I absolutely love performing this song for people because it seems to resonate the most with everyone. Whether you are the strongest of faith or feeling a bit weak, this song is a reminder of why we go through life. When watching the news, my heart breaks from all the tragedy. The world is literally broken and only Christ can hold it together. As I walk through hardships, I easily get caught in my own ways. I struggle with feeling that no one understands and no one cares. In Jr. High, I was this dorky 4-eyed acne girl who no one really wanted to be associated with. I clearly remember one of the popular guys being assigned to sit next to me and his comment was that he would prefer to sit next to anyone else but me. I didn’t understand how people could be this cruel. I was only 11 years old. I was blessed with an incredible family to love and support me, but I felt like school was a prison. I came home running to my room in tears because I felt so alone. My mom would come and comfort me and remind me that it does not matter what others think of me. The only opinion that mattered was what God thinks of me. While I know this to be true, I couldn’t help but feel hurt. Every time I tried to put these thoughts out of my head they just flooded back in. As I grew up and matured, I found myself in Christ. I realized that only God could understand what I was going through. Only God could help me feel surrounded by love. So many times we try to take life in our own hands, but this whole life is about honoring Christ. The Lord has put a plan in place for our life and we need to give our doubts, hurts, and worries to Him. This song is a constant reminder that God is always by our side. He will always be our guide and help us find our way. I hope and pray that this song will be that reminder to you and that you will find love through Christ.
I am so excited to tell you all about how this song came about. “Eyes Wide Open” was literally something that God created in seconds. One of the biggest struggles in my life, and I know it is for many, is fear. I say that I know in my heart God is in control and He is the protector, but then I let thoughts of fear rush in my head. I worry when there is a storm. I worry if I am going to fail a test. I worry about my future. I worry about death. These things terrify me and for most of my life I let it control me. Many times I would go into my room and cry because I was unknowing and assumed that tragedy was going to occur. Everyone around me and in my life thought I was one of the strongest followers of Christ, but yet I lacked so much faith. It is one thing to say I know God is going to protect me, but when time starts ticking away, I let my mind be consumed by the world and not of God. Psalm 4:3 shook me up and has forever changed my life. The verse says, “ I will lie down and rest in peace for you alone oh Lord make me dwell in safety.” When I read this I cannot even explain the feeling that came over me. I learned that day that peace is all I need to remember because God is on the front line fighting my battle. I was afraid of a storm, yet God calms the storms with His hands. I was afraid of my unknown future, yet God proclaims He knows our prosperous plans. I was afraid of death, yet God sent His Son to die in my place. All of this was evidence of the power and protection of my great God. I was headed to Nashville to record my album a day after I wrote this song so it wasn’t planned to be on the album. I got there and I loved recording my other songs, but I told my producer we had to do this song. The lyrics you listen to in this song come from my heart. This song tells a story about my life more than any others do. As you listen to “Eyes Wide Open” I hope that it will not only show you who I am, but that it will inspire you to lie in peace.
I am so excited to talk about this song because it has a pretty funny story behind it. The very first day I met with my producer, Billy Smiley, he told me to bring all the music I had been working on. I had this song I was working on that talked about being in a relationship built off of a godly foundation. I thought it was “rock solid”. (I hope you got that joke lol) Anyway, we started working on it, and with any songwriting session, you must constantly change lyrics to fit. It’s like a puzzle! I happened to mention something about lifting a candle up and suddenly my producer was determined that we had to make this a wedding song. I must remind you that I was 18 years old and knew nothing about a wedding besides the ones I attended. I tried to convince my producer that no one was going to want to hear a wedding song from a young girl. How was this relatable? I decided to push past my reservations and put my whole heart into it. I absolutely love the result of this song! I love getting to see the impact it makes at weddings and the excitement that builds up to it. Marriage is a gift from God and it is something to be treasured. I hope that anyone in this season now or whenever you are to this point in your life, that you will cherish the moments and realize that they will last forever in your heart.
So excited to announce a new song written by Mia. While this song hasn’t been officially recorded, it is copyrighted to Mia Sunshine. The song is called “Distant Memories”. Here is the back story of this newly written song. I love listening to my friends’ lives and taking struggles and exciting things that they go through to create something relatable to all. This song talks about a girl finding what she thought was love. This girl and guy met one summer and things just felt right. They both lived on opposite sides of the United States. As soon as they were back in their state, the guy did not respond to the girl and she was heartbroken, feeling like she gave her whole heart to a guy who was just playing on her emotions. This song talks about how this girl realizes that he is not the guy for her but it doesn’t change how she feels. All she can do is remember everything they had together. Later on in the song it talks about how the girl is still holding on to the possibility of being with this guy one day. It’s too hard to say goodbye. My advice to my friend and all of you who have gone through this is be patient and wait on the Lord. Our hearts can be filled with what we think is right and suppose to happen in our life, but Jeremiah 29:11 states that God knows the plans for our life and they are greater than what we could ever make or imagine. While it may be hard waiting for that right guy, try to push out what you think is right so you don’t miss out on God’s great plan. That is the story of this song and I really hope you enjoy it. I would love to hear your thoughts on this song and my band and I are super excited about getting in the studio to record it!