“The Only” is a musical prayer that began in my car. I create melodies and songs when I’m driving alone, it’s how I created my last project. But this past January I couldn’t stop singing the words: “I was blind, but now I see, You gave me breath, and now I breathe,” which during the quarantine this March became “The Only.”

I brought my work on this song to my producer, Filipe Michael, founder of the Dreamfoot App.  The song evolved with me sending voice memos to Filipe of melodies that I couldn’t get out of my head. Inspiration hit and Filipe took the song to an entirely different level. We were both really excited to get together to record the vocals in person — but the stay-at-home orders hit in March and life experienced a big disruption. 

As I was trying to navigate this new balance between working full-time from home, getting my kids up to speed with online school, and supporting my husband’s overtime hours as a nightshift ICU nurse … I felt a little bummed that this work had to get put on the back burner. Although I ended up recording all my vocals from home, at night, after my kids were in bed and my husband at work. Filipe took my homemade vocals and worked magic on his end in production and mixing. Our final step was to put the song into the hands of Vinnie Alibrandi, a mastering engineer who I worked with previously. 

This song is meant to be a prayer of hope shared with the world. Because, despite this turmoil, for me there has been hope and peace in Jesus. I had a personal reality check two years ago in a hospital bed where fear overcame my soul to the point of hopelessness and I was blatantly faced with my own mortality. That experience has become a creative springboard for my writing. I want to share the genuine hope I found with others. At this time people are facing uncertainty about life, the possibility of death, and are on the verge of losing hope. This song is intended to share the hope we have in Jesus and to reflect Jesus’ light into the darkness around us.

-Amanda

Hebrews 6:19 sums up for us that God’s promises are certain — firm and secure, giving believers hope: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” 

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