TAYA, the voice behind Hillsong UNITED's #1 hit "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," releases her highly anticipated debut full-length album. Recorded cross-continentally, the14-track album is composed of entirely brand-new songs co-written by TAYA alongside Producer Jon Guerra.
TAYA takes the time to talk about how she heard a word from God regarding her new album. She recounts:
I was crying out to God for a word for this 'Taya' project & hadn't heard anything. My dear friend Kare pulled me aside at the start of 1 of 2 Colour conferences, one of the last church gatherings we had before the world shut down, & she asked if I'd heard from God yet. I said no slightly panicked knowing it was looming but not yet begun. She grabbed my hands, prayed over me & spoke with confident faith that God would speak to me by the end of the 2 conferences.
Fast forward to the last day of the 2nd conference, I wasn't rostered on & I ran into Kare & Han heading to sit in. My kind friend asked again, had God spoken to me yet & I said no. She said I know He will speak to you in this session, so we walked in together & took our seats.
Wedged between two of my dearest friends, with our sweet Brooke Ligertwood leading us in 20+ minutes of free worship, wearing a blue eye mask that was the 2020 conference gift for the whole 20 minutes so I wasn't distracted - I heard God speak. It wasn't audible but an impression on my spirit.
This was to be 'like honey; sweet, palatable, easy to digest & has healing qualities.' That as it went down by the grace of God it would heal wounds people didn't even know needed tending to. I wrote it all down in my journal.
Unsure if I was just hungry or if my love of sugar had led me there, I didn't tell anyone of the words I wrote in that moment.
Going home that night, I sat up in bed reading over the words I'd written. My husband came in from being in wine country all day helping a friend move house & said he had a gift for me. He said he saw it, thought of me & bought it. I honestly thought 'wine country,' therefore he bought a bottle of rosè or something cultured butwhen I put my hand in the brown paper bag I pulled out a jar of HONEY.