Estella Kirk, a young model and singer-songwriter, has released her first single, 'Shelter in the Storm', and the debut music video to spread hope during uncertain times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Estella was wrapping up her debut EP album with producer Kira Fontana when the Coronavirus outbreak hit, so they immediately changed direction and decided to write a song about turning to God in this crisis.
The new song was produced by Josh "Igloo" Monroy (JoJo, Melanie Martinez) and co-written by Kira, a former top LA celebrity vocal coach to major labels and shows such as Glee and The Voice - now a singer-songwriter, producer, and the founder of Kingdom Sound.
The two really felt God had something He wanted to say to them about the current global situation, so they prayed for clarity. He led them to Psalm 91, "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide under the shadow of the Almighty." He showed them that even in the midst of this storm, where the whole world has been shaken, He is our shelter. When you put your faith and trust in Him, you can have peace and strength no matter what is happening around the world.
In addition to releasing her first single, Kirk is releasing her first music video today on her YouTube channel, directed by Zack Patrick and produced by Kingdom Sound. The inspiration for the video was to share a message of hope. The video opens with footage of life during the COVID-19 pandemic and what people are experiencing now, and moves to the hope and strength we can find when we turn to God no matter what circumstances we're in. By the end of the video, the cloudy skies open to a beautiful sunny sky with people embracing each other with hugs, shaking hands and love - giving people hope that this won't last forever and we'll be able to gather and be together and show affection like we did before.
When they filmed the video it just happened to be in the middle of a storm in Southern California, during the coronavirus epidemic. "We knew it was important to get this message of hope out to the world right away, so we decided to go ahead with the shoot in the rain," said Kira Fontana. "We made it to uplift and encourage people around the world in this pandemic, to give them hope."
While the song is an anthem for those struggling in the face of the coronavirus quarantine, its lyrics are also meant to encourage anyone fighting adversity - "it could apply to the hardships of facing an illness or even having a fight with friends," said Estella Kirk. "I feel like God will give direction and strength to anyone if they ask Him... and I feel like we all need that reassurance, especially right now."
Next month Kirk plans to release her next song from her forthcoming EP. She is based in Southeast Oklahoma, home to other widely successful musicians like Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and Blake Shelton.