About Beckah – Champion.
For nearly ten years, soulful singer/songwriter Beckah Shae’s been steadily gaining momentum, establishing her very own Shae Shoc Records with her husband/constant production collaborator Jack “Shoc” Shocklee and turning in seven studio CDs. Along the way, she’s racked up top 10 Billboard Christian CHR radio singles like “Here In This Moment” and “LIFE,” scored a Dove nomination for the latter gem, served as a featured guest on tobyMac’s Billboard blockbuster Tonight album and also collaborated with fellow multi-million album seller Montell Jordan on his latest Victory World Music project Shake Heaven. (features on 2 tracks for T-Bones upcoming project,”Bionic Man”)
As extraordinary as her ascent’s been thus far, Shae’s eighth album unequivocally signals the California born/Nashville bred artist’s arrival as a national force that doesn’t just overflow with her own creative excellence, but also boasts a massive list of all-star guests including Israel Houghton, Crystal Lewis, T-Bone, Eric Dawkins and Canon, sure to solidify her burgeoning platform as a positive hitmaker all the world over. But there’s much more to Champion than merely one of the hottest pop, electronic, R&B and hip-hop soundtracks of the entire year. In fact, a further foray into an astonishing testimony paints Shae as not only the ultimate survivor, but also someone who continues to thrive thanks to faith at the center of her foundation.
In spite of her circumstances, Shae had a supernatural encounter with the Lord at a very young age that she believes planted a deep rooted faith. She also credits her devoutly faithful mother who comes from a strong jewish family and coverted from Judaism and first introduced Beckah to Christ . It’s a faith and heritage the singer/songwriter always clung to even during her tumultuous teens, but it wasn’t until she found herself at her lowest, darkest place of brokenness and humility before the Lord in her early 20s that she surrendered her life completely and was delivered entirely from her personal demons and toxic environments.
“My mom introduced me to Jesus- she’s my Champion as far as that is concerned- and through her humility, grace and love, I saw God’s faithfulness first hand,” she recalls. “I was never personally abused physically or sexually at all, which is an absolute miracle with all that was going around me growing up. Those years allowed me to know Jesus as my savior, protector, provider, best friend, comforter and counselor, which really established who I am today.”
As Shae channeled all of those emotions into her music, she’s happy to report that besides being happily married to the immensely ingenious “Shoc,” they also have two beautiful daughters (Joy and Grace) and she’s now walking in complete freedom from the depression, anxiety and bulimia that plagued her younger years. Every project she has delivered indicates just how vulnerable but concurrently hopeful she’s willing to dig into her songwriting, always striving to channel those previous challenges into a means of present day healing for strugglers of any stripe.
“I’ve walked through a season of defeat, but now I walk in overwhelming victory,” Shae proudly proclaims. “Seeing yourself the way God sees you is the beginning of freedom. Since we were poor and were always moving around, I had to start over and meet new friends every time. With each adjustment period, I always felt misunderstood and misjudged. Progress was slow, but I stayed persistent and consistent in being faithful to God and this is what He’s done. Now I’m super passionate about helping others see themselves the way God sees them, no matter what season of difficulty they’re going through. I want them to listen to this music and not just see from my life’s example of God’s healing capabilities, but for them to be inspired, encouraged and come to know God intimately, choose the incorruptible, be invincible, see the invisible, and do the impossible.”
Throughout all these tunes, Shae turns in the utmost musical relevance, which could just as readily appeal to fans of Christian music favorites tobyMac, Group 1 Crew or Capital Kings, as current EDM scene shapers Zedd (with additional ‘80s-inspired grooves gleaned by sources as diverse as Michael Sembello’s Flashdance soundtrack smash “Maniac” to Peter Gabriel’s Say Anything staple “In Your Eyes”). But of course, no beats would be complete without her main man “Shoc,” who Shae calls “my favorite person on the planet, plus a man of integrity, generosity and loyalty,” not to mention “a constant source of all around inspiration and the crazy talented man who makes all the sounds come together.”
Continues Shae while turning the tide back towards the tunes: “I definitely hope this connects with the Rihanna / Katy Perry crowd, plus there’s more EDM on this album and it’s definitely a hype CD. We got so much feedback from the Destiny album saying how much everyone loved the dance tracks and were looking for more upbeat music to work out to. There’s also a remix of ‘Incorruptible’ by David Thulin, and a remix of ‘Turbo Style’ with Canon that dives directly into the hip-hop world.” Even with all the four on the floor dance grooves, there’s still plenty of room to let’s Shae’s incomparable voice shine, most notably, on the mid-tempo treasure “Vision.” “That’s definitely my favorite song on the record,” she adds. “Everything about the way that I think and the concept of seeing with your heart is the center of that song. Having the Lord steer my ‘Vision’ is what keeps me going and keeps me focused.”
The title track of Beckah’s New album Champion is an all out overcoming anthem anchored in Hebrews 12:2 to remind believers to keep their eyes firmly planted on Jesus, the one and only Champion of our faith. “The imagery we used on the album cover is a drop of blood, “The blood drop symbolizes The Divine, Life, Humility, Strength, Love, Victory and Favor. The reason why any of us can be a champion is because we have the bloodline of the ultimate Champion.”
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“To see yourself the way God sees you is the beginning of freedom. You are adored, and dearly loved. His passion for you is from everlasting to everlasting. If you could only accept and receive this immeasurable free gift, you then would discover the overwhelming peace and joy that surpasses all understanding. Nothing can discourage a heart that beats in time with the heart of God. And the only way to have his heartbeat, is to first run into his arms, allow him to hold you close…and then remain.”