Nashville musician and songwriter captures the essence of the Psalms through debut album

by Trillia Newbell

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

The Psalmists call out in songs and prayers expressing various praises and emotions to God. The words in the Psalms are not only relevant but relatable to us today. Ellie Holcomb hoped to capture the essence of The Psalms through her CD, Magnolia EP, an acoustic EP of songs based on the Psalms.

“I love the Psalms and how honest they are.  One minute David is blessing God for all that He’s done, and the next he is shaking his fist at the heavens doubting His goodness and begging God to answer him. I relate to that a lot, so I often find myself spending time reading through a book of songs written by a broken man doubting and then reminding himself of who God really is over and over again,” shared Holcomb.

This is her first album, released in August  with original music written by Holcomb. Apart from the Psalms, her inspiration comes from the circumstances she is in, usually the difficult ones.

“The songs from Magnolia EP were inspired by some of these difficult seasons and by some time that I spent reading through the Psalms.  (The words are inspired by) joy, pain, doubt, love,” she said.

The record is simple, just Holcomb, a guitar and her father Brown Bannister, a music producer.  The album leads off with the title, Magnolia and includes two songs written and inspired directly from Psalm 103 (“Don’t Forget His Love”) and Psalm 108 (“My Heart is Steadfast”). But her personal favorite song on the album is “The Valley”; written for friends who were struggling with deep depression.

“The song is just crying out to God for rescue. While I wrote it for some friends, the song is a big part of my story as well. Coming to the end of myself and then crying out to Jesus for help. I love seeing this song ring true with so many people. I suppose at the end of the day, whether you believe in God or not, everyone knows what it’s like to struggle and long to be made whole,” she said.

Holcomb uses her writing not only to serve others but to remind herself of the truth of God’s Word.

“Writing music is almost a way for me to process whatever I’m walking through. It’s also a way for me to remind myself of what I know to be true. Lately, I’ve just been writing things that I know I’d love to sing over people, things that I believe have truth and life in them. It’s been a good place to start for me,” she said.

Ellie with husband Drew not only share their lives together in marriage, but also their musical gifting in the band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.

Holcomb also performs in the band Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors alongside her husband, Drew Holcomb. Ellie and the band are currently on tour around the country.

Ellie and Drew have been married for nearly six years and live in Nashville, Tenn. They attend church at City Church located in East Nashville.

“It’s our home and our community here in Nashville, and I don’t know that we could do what we do without the support of our families and a community like the one we’re blessed to be a part of at City Church,” she said.

For more information or to listen to her music,  visit her website at http://www.ellieholcomb.com.

 For touring dates or to learn about Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors band visit http://www.drewholcomb.com.

“I  hope to just be able to sing about what’s true, to remind myself, and maybe some other folks, that light is always stronger than darkness and that nothing we’ve ever done was too much for God to handle on the Cross,” she said.

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