The Journey (so far)…
When you sit down with singer-songwriter Caleb Lewis a couple of things are immediately clear: he’s enjoying his music-making journey, but it’s about a lot more than just music.
As he states, he, his wife Kyra and the rest of their band are on a mission to “have as much fun as possible,” making music that doesn’t only provide an enjoyable listening experience, but celebrates hope and joy in a way that overflows from the soundwaves into the real lives of his listeners.
“You know, I just think we have more than enough voices in life telling us all the reasons it won’t be ok,” explains Lewis. “I want our music to be the voice cutting through the noise. I want to create music that helps you discover a true hope for tomorrow. Music that celebrates the beauty and joy of today. Music that’s genuinely fun to listen to…and leaves you feeling stronger and ready to charge into life.”
“I want our music to be what you reach for when you’re feeling at your lowest, because it gets you back up. It inspires you to hope again. And I want our music to be what you reach for when you’re at your best, because it’s fun to celebrate the beauty of life.”
The Birth of It’s Alright
This concept of joy in the present and hope for the future certainly permeates Lewis’ latest single It’s Alright, a significant release in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The track marks Lewis’ first collaboration with producer Rob Amoruso (Jakubi/Capitol Records/Universal Music) who connected deeply with the track and its anthem of “going to the other side.”
Lewis highlights the significant role Amoruso played in the process, as he “didn’t only connect musically with the song, but he got the heartbeat. And when you can connect with what’s underneath the music it’s powerful. I’m forever grateful we were connected with Rob and for the amazing part he played in making this track something that can be so meaningful to so many people.”
What eventuated from the collaboration is a track that is emotive and real, soaring into a hope-fuelled anthem, uniting communities in the face of a global storm.
Lewis describes the journey of writing the song as “coming from a really challenging season” of his life, as he battled undiagnosed physical issues just months after getting married. But now he relishes the opportunity to share the hope he discovered with the broader community.
“They say that songs can gain greater meaning simply through the passing of time. And that certainly feels true of this track,” Lewis describes. “The thing about this song was that it came out of a really hard time. But the song isn’t about the battle. It’s about the hope of a brighter tomorrow. It’s about the courage to charge into the day, looking ahead to the bright horizon. It’s about discovering the peace to rest today, even if it seems chaotic.”
“I was looking at everything going on in our communities and right around the world, and I couldn’t think of a message I’d rather share than this track. I’d written this song for myself. It was my personal cry of hope in my own little storm. But my personal cry had now become our united anthem in the face of a global storm.”
HOPE AS AN ANCHOR
Core to Lewis’ music and life is his faith, and he doesn’t undersell its significance in his journey.
“You know for me the key with this stuff is that it’s real. It’s all fine for me to say ‘hey don’t worry about the storm, tomorrow will be better’ – but if I don’t give you something real, something solid to actually hold to then it’s all a bit pointless.”
“The Bible talks about God’s hope being like an anchor for our souls – and that couldn’t be more true for my life. Waves have come, storms have come, but He has never failed. His promises have literally been my anchor – and it’s that genuine hope for the bright future He has for me that gives me a song to sing.”
This concept has become a foundation for Lewis’ music and is represented in his logo depicting the guitar and anchor – symbolising the hope he shares through his music.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
As for what the future holds, Lewis doesn’t know exactly how it looks, but he knows there are bright things on the horizon.
“I’m excited to see It’s Alright reach as far and wide as it can. I’m excited for people to connect with the heart and hope of the song. We’re also in the process of finalising a full-length studio album around the concept of Future is Bright, so I’m excited to see that come together, and see people connect with that in a new way.”
“Kyra and I are also about to have our first baby, so we’re pretty excited about that too!”
It’s certainly an exciting season as Lewis and his team charge ahead, enjoying the journey and seeing their music reach far and wide. And whilst the journey may not yet be entirely clear, one thing would seem certain…the future is bright.