Christian singer-songwriter Katy Weirich follows up on her previous release, “Majestic One,” with her newest worship single, “More,” out now. Weirich pours her soul into every lyric she sings on this track, revealing the pain she encountered in her experience with postpartum anxiety and depression. The songstress’ pristine, masterfully crafted vocal shines brightly on this track atop the all-encompassing soundscape contributed by multi Grammy Award winning producer, Tedd T. Weirich shows fans a deeper look into the stories that inspired her upcoming spring 2022 EP, Out Of The Blue, with this single. In this TCB Exclusive, Weirich reflects on her third battle with postpartum depression, anxiety and panic attacks and talks about how she saw Jesus sustain her during those periods. Katy also talks about stepping out of her comfort zone while recording this song and how it created a powerful vocal moment. Finally, she previews the themes of her upcoming EP as well.
Congratulations on the release of “More!” Why is the message of this track so important to you personally?
The message behind “More” stems from my own personal encounter with the love of God in times of suffering. Prior to writing “More” I had a very severe, debilitating struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety – I was so badly off at one point that I’d have panic attacks that made me collapse to the floor. One morning doing the dishes I was praying and reflecting on how the Lord had sustained me through this period of darkness, realizing that through it all I had experienced the closeness and love of Jesus more strongly than any other time of my life. There was a welling up of gratitude in that moment at the kitchen sink, an overwhelming sense of His presence and His peace that almost felt like an embrace. My response was a simple, impromptu, melody with lyrics that I sang out loud as a prayer to God – that response has since become the chorus of “More.”
What stands out to you most from the time you were first writing or recording “More?”
There’s a special moment in the studio that stands out to me when recording lead vocals for the bridge. I remember being in the booth and we were trying out different variations of the lyric “you will never let me go” and I felt this nudge to try something that felt really vulnerable from a vocal standpoint-to basically go up the octave and belt those lyrics with all my might. Just like in the first verse of “More,” I had to live out these lyrics “and with abandon bless your name” – I’m so glad I took the leap and surrendered my voice to the Lord in this way because we ended up using it in the main vocal and it ended up being a very emotionally, raw climax to the song. I remember walking out of that booth saying “I’ve never sung like that in my entire life.”
How do you begin to define success for “More”?
The goal for “More” and other singles I’ve released thus far has always been to serve the church. Whether that’s providing new songs of worship to be sung corporately during Sunday services, or whether that’s ministering to someone individually in the car on their commute, success means reaching the saints where they are and hopefully facilitating the worship of Jesus in both spirit and in truth.
This single, as well as others already released, will be on your upcoming EP Out Of The Blue. How do these already released tracks preview the full EP?
Yes! These tracks give a glimpse both sonically and lyrically as to the EP’s overarching theme of worship birthed out of seasons in the dark. This verse in Matthew 10:27 encapsulates this perfectly: “What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.”
Is there a track, or even lyric, that means something different to you now compared to when you first connected with it?
Absolutely. To be honest, this project has been in the works for a long time, years to be exact and when I wrote these songs I didn’t know that I’d end up becoming pregnant, delivering our beautiful baby girl and then once again for the third time having to traverse the path of postpartum depression, thankfully not as bad as the second round, but still very difficult. But this time, here with me I had these songs, these recordings served as reminders of the Lord’s faithfulness and hope that he would get me through once again just like he did the first two times. I would listen back to them and hear my own voice sing what I knew deep down was true – despite what I was feeling. When I couldn’t bring myself to sing, the Lord used this project to sing over me. Zephaniah 3:17 ‘The Lord your God is in our midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.’
Who, or what, is currently providing inspiration for you, either musically or spiritually?
The Psalms continue to provide fresh inspiration and overall the Word of God continues to refresh and renew my soul. Musically I’m really enjoying having a real acoustic piano in the house and it just got tuned!
What are you most expectant for in 2022?
I’m really wanting to steward this music well and am praying that God will use it for His glory. I’m excited to see how that unfolds and what it will look like in 2022.