Our ability to create music isn’t rooted in our circumstances or our emotions, our gifts or our talents. We worship, not because of how we feel or what we’re going through; we worship because of who God is. He has proven faithful time and time again, and so we continually chose to seek Him—in joy and in pain—in every season. This truth is the guiding vision behind California-based band For All Seasons. Comprised of Emily Hamilton (lead vocals, guitars, keys), Johnny Hamilton (drums), Jeff Luckey (guitars, keys, vocals) and Randy Charlson (bass, guitars), For All Seasons desires to cultivate an atmosphere of hope through their new project Clarity, no matter what season of life listeners may find themselves enduring.
“In California, making a career out of music is such a foreign thing, especially being in Orange County. It’s not normal,” Jeff observes. Emily echoes his thoughts on West Coast culture. “Sometimes people think we’re trying to say we’re a church choir,” she says. “It has built up some resilience in us to just feel really independent and feel like we’re going against the grain.”
It’s a sound that marries artfully-crafted lyrics with rock and modern pop. With vertically-slanted lyrics, the songs are born out of time spent with the Lord and real-life stories of the places where God has met the For All Seasons members. “In all honesty, writing songs for church worship is not our goal. Getting songs played on the radio is not our goal,” Jeff explains. “We absolutely love the church and we love the purpose of radio, but our goal is a little more simple: to write authentically, passionately, and creatively, from our own stories, in hopes that those who hear our music connect with Jesus on a deeper level and chose to seek Him in every season of life. That’s our focus. However and wherever God wants to use it? That’s His decision.”
Their song “Bigger Than” unpacks Emily’s struggle with anxiety. “What I started to realize is that my responsible, have-it-all-together mentality was just masking all of this fear that I had underneath. So, it all came out in this panic attack that I had, and it started me on this journey of having to really face the fact that I had been struggling with a lot of fear in my life,” she reveals. “It’s been a huge song for me, personally. It is just this very clear statement of who God is. He’s bigger than anything I’m afraid of. He’s bigger than my dreams. I don’t have to stress and get anxious about my future because if I believe the Word of God—that He says His plans for me are better than what I could imagine or dream up—then I don’t have anything to worry about.”