After taking a two year hiatus from recording and performing in order to focus on her family, Rebecca St. James is back on the stage for the first time. A few days ago, while her brothers, members of contemporary Christian rock duo for KING & COUNTRY, were recently performing at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in South California, St. James took the stage to sing with her brothers.
Together St. James and for KING & COUNTRY performed the moving ballad "Without You," a song that was lifted up from the brothers' latest album "Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong." The powerful story behind "Without You" comes from Luke Smallbone's severe illness last year, which progressed to the point where he and his wife didn't know if he was going to make it through.
St. James rose to fame in the late 1990s with her RIAA certified Gold albums God and Pray, the latter of which won a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Rock Gospel Album. The albums spawned multiple singles, including "God", "Pray", and "Yes, I Believe in God". Since then she has established herself as one of the most prominent musical artists in Contemporary Christian music (CCM), with four additional full-length studio albums; Transform, Worship God, If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something, and I Will Praise You. Staple songs such as "Wait for Me", "Reborn", "Song of Love", "I Thank You", "Alive", and "Shine Your Glory Down", have all been derived from these releases. Since the beginning of her career, St. James has sold a total of two million albums.
Outside of her musical career, St. James is an accomplished author and actress. To date, she has released nine published books and starred in five films, a musical stage show, and a VeggieTales episode ("An Easter Carol"). Her ninth book, What Is He Thinking?, was released on 26 September 2011. She has starred in the films Unidentified, Sarah's Choice, Rising Stars, The Frontier Boys, and Suing the Devil. St. James is also an outspoken sexual abstinence and pro-life advocate, as well as a spokesperson for Compassion International.
You can watch the performance below:
(Video credit: Jessica Harb)