TAYA gets real about the sweetness of God through the challenging season that shaped her debut album
On the latest episode of the podcast Trevor Talks, Taya Gaukrodger (Hillsong United) gave listeners an intimate look at her personal process in creating her debut solo album TAYA. That process took place during the pandemic, the early years of Taya’s marriage and the sweetness of God woven through all of it.
“I just see God’s kindness in spite of our own decisions and our own humanity,” Taya says. “God has a sweet sense of humor, but also a lovely way of reminding us through circumstances and details that He’s detail-oriented as well.”
That detail-oriented sovereignty moved Taya through successful cowrites with Lindsey Sweat and the project’s producer Jon Guerra. It led to apartment writing sessions and constant encouragement from her Hillsong family and her husband, Ben Gaukrodger. Now, Taya’s able to see divine intentionality even in the timing of the album, which has released as her church family is hurting.
“God’s hand is moving things around, and moving people around and situations, even in spite of certain things. Even in the timing of this being released while the most devastating news within our church family has also been released,” she vulnerably shares. “There’s so many things where I’m like, God, I don’t understand this. And yet, at the same time, I experienced His grace. I’m receiving text messages saying, ‘hey, where there was heavy news released today, I’m grateful for a song of joy that actually talks about leaning not on my own understanding, but in all my ways, trusting and acknowledging God, knowing He will make my path straight.”
That holy trust is expressed on songs like “For All My Life” and “Getaway,” both of which Taya breaks down in detail throughout her conversation on Trevor Talks. Every lyric is an anchor to the soul-soothing goodness of God. “We have the Prince of Peace, the one who works deeply and tenderly and says ‘I’m an ever present help in your time of trouble,’” Taya concludes. “He says, ‘come to me. I can show you how to do this. I’m not going to promise you a perfect life, but my promise is that I am with you.’”
As part of the Hillsong family, Taya Gaukrodger has given voice to some of the most recognizable worship anthems of our generation— including Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), Touch The Sky, Captain & Even When It Hurts (Praise Song). Her solo album TAYA is available to purchase and stream at taya.lnk.to/tayaTP. You can listen to the full episode of Trevor Talks on Spotify, Apple Music and Google Podcasts.