Alisa, I wanted to talk about ‘My prayer for you’, one of the first tracks you released before your more recent album ‘Miracle or Not’, can you tell us a bit about this song?
Alisa: This song is the single of the EP and it’s interesting, this is the only song I didn’t write, although I really feel like it was written with me in mind.
So after a few months of begging they let me take it and it really is such an honour to carry that song. The first line of the chorus is ‘May God give you eyes to see that He’s still greater’. I’m thankful I get to sing that over people. It’s such a reminder to me through the seasons I’ve been through and what’s to come, that those things that can get quite overwhelming, and that God is still greater than all of it. And He’s not great for the sake of being great, He extends that greatness to us and He’s going to walk us through it. He’s not a distant God, He’s so ever close.
Can we go back, where did music begin for you?
Alisa: Music began at a pretty young age. My Dad was a worship pastor, he loved the Lord, he loved people and he loved music, so my childhood was just surrounded constantly with music. You know, in the car, of course worship in our church… it was just such an integral part of my childhood. I learned to harmonise with my dad at a young age and started taking piano lessons and that kind of created space for me to learn how to be creative and how to start making up stuff on the piano, which is where my song writing took off.
The first line of the chorus is ‘May God give you eyes to see that he’s still greater’. I’m thankful I get to sing that over people. It’s such a reminder to me through the seasons I’ve been through and what’s to come… that God is still greater than all of it.
Alisa: So Lyme disease typically comes from a tick bite. At some point, we really don’t know when, I got a tick bite and typically with Lyme disease if you catch it early, it’s really treatable. It’s maybe two weeks of an antibiotic treatment but if you catch it late, like me, it’s almost a completely different kind of disease. The bacteria grows and grows and grows in your body and because I had never seen the tick bite, Doctors never thought to check for it. So throughout the whole span of my twenty’s I was growing sicker and sicker. At this point I was out on the road, doing music, playing shows, and I was doing something I really loved so even though I was getting really sick, I really fought to stay out on the road. You know, music and meeting people and sharing stories, it was so life giving to me so I stayed out on the road until the symptoms got so bad, the fatigue and the pain.
Thank you so much for sharing your story and your heart, we have loved hearing about your music, and your faith and strength through it all, and I know many of our listeners will be praying for you as you continue to battle on with Lyme disease.