Artist Ellie Holcomb: ‘Because Of Who Jesus Is, We Don’t Have To Live Out Of Fear’

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Artist Ellie Holcomb: ‘Because Of Who Jesus Is, We Don’t Have To Live Out Of Fear’

By Movieguide® Staff

Christian artist Ellie Holcomb wants her music to point people to the comfort and love found in the Gospel.

Amid political and generational divides, Holcomb hopes her music reflects Jesus and helps people find common ground.

“Politically, things are so divided. In the Church, things are so divided,” Holcomb, 39, told The Christian Post. “Jesus is the ultimate bridge builder. … Love always builds a bridge. And so what does it look like, even if I disagree with this person, to love them, and to listen and to find common ground, because we certainly all have it. I think there’s a longing for that and a stirring for that.

“I just want to pay attention and listen to what He’s doing, and then to lean in and build bridges to people … who don’t believe in God at all,” she continued. “What does it look like to build a bridge to somebody who’s on the total opposite end of the spectrum as I am? Who doesn’t see the world like I do? How do I love that neighbor?”

Ellie, who performs alongside her husband Drew in their band, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, are excited for their new album, “Coming Home: A Collection of Songs.”

The nine-track album features several genres highlighting themes like love and belonging. As the duo and their band prepare to tour their new album on the “You and Me” tour, Ellie reflected on how the pandemic resulted in spiritual growth.

“For a long time, I was in my husband’s band, and then I quit to be a stay-at-home mom and accidentally started another music career,” Holcomb shared. “So for six years, we didn’t tour together, whereas we had been in a car touring together every day of the year almost for eight years before that. … We were like, ‘We miss singing together. What if we did like a little tour, just the two of us back together again? And if we’re going to do that, we might as well write a couple of songs for it. And so we started writing together, just for songs to sing with each other.”

As the couple began writing together, Ellie experienced new spiritual insights.

“The Gospel became wider and higher and deeper and more wonderful and more colorful and more powerful for me, and I’m just so grateful. I have so much gratitude for that,” she added of her time during the pandemic. “Thankfully, because of who Jesus is, we don’t have to live out of fear. …[God] hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and a sound mind. So I’m like, ‘Okay, do everything in love. What does that look like? As I respond to this Instagram comment? I’m grateful for that and continue to be convicted over and over again.”

Despite her busy schedule, Ellie said that God is teaching her how to rest.

“I’m learning, even in my parenting, unlike part of resting looks like not trying to carry … all the things of ourselves, of our kids, of our families, extended families, neighbors, friends — and it’s been so beautiful for me,” Holcomb said.

She added: “My verse to go along with that ‘rest’ word is Matthew 11:28: ‘Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ In the moments where I feel overwhelmed as a mom, like I’m like, ‘Oh, Lord, I don’t know how to parent in this moment.’ I’m starting to ask Him for help. Which is sounds crazy. I know that I can do that. I just don’t do it. … It’s just been so beautiful. I’m so grateful for it.”