When singer/songwriter V. Rose was only 8 years old, she prayed a few earnest words that ended up forever shaping her life—and future ministry.
No Better U
IN HER OWN WORDS
My hope is that this record will cause people to see their lives in relation to eternity, to stop and think about the things they say and do, and ultimately realize the realness of Christ and His return. The album is based on Revelation 21. The chapter talks about Heaven and eternity with God and how there will be no more tears, death and crying because He is making everything new. We will all spend eternity somewhere and what we do in this life does count for something, so don't throw it away believing the “YOLO” lies. Everybody lives twice. It is important for me to communicate this message because I know young minds are so easily persuaded by things that look harmless, but are actually very dangerous. If I can be any kind of light or role model to combat the attractive— but damaging—messages being shoved in people's faces, then I will.
FLAME, Da T.R.U.T.H., Shonlock and KJ-52 each brought something fun and new to the album. FLAME’s lyrics always challenge you to be better; Da T.R.U.T.H. is featured on a worship song, which complements his style very well; Shonlock’s voice completely takes hold and makes you stop and listen; and KJ-52 knows exactly what to do with a party song, so he really gets my music! Overall these artists helped make the album diverse in sound, plus it always helps to have people standing behind you when you are standing up for something. Reinforcement!
FLAME and his wife, Crystal, have been tremendous mentors in both my life and music. From day one I knew they were going to be my new family! I am very careful who I trust and I knew instantly they were people I could trust and learn from—people I can ask any question. They are so gracious about everything, there's never a moment when I feel like I have let them down, and even if I have, they walk in love. I would say I've grown light years in the stage arena, learning from FLAME about how to engage your audience and how pointing people to Jesus is the ultimate goal of it all. However, I know most of all I have grown spiritually from this mentorship. I've been faced with questions I've never thought about, things I never knew, and because of it, my relationship with God has become stronger than ever. I'm really grateful to know such wonderful people.
Am I Trending? (Feat. FLAME) This song absolutely comes from within. I feel so much pressure being in the spotlight. People say things about you that get in your head and can either make you feel great or make you hate yourself. It's so easy to become obsessed with what other people think of you. ''How many likes do I have on my Instagram? If I get more than this person I must be better.” These are the kinds of thoughts that no doubt easily corrupt our minds. I wanted to call attention to it in this song to show how silly it is when you say out loud what you are thinking. It's so important to keep each other accountable.
This song is very special to me. I think about the girls who comment on my social media, who are always telling me how beautiful they think I am and how they wish they could be like me. This is my personal message back to all of them. I feel like hiding out underneath my hoodie some days; I feel horrible about how I look and insecure about everything, just like they do. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we wish we looked like because we see someone else we think is perfect. I know the feeling, trust me. But that's when we have to stop and remember that we are not average; we are fearfully and wonderfully made. It was a beautiful realization for me to understand that no one in the entire world could be better at being me than I could. No one can be a better you!
No Better U