Tasha Layton on the ‘Surety’ of Her Christian Faith after Experimenting with Buddhism in College

One of many fastest-rising feminine artists in up to date Christian music is a singer who as soon as experimented with Buddhism and even toured with Katy Perry.

And now she’s climbing the charts with tunes concerning the transformative energy of Christ.

Tasha Layton’s tune How Far has risen to No. 25 on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart, barely one month after her first studio LP, additionally referred to as How Far, was launched. In December, her tune Look What You’ve got Accomplished landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Airplay listing. An earlier tune, Into the Sea (It is Gonna Be OK), rose to No. 9. 

“I feel each tune is a present from God,” Layton informed Christian Headlines.

Layton, 39, grew up in a Christian dwelling however walked away from the Church in faculty. At one level throughout these years, she even was suicidal.

“I majored in faith in faculty, however not Christianity and world religions. I studied mysticism in Europe for a few summers, I went to a Buddhist meditation camp. I might say I went fairly far down that street,” she informed Christian Headlines. “I used to be undecided that Jesus was the way in which. And I feel it took that in my religion to get me the place I’m at this time. … I feel the surety of my religion comes from that point that I searched.”

She toured the world “three or 4 occasions over” with mainstream artist Katy Perry, singing backup and – in her phrases – crossing “most issues off my bucket listing.”

“I obtained to journey the world on another person’s dime, however with out the stress of being the artist,” she mentioned.

She additionally was a contestant on Season 9 of American Idol.

Look What You’ve got Accomplished, she mentioned, is an affidavit to her life’s story. (It consists of the lyric, “How might you fall up to now? You need to be ashamed of your self. So I used to be ashamed of myself.”) The tune’s title is written as an exclamation of God’s energy.

“I actually needed to dig up the roots of the lies I believed in my life and let God exchange these lies with reality earlier than I felt freedom in my life,” she mentioned of the tune’s inspiration. “One among my favourite traces within the tune is, ‘I believed I used to be too damaged. However now I see you had been simply breaking new floor inside.’ I imply, there have been so many occasions that I used to be sitting in my automobile crying, ‘God, will I ever be at liberty? Will I ever really feel healed? And will you do it for me? I see you doing it for different individuals – why not me? That is what the gospel guarantees, however I am not feeling it. What is the situation?’ And in order that’s actually the place He met me, and helped me and helped me get some assist to dig up these roots and exchange the lies with reality.”

Her music, she mentioned, comes from the center.

“I simply attempt to be obedient and begin writing,” she mentioned. “… What got here out is what you hear on the radio. And so I actually simply adopted the thread of what was popping out. And I did not query it. I simply rolled with it and tried to reside open-handedly.”


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Photograph courtesy: Jason Davis Images for Ok-LOVE Fan Awards, used with permission.

Michael Foust has coated the intersection of religion and information for 20 years. His tales have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity At the moment, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chroniclethe Toronto Star and the Knoxville Information-Sentinel.

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