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An Interview With the People Behind "I Will Wait"

Written by Corbin York

From left to right: Corbin York, Hannah Amelang, Grace Chontos, Sophia Leeper

The Intro:


Hannah, Grace, and Sophia are some of my favorite people. They are young individuals from different places all over the country that are passionately seeking the Lord's face, and in many ways we are running parallel races in our pursuits of God.


This song was written without the four of us having ever met in person, back in November of 2021. Over a facetime call this song took shape, and over the last year it has taken actual form. The Lord's hand in and on this song has been evident, and He has so faithfully helped us navigate the many obstacles that stood between us and the release.


I hope you enjoy a snippet of God's heart in each of these amazing individuals as they answer six questions about this new release!


The Interview:

Sophia Leeper

1.) What are five words you'd use to describe I Will Wait?


I would describe this song as a song that "draws you in", peaceful, original, inspiring, epic!


2.) This song strikes me as ____?

A song I can worship to--a reminder to wait on the Lord; it’s a love song to the Lord.

3.) What do you want listeners to walk away with after listening to I Will Wait?


I want listeners to walk away with a desire and urging to wait on the Lord and trust in Him, and that the song would create a place for that, as well as cultivate an atmosphere for entering into His presence.


4.) What is your favorite lyric? Why?


Its hard to choose!! Here are some of my favorite lyrics: "Just You and me" - I feel like this is a great reminder of the intimacy that we can have with the Lord. He has time and wants to be with us one on one and spend quality time with us. Also: "When it seems like you’re sleeping / I won’t care for the waves" - something about this lyric just gets me. He’s with us in the ups and the downs, over the mountains and in the valleys.


5.) How has the Lord ministered to you through I Will Wait?


I Will Wait was written in a season of my life where I was waiting for the things the Lord had in store for me. Honestly I’m still waiting for things, but this song is a great reminder to wait on the Lord, and to spend time with Him and be with Him.


6.) What is one scripture that inspired you in the writing of this song?


A verse that I think of when considering this song is: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.


Grace Chontos

1.) What are five words you'd use to describe I Will Wait?


I would describe I Will Wait as relatable, honest, declarative, surrender[ed], and intimate.


2.) This song strikes me as ____? This song really strikes me as an anthem. It reminds me of David’s Psalms. He was honest about his circumstances and yet always resolved with the truth of who God is and what He says. He chose to stand on that truth.


3.) What do you want listeners to walk away with after listening to I Will Wait?


I would want people to be able to walk away with two things. First, a greater revelation that the very best option in life is to come sit at God’s feet and find every need in Him alone. Second, I would want them to walk away with a song of truth they can hold onto and sing when those difficult seasons come.


4.) What is your favorite lyric? Why?


My favorite lyric is “I'll find your feet like Mary / I will be faithful and stay / Tuning my ears to heaven / choosing to hear all you say.” I love this for two reasons. First, It’s a reminder that listening is a choice. We’re not automatically going to sit still and listen; It’s an action we must choose. Second, Mary is such a beautiful example of choosing God even when it’s costly. She chose Him even when people judged her and it was against social norms. We can follow her example and have a resolve that says, “No, I’m going to wait and be still no matter what it costs me.”


5.) How has the Lord ministered to you through I Will Wait?

The Lord has used this song to minister to me personally. In this season of life He has told me to wait and be still which has been really hard. He’s used this song to give me language in my time with the Lord to say, “No, I’m going to choose to sit at God’s feet because it is the very best thing. I know it is.” Even when it is difficult, confusing, or uncomfortable, I am going to choose Him because He is the best thing.


6.) What is one scripture that inspired you in the writing of this song?


A passage that comes to mind when I think of this song is Psalm 62 verses one and two. It says, “For God alone my soul waits in silence. From Him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation; my fortress. I shall not be greatly shaken.” This again is emphasizing that waiting on the Lord is where we rest secure. It’s in the posture of waiting before Him that we are not shaken.


Hannah Amelang

1.) What are five words you'd use to describe I Will Wait?


Powerful, different, intentional, obedient, and declarative.


2.) This song strikes me as ____? Set apart and moving. I Will Wait really feels like a stand-alone, impactful song that will hopefully inspire people to get alone with God.


3.) What do you want listeners to walk away with after listening to I Will Wait?


I think a big hope for us is that this song will encourage and inspire people to put aside to-do lists, “priorities,” and phones, and just sit and sacrifice a little more of our precious time for the Lord.


4.) What is your favorite lyric? Why?


“I’ll find Your feet like Mary / I will be faithful and stay.” I love how declarative this lyric is. I think sometimes we forget that we can choose to sit at His feet, regardless of how “busy” we are.


5.) How has the Lord ministered to you through I Will Wait?

Oh gosh, this song highlighted for me that more often than not, I tend to take God’s time for granted. It reminds me of how sweet my time alone with God is, and it sparks a desire for me to be with Him in solitude more.


6.) What is one scripture that inspired you in the writing of this song?


"You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance." Psalm 32:7


Corbin York

1.) What are five words you'd use to describe I Will Wait?


If I had to describe I Will Wait with five words I would say it's intimate, it's intricate, it's honest, it's passionate, [and] it's climactic.


2.) This song strikes me as ____? This song strikes me as a song that manages to be huge, and yet small at the same time. Its message is also its function, and as I've listened to the song (outside of doing the production) I'm stricken by the way it not only calls people to wait on the Lord--to wait with the Lord--but also makes a space to do that in its function through the long instrumentals and varying dynamic moments.


3.) What do you want listeners to walk away with after listening to I Will Wait?


I want listeners to be able to actually wait and pray to this song; that they would feel pressed into by this invitation the Lord has extended to meet with Him in the secret place; and that once they get to that place, they would take time to listen to His voice. I want them to walk into an encounter with the Living God and away from it impressed and transformed by His likeness.


4.) What is your favorite lyric? Why?


My favorite lyric in I Will Wait is one of the concluding lines of the second bridge, which reads, "When it seems like you're sleeping / I won't care for the waves," but because Sophia beat me to it I'll put forth my close-second, which is the line in the chorus that says "[I] can sit and just be." This is one of my favorite lyrics because I am well acquainted with the hopeless endeavor of trying to present myself to the Lord as someone who's "put together", or "worthy of love"; I am always forced to slow down by His sweet reminder that He's looking for my attention, and that He's chosen to be satisfied with that in the moment. It reminds me I can stop running around and can come sit and just be.


5.) How has the Lord ministered to you through I Will Wait?

The Lord has reminded me that He is in the waiting through this song. Somehow, He can wait both for and with us. He has used its lyrics and its instrumental to slow me down, to help me recognize His presence in the details, and to seek a lifestyle that brings the intimacy and encounter of the secret place into everything I'm doing.


6.) What is one scripture that inspired you in the writing of this song?


A scripture that inspired me--and us all--in the writing of the song is from Mark 1:35 where Mark recounts, after a night packed with ministry to the demon possessed and sick, "rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, [Jesus] departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed." Jesus both knew and modeled the importance of getting alone with God, especially in the midst of busyness and the sheer volume of demands on His time. He still sought fellowship alone with the Lord first, and this "prayer on the mountain" experience provided one of the main inspirations for this project as a whole.

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cheryl
2023년 2월 11일

Love the way God’s

creative gifts have woven together a beautiful tapestry of love and sweet peace through each of you. Thanks for sharing the story!! May God bless this song and all

the others and many more!!!

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Corbin York
Corbin York
2023년 2월 11일
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Thank you Cheryl! God’s faithfulness & kindness are so overwhelmingly abundant, and the evidence of His goodness is everywhere amidst our lives.

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