Listen: Sam Robinson chats to Emma Mullings on Fresh about her debut single ‘Skinny Roads’.
Hope 103.2’s own Emma Mullings has debuted at #1 on the itunes inspirational chart with her single Skinny Roads, released today.
The song, a pop-rock track about following God’s call, is the first she’s recorded since her recommitment to Christian faith 13 years ago.
Emma, who is also an actor, model, TV host and on-air presenter at Hope 103.2, was already emerging as a promising recording artist in her early 20s. But a change in direction at the time, including a return to the faith of her childhood, led her away from the recording industry for more than a decade.
Then last year, a series of promptings led her to sit down at the keyboard and start writing again.
“God invaded my world with prophetic words, dreams and visions all centred around ‘it’s time to sing and write again’,” she said. “This came at the same time as I was starting a full time role in radio, and managing full time work with kids. All I could give was a night a fortnight. But God works with whatever we give him!”
Music And Worship A Childhood Dream
Watch: The ‘Skinny Roads’ music video.
Emma’s dream to write and record first began as a young child, when she watched her mother – also a recording artist – lead thousands in worship. She says the dream to do the same has stayed with her throughout her life.
“It’s the heritage my mum birthed for me before she died at 37 years old.”
“It’s the heritage my mum birthed for me before she died at 37 years old,” Emma wrote in her blog. “Worship is the saving grace that has saved me time and time again. There are many times I should have died. Worship is the force that rose from my soul as I counted down the seconds to take my life. The call to worship is never ceasing.”
Emma wrote the beginnings of Skinny Roads from her keyboard, in short windows of time grabbed late on Thursday nights throughout 2015. It chronicles how God has spoken to her and her husband Terrence about planting a church in Miami—an idea they’re currently exploring by taking a church planting course in the USA.
She then worked with a co-writer and producer on perfecting it, and chose the song as the first release from her Christian pop/worship EP that will hit later this year.
A Desire To Lead People To Their Creator
Emma said her dream is that her songs lead people to lift their hearts to God.
“The purpose and the vision of the whole EP is to connect people back to their creator, to remind them of HIS love for them, of HIS purpose for their life,” she said.
In a post on her blog titled Dreaming Again Emma describes the moment she realised God was calling her to use her experiences to help others.
“I have been made imminently aware that my radical restoration is not just for me,” she writes. “It’s for you. It’s for every woman who has been abused, used, broken, stood before God and questioned why? I have been healed to help others heal.”
In it’s first week on Christian radio, Skinny Roads was the most-added song Australia wide.
After its release today It climbed rapidly to #1 on the itunes chart, ahead of songs by Chris Tomlin, Newsboys, Hillsong United, Bethel Music and Hillsong Young & Free.
Skinny Roads is now available on itunes.