With a rise in conversations around racial justice, 2020 has revealed the ways in which injustice still exists. Amidst her grief and a desire for change, rising singer/songwriter Victoria Davis found herself without a relevant song to sing, when a new melody was placed upon her heart. It came at the right time, following years of prompting from the Holy Spirit to write music without being sure what it meant, or just what to say. Noticing a need for greater diversity onstage at Christian conferences she attended and feeling heartbroken by the news of George Floyd’s death, this song came to Victoria organically. Set to release on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2021, “Heart Unfold (Revival)” is a cry for a breakthrough in and for the church, to see things the way God sees them. In this TCB Exclusive, Davis shares the story behind her new song, the vision for the single and her hope for the new track.
Congratulations on your upcoming single “Heart Unfold (Revival)” releasing January 18th! Can you share the heart behind the message for this track?
Thank you so much! I wrote this song as an anthem for the church to sing over the current state of this country and our world. My hope is that we would grieve, confess and repent of the ways we have [done] wrong and misrepresented God’s kingdom. And after our repentance, my prayer is that we will begin declaring and hoping for a better tomorrow where we can truly be the church that God has called us to be.
When did you first have the vision for “Heart Unfold (Revival)”?
It all originated from a conversation I had with God about the state of our society and the state of the church in regards to social justice. I had been grieved by so much of what was happening and felt the need to respond in some way. As a worship leader, I found that there were very few worship songs that touched on God’s kingdom being manifest to the marginalized, poor and downtrodden. After that heartfelt conversation with the Lord, I just heard him begin to sing this song over me as an anthem for the church.
Success can mean many things to different people and situations. Have you thought about what success looks like to you for this music release?
I would love it that this song would reach as many people as possible and that it would encourage all of us to be moved into action.
How do you think your faith plays a role in how you engage with others through your interactions and music?
My faith is the filter by which I view the world and my music. If it wasn’t for my faith, I wouldn’t even be doing music. I feel that it is my duty to be obedient to God and listen to His voice. It may sound strange to some but I couldn’t imagine doing any of this without God leading me. And so my music is just a means by which I feel I can bless people and encourage them like a healing balm. It is also a way of giving people words to sing when everything else seems to fail.
Who, or what, are some of your current biggest inspirations, spiritually and musically?
Spiritually I would say my older sister Guimel. I learned so much from seeing her faith growing up. Since she was older she would often teach me a lot about God and spirituality. My mother also played a huge role in emulating a deep personal relationship with God. Musically: Bethany Dillon, Pat Barrett, and Hillsong Worship.
As a songwriter, do you often find either the melody or the lyrics come to you first?
I find that melodies come to me first.
With all the changes brought on because of the COVID-19 pandemic, how have you adapted in making or sharing music and connection?
It’s definitely been a challenge being a new artist during this COVID season. I am really grateful for streaming platforms and social media. And I honestly believe that the music that has come out of this pandemic has been some of the best I have heard in a long time. So in a lot of ways it’s been fertile ground for artists. And for me it has caused me to be even more intentional about creating content that will encourage people and fill them with hope.
What at are you most expectant for in 2021?
I am hoping to release more music, maybe an EP would be great!