I am not going to lie. This has been a little bit of a tough road. Not so tough that I feel sorry for myself. Believe me when I say that I know I am blessed beyond words and I am so very grateful for all God has given me in this life. I am so blessed that I literally overflow with thanksgiving and praises. That is how I became a Psalmist, a songwriter, a lover of music. As we keep moving, keep praising, keep writing, keep sharing, keep hoping, God gives me words of encouragement along the way. I need those. In this business, I feel like there is a lot of reaching out and not as much reaching back. So, it can leave an artist feeling a bit empty. But, I want to encourage you knowing that He uses you, my friends and he uses new friends and fans who are just discovering who Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam is. (How do you say that name anyway?) His music and His message is moving. Today, I discovered that my song, The Glory of It All is in “hot rotation” on Elijah Streams iRadio for the month of March 2013, which you can listen to on iTunes radio. In no particular order my song is listed right between Daniel Bashta and David Crowder. Not bad company. Not bad at all. It’s exciting to know that the music is being heard and is moving people. I’ve listed more encouraging news below. Please continue to pray for me and my family and for the music to reach those that God intends for it to reach. His Will be done! I love you all and thank you for being a part of this journey with me. Much love. xoxo, Rebekah
The Glory of It All by Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam, Album- Radiant You
Top 20 Songs, March 2013
BIO and CURRENT NEWS-
Born and raised in a suburb of Houston, Texas, contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam (pronounced Hawk-um) returned home to Houston from Los Angeles, California in 2004. It was then that the deeply passionate El-Hakam started a family and began to focus her attention on music and community. What followed was a plethora of new songs, worship services and concerts. In late 2011, El-Hakam caught the attention of Nashville-based record producer, Marshall Altman (Amy Grant, Brooke Fraser, Audrey Assad). She collaborated with Altman on her debut effort, a full-length album, Radiant You, which released on September 21, 2012.
Radiant You has been met with much critical acclaim.
NewReleaseTuesday exclaims “Together, Rebekah and Altman have a created a dazzling, remarkable record with a wonderful purity of heart.” Adding the “title track “Radiant You” is arrestingly beautiful! The song’s inventive, effervescent music captures the shinging purity of God’s love for us. Rebekah’s voice is sunny, bright, and brimming with jubilance…You’re bound to want to put this one on repeat!”
ChristianMusicZine declares, “Rebekah’s debut is one to savour and her piano focused pieces are sure to win over the hearts of many, with the lead single “The Glory Of It All” a vertical worship song to Jesus sung with so much emotion! I’d imagine in the near future, this song would make it’s way to big radio stations like K-Love or Air1. Well done Rebekah for a thought provoking debut- it’s clear that you are a star in the making!”
AlphaOmegaNews says “the soaring pop vocals give your spirit a lift.” Closing by saying “while I have been wholly impressed with the quality of writing and production of this album, I am more impressed with Rebekah’s apparent drive. As a wife and mother of 4 children, Rebekah has a lot to balance and she’s done a wonderful job on her latest CD. “Radiant You” is a simple, but meaningful worship experience laced with an occasional burst of bubbly pop tunes.”
Derek Open Eyes writes “contemporary worship..reverent..some pretty good beats and the pace is nice and the vocals are quite good as well…”RadiantYou” -my favorite…so carefree and the painted canvas of light in this song is quite amazing!”
WCSE Radio in Connecticut and available 24 hrs a day on iTunes Radio has added three songs from Radiant You to rotation: For You (the featured download from FREECCM.com in January 2013), Be My Vision and This is My Prayer.
ElijahStreams iRadio available on iTunes Radio added The Glory of it All to their rotation in late February 2013. The Glory of it All is in “hot rotation” and is a top 20 song for the month of March 2013.