After raising $10,000 in one month through Kickstarter, Haley Fry released her self-titled worship EP in January. Once you talk to her, you understand why this project was such a hit. Haley leads worship at her local church in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Cody Fry, a fellow musician.
Q: How did this project begin?
Haley: "I've been writing for a really long time, but I had never done anything with my songs. This project was an act of obedience. I felt like the Lord was telling me, 'Haley, you're never going to feel ready to do something like this.' Stepping out and knowing that even though I don’t feel prepared, God goes before me."
Q: What is your songwriting process like?
Haley: "I’ve never just sat down and said 'I’m going to write a song today.' They have always come from Scripture. There is no formula for that. I wait until God speaks those truths over me."
Q: Why did you want to share these songs?
Haley: "It’s so crucial to constantly be speaking the truth of Scripture over our lives. A lot of times if we’re going through a tough season that’s the last thing we want to do. We don't have the strength to speak truth into our hearts. And sometimes it is a whole lot easier to sing those truths than it is to say them."
"We don't have the strength to speak truth into our hearts. And sometimes it is a whole lot easier to sing those truths than it is to say them."
Q: When did you discover your love for music?
Haley: "When I was 5, my dad told me that I needed to learn how to play an instrument. I picked the violin and played from 5 to 13. Then I got burned out and decided guitar seemed cool. The worship pastor of my youth group was the one who threw me up on stage and said, 'You have this gift, and I want you to use it.' I was scared out of mind for probably the first 6 months I led worship. But you know, that’s how it is when you’re doing something new."
Q: How has music influenced your marriage?
Haley: "Music has always been huge for both Cody and I, and is definitely a big part of our marriage. That’s the common ground our relationship was built on initially.
We decided that I was going to have someone produce my record so that he could be on my side. He has been such an amazing cheerleader. It took a lot of humility on his part to say I want to cheer you on in this, but I don’t want to be in charge of it. He is totally capable of doing that. He is immensely talented. He played keys all over my EP and made it sound amazing. And I really love getting to be part of his music as much as I can be. This was a really fun and wonderful experience for us."