Becky Thomas | I Delight in You

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I Delight in You

by Becky Thomas

Nominated for four Covenant Awards by the Canadian Gospel Music Association, this album combines smooth vocals with original native american, pop, folk, rock and country tunes from the heart.
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1. I Delight in You
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2. The Spirit Way
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3. You Are
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4. I Will Remember
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5. Heal the Land
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6. Beatitudes
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7. And the Kingdom Comes
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8. No High Like the Most High
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9. Celebrate Life
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10. Do Not Gloat
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11. Blessed Are the People
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12. Amazing Grace
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13. Spread Your Wings and Fly
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Becky Thomas, a singer, songwriter and musician, was recently nominated by the Canadian Gospel Music Association for 4 Covenant Awards in the following categories for 2008:

Best Aboriginal Song - The Spirit Way
Best Aboriginal Song - Heal The Land
Best Country/Bluegrass Song - No High Like The Most High
Best Aboriginal Album - “I Delight In You”


Born in Bristol, Tennessee, but having lived and traveled in many different places thru Youth With A Mission and other ministries, Thomas borrows from the many different genres that have made up her life and musical experience on her first solo debut, "I Delight in You". Some of the more unique sounds interwoven thru this album include Native American chants and drums, paraphrased Scripture and Hebrew names for God.

"When researching the sounds that make up the chants, I was surprised to find many of the words translate to names for God in Hebrew. This has added a new meaning and depth to my worship, knowing that such simple chants as “Hey-ah” can be used as a guttural prayer to Yahweh. It is so awesome to see that God has hidden His Name in some of the deepest heart cries of aboriginal people the world over – He really is an awesome God and Creator!”

Here are some of the stories behind the songs on this album:

I Delight in You – this song actually came to me during a very hard season of ministry. Our girls were still very young, we were pastoring our first church, and we were at our wits end with the challenges of life. One night I dreamt that Father God came and began singing over us and other individuals in our church family. I woke up singing “I delight in you” and later shared it in a spontaneous time of worship at church that morning. The song changed me, how I dealt with the hard things life was throwing at us, and how I saw God in it all.

The Spirit Way – soon after we moved to Williams Lake, BC, living in such close proximity to 13 different Indian bands, the Lord began to remind me of the stories of native ancestry in my family. It was an identity that I had always held dear to my heart, but never had a place to express. The Lord began to speak to me, asking me to pull that hidden part of me out and to the forefront. I then had a vision of a friendship dance (didn’t even know what one was at the time, I was so green!) and saw different nations of people dancing around one fire. This song came out of that experience, and was also greatly influenced by Richard Twiss’ wonderful book, “One Church, Many Tribes”.
You Are – this song woke me up one morning at 4 am, waiting to be written! We threw in a little native chanting and some Hebrew names for God in celebration of the One who made us all.

I Will Remember – straight out of the Bible, this song came yet another early Sunday morning, a kind of prophetic leading into a tremendous time of soaking in the love of God, our Father and Creator.

Heal The Land – I started this as a worship song, wanting to include both Hebrew, western and aboriginal names for God. During the recording of it, I felt led to read out of Romans 8 and the song took off into an intercessory track I had never dreamed of. The realization that all of creation, the land itself, is groaning, waiting for us, the children of God, to take our rightful place in the Kingdom of God, shook me to the core and has forever done a paradigm shift in my thinking.

Beatitudes – many sermons have been written on this passage out of Matthew 5, and this song came for me out of a time of fasting and prayer. My favorite two lines are “blessed are the poor, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven” and “blessed are those who are meek, they will inherit the whole earth”. There is a truth that in our poverty and humility we are able to see the Creator break in to our circumstances and create something of beauty that we could never achieve for ourselves, by our own devices. I have also found that the poor have much to give the world in faith, hope and love – and are often the most generous of givers.

And The Kingdom Comes – Written straight out of Isaiah 61 and the words of Jesus, when I recorded this song, it was with the thought that the First Peoples of North America are a people who are strong, who have survived much and who have much to teach. I believe it is the heart of God to send them to the nations.

No High Like The Most High – by far the most fun to record, this wonderful song came from a friend in Mackenzie, BC who lent it to me for this project. I heard it sung in some of the reserves north of there and knew I had to get my hands on it. It reminds us to laugh at ourselves and to know that the love of God can conquer anything, even our greatest addictions and pain. It’s also my Tennessee relatives’ favorite song on the album!

Celebrate Life – written for the city of Williams Lake, this song was originally for a dance at the BC Winter Games that city hosted one year. We lost the master copy but went ahead and used the rough cut as we didn’t think we could recapture the energy of the original fiddle and guitar.

Blessed Are The People – a kind of southern rock style worship song, this comes out of Psalm 89 and will get you grooving in a kind of down home Alabama way.

Do Not Gloat – another Scripture song, this was written when a friend of mine wanted to find a way to remember an especially poignant message shared in our church by David Damien of Watchmen for the Nations. I prayed about how to recapture it in song, and the melody and chorus kind of landed on me in a few short minutes. I love what my producer, Malcolm Petch did with the choral arrangement – I get goose bumps whenever I hear it.

Amazing Grace – from country to Native American sounds, this one was recorded in memory of all the good times we had in the sharing circle with our dear friends, Chuck and Julia, Willie and Lisa, Karen and Karen and others at The Sky is Clearing gatherings.

Spread Your Wings and Fly – while gathered around the piano in a friend’s living room, this song came spontaneously as a few of us prayed for a dear friend. I am so amazed at a Creator God who sings over us!

Hope you enjoy these songs! Please feel free to contact me or visit my website, www.beckythomas.com.

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amy Macleod

I delight in you.
When I first started listening to Becky Thomas' songs I thoroughly enjoyed them. I did not tire of them as there is so much variety, even the ones I least enjoyed have realy grown on me.
Best of all as they sank deep into my soul they have healed and brought peace, to parts I didn't know needed healing. So I want to pass on her gift to others I know who need encouraging.
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