Since the release of her full-length solo debut, As Sure As the Sun, in 2014, singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb has been walking an unexpected path, one of suffering and loss but also peace and joy. She has come to the edge of the rushing river of confusion and experienced a God who made a way where there seemed to be no way.
And it is from that place—of finding God in the dark and unexpected—that Holcomb wrote and recorded Red Sea Road (Full Heart Music), which released January 2017.
Loss, disappointment, and fear of the unknown have marked Holcomb’s journey of grappling with and believing in God’s faithfulness. “It’s been a year in general of just aching with the people that we love and walking through a lot of brokenness,” says Holcomb. “A lot of life lived and lost.” But the suffering has created a collection of songs rich in lyrics, powerful in melody, and equal parts honest and hopeful.
Although music is a natural outpouring for Holcomb, and she has the accolades to back up her talent—As Sure As the Son landed her a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year and a nomination for Best Pop/Contemporary Album—this growing artist calls herself “a very reluctant musician.” Having had two kids since starting her last album, she knows the pull of creating and touring while also being a mom and a wife.
“I know this job often takes you away from home,” she says. “Even though I love this, I feel called to this, and I feel alive when I’m doing it, it’s still hard to leave my kids. At the end of the day, though, I just want to be faithful to the work God has called me into, whether that’s being a mom, writing a song, or traveling to perform.”
And that’s exactly what Red Sea Road turned out to be. Only, it’s not just an album helping Ellie Holcomb to believe. It’s an album that will sing light into the dark of anyone’s life who is listening. It will remind us all that Jesus is near and no matter what path feels impossible right now, He will make a way where there seems to be no way. Because unseen hope makes a red sea road.