There’s a new voice on Christian radio. Natasha Owens has toured with Jason Crabb and shared the stage with Michael W. Smith and Sanctus Real. Last month she released her second national recording project, No One But You, which was produced by acclaimed Nashville music man Ed Cash.
Interestingly, this powerful vocalist might not be blessing the world with her songs today if not for a difficult detour four years ago. Natasha’s story illustrates how God can indeed create beauty from ashes. Her testimony speaks boldly of restoration.
Natasha lives in the Dallas area with her husband and two sons.
When did you know you wanted to make music your life?
I grew up with a musical family and have always loved music. Growing up, I sang in choirs and on praise teams. I was very close to my father and he suddenly died five years ago. It was through the process of my recovery that God opened up several doors that caused me to know I needed to take the music to the next level.
Sometimes God sends us down a path we wouldn’t have chosen, but it serves to teach and bless us more than our original plan. Have you ever experienced such a “Divine Detour”?
I was content with my life, being a business owner and a mother. When my dad died I spiraled into depression. I was so angry with God and the words that I spoke caused me to feel all alone. In the middle of the depression, my pastor asked me to be the music minister. I said no at first because I didn’t feel I had anything to give. But God gave me a way out exactly when I needed it. I took the position and while I was ministering to others God was healing me in return. God opened up an opportunity to record an album.
Looking back on it, I never dreamed of where He would take my ministry. The doors that He has opened had been so much greater that I could have ever done for myself. His plan was so much bigger than my dreams for myself.
Let’s talk about your new EP, No One But You (August 2015). Please tell us about it.
My first project, I Made It Through, contained songs of the beginning of a trial to making it through. But God doesn’t want us to just survive, He wants us to thrive. We can’t just stop at making it through. Our true calling in life is to rise above and help someone else. So No One But You is centered around rising above.
How much of the project did you write? What impact do you most hope it will have on those who hear it?
For I Made It Through, I wrote four out of the five the songs on the EP. The message of the songs is to bring encouragement for those going through any trials in their lives and the strength to get through and rise above them.[ctt title=”God doesn’t want us to just survive, He wants us to thrive.” tweet=”God doesn’t want us to just survive, He wants us to thrive. ~ @tashaowensmusic http://ctt.ec/z319F+” coverup=”z319F”]
A few fun questions…
What is your favorite comfort food and why?
Fried chicken and turnip greens. They remind me of my great-grandmother in Louisiana. She would make turnip greens from the garden behind her house.
What’s the name of the last GREAT book you’ve read?
Why God Why? by Karen Jensen
In the story that is your life, are you the strong, female lead; the girl next door; the mysterious woman behind dark glasses; the super heroine; or the little girl trying to walk in high heels?
The strong female lead
I’m a dog lover. Please tell us about your pets, if any, or your favorite pet as a child.
I have three dogs now. A fox terrier and two English bulldogs. The fox terrier’s name is Peanut, with Bailey Amanda being the oldest English bulldog, and the new bulldog puppy is named Tucker. So far, Bailey is the dog love of my life, as we have a special bond. My dad went to Mississippi State so that’s the reason our family decided on an English bulldog. It’s the best breed I have ever owned.
Thank you, Natasha! It’s a pleasure to have you as a guest at DivineDetour.
~ ~ ~
For more information about Natasha, visit her website or Facebook page.
To purchase No One But You, log on to Natasha’s website store or the following retail sites: