Questions answered by lead singer Luke Caldwell
Since your debut album release in 2010, what has your journey been like as a band?
Honestly it has been amazing! There is nothing better than serving our Creator. I know that can sound cliché, but really, to have the honor to lead people into Gods presence and serve Him each and everyday through our lives and through the songs He has put in our hearts is truly a blessing. Our desire for Esterlyn has always been to allow God to be the head of this band. It has never been about building the brand, money or prestige. At the end of the day none of that matters and it’s a empty pit. There is so much freedom in simply waking up each day with a smile knowing this is where God has us today…what we can do to love others and serve the people in our path. So thankful for the journey He has us on.
What sorts of things are you anticipating with the release of your latest album, Woven?
This album really has been an offering to the Lord. Our prayer was first and foremost that it would please Him. As we crafted the songs music and lyrics our desire was to honor the One that we worship with our lives.
Secondly we continue to pray that whoever does listen to these songs or leads them in congregations that they will ultimately lead people to our Savior. That Gods name would be lifted on high. This albums purpose is truly to remind us and renew us in our Gods great love!
What is the meaning behind your album title, Woven?
Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” God has created us as individuals He has put time and effort into every part of His creation. Just like when we as a band write a song we think about it and we craft it to have a purpose and to have an end result, and ultimately to accomplish something. The same is true with God. He really does have a specific plan and purpose for every single life that He has made. We meet a lot of people night after night as we travel. Many who we pray for tell us how they just don’t understand what God is doing in their life. They feel they lack direction or simply are discouraged. I believe this verse gives us hope to know that God is weaving a plan for His glory. I often think about Joseph. Take a moment to put yourself into his world and how he must have felt when his brothers sold him and when he was wrongly accused and thrown into jail, how discouraging! How easy would it be to say ‘God do you care about me?’ Do you even love me? What is going on with my life? God had a plan! God made it all work together for good for His glory and for His purpose. The same is true with you and I. You can look at the back of a tapestry and it might look like a big mess but when you turn it around we can see that the artist is crafting something beautiful. What a hope we have in allowing God to be the one to make beauty out of our lives.
Your music is not traditional congregational music, but is adaptable to be used in that setting. What is your main focus or goal for the music that you write? Is its use in the church one of them?
I think our main focus is that when people listen to these songs whether it be in their quiet time or in a church setting that ultimately it would draw them to God. The songs can definitely be used in a variety of ways. Our label has sent them to radio and that has been having a lot of success and I know there are a lot of churches that have added many of the songs into their worship services. I wrote all of the songs first with just my guitar so they can all be simplified and fairly easy to sing and play.
When you are writing, what do you keep in mind in terms of its worship leading purposes? What are the most important aspects a songwriter writing songs for worship should remember and practice?
First and foremost does the song lead me into the presence of God? Is my heart drawn to the character and nature of my Savior. Personally I like to use a lot of scripture when I write worship songs. The Bible is inspired and written by the Holy Spirit. We are told to worship in Spirit and Truth. To me thats God’s word. As I reflect or remember or proclaim God’s truth through songs I am built up spiritually and renewed in the inner man. That’s why I think it is so important to always be singing a new song to the Lord. I think as a worship leader it is important to be in Gods word and to be in prayer and fellowship with God. The best songs I have ever written come when I am seeking His face, not “trying” to write a worship song.
Something unique about your album is that you have instrumental “selah” moments that provide verses to meditate over in the lyric booklet. How do you communicate worship instrumentally, without words?
Music is powerful. Sometimes we write pieces musically that don’t necessarily fit in a song setting but we really love the feel and the presence that it creates. That is where those songs were birthed out of.
Shawn wrote both of the musical interludes and really wrote those as a form of worship and an offering to the Lord.
Is there a particular song on the album that you believe encapsulates the vision you had for Woven? What is the story behind this song?
The overall theme was to illuminate God’s character and nature. A lot of times in my life I can easily forget who God is and what His Kingdom represents in my personal life on a daily basis. We really desired to identify some of the key aspects of God’s name. The majority of the songs are proclaiming who God is and what He does. For us to continue to meditate on those truths it deeply builds our faith in God and His purpose for our existence. If I had to nail it down to one song I would probably pick the simplest one. I am a simple person and “You Are The Way” really speaks to me. The lyrics are this
You are the Way
You are the Truth
You are the Life
I will worship You
Super simple but more profound then I will ever be able to truly grasp.
What is in store for you and your band in the near future?
Well as a band we are continuing to tour the country full-time leading worship at conferences, camps and church services sharing what God has put in our hearts. Our desire is to serve the church- to encourage, exhort, and serve wherever God leads us. On a personal level my wife and I are adopting a little boy from China this summer.. We are so excited to bring him into our family. You can read his story at www.beautyfromtheashes.com
Thanks for letting us share our hearts and hopefully you get a chance to listen to the songs. We pray that God uses them in your life to reveal Himself and His love for you.
We love you,
Luke, Shawn, and Myca
2 Chronicles 16:9