LADY: Chikk! I love this EP! So amazing. Thanks so much for being here today! Can you start by sharing the inspiration for the song, War, and the rest of the album?
CHIKK: There were so many inspirations behind War. One huge inspiration was actually Rick Joyner’s book, The Final Quest. It changed my perspective on what type of War we were, and still are, really fighting. My song, War, is about the fight against darkness, the fight for Truth, and the fight within self.
LADY: Of course, there is no way you could have known in advance what would happen in Dallas and around the country in terms of shootings and racially charged protests immediately before the scheduled release of War. How do you feel about the song War being born into the current atmosphere?
CHIKK: That’s a great question! I could have never predicted that within 3 days of each other, our country would go into such mayhem & the release of War would fall within that same week! I believe Dallas was only a reaction to other actions. Baton Rouge’s Alton Sterling and Minnesota’s Philando Castile were the immediate actions that led to the Dallas reaction. At first I was scared out of my mind! I didn’t know if I should even put it out anymore… But after doing research on the events and the history that preceded these events, I knew it was God. And I also knew it was bigger than me.
LADY: What is your prayer or hope for anyone who listens to this album?
CHIKK: I hope and pray that whoever listens to this song, and the EP when it comes out, hears VICTORY! That they hear a voice that has overcome the darkest of moments, a voice that now stands in the redeeming Light. I want anyone who hears this to KNOW that they are worth it! That they are good enough, and if anyone ever tries to tell them different, instead of backing down or giving up, they will rise! They will start a War unlike anyone has ever seen before. That they will fight with their knowledge, with their pain, with their rejection, and with one of the most precious weapons we could ever use, forgiveness. This project, this song, it is “For the Underdog,” which is the title of the EP, set to release this fall.
Can you share a few of your favorite lyrics and where you were when you wrote them, or any other outstanding memories of songwriting for this album?
Some of my favorite lyrics! I love this question.
And all the talk about you’re not good enough. Forget about all of your broken hearts, because I bet…It was good for the both of us
It’s a lyric that reminds me that none of the hurt was in vain. It was all working in my favor, even when I couldn’t see it.
I wrote these songs in my car actually. I either started them or finished them in the car while working a job to make money & live. During that process, I was ready to give up on my dreams altogether. It just seemed too hard to keep going, but I did. And I’m so glad that I did! This project was birthed from a place of pure confusion, shame, doubt and low self esteem. So I would have to say my favorite moment, was when I no longer felt ashamed. Doubt had left and I loved every single part of myself. I wondered what had happened, to change all of this. And it was because I had told a part of my story. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was healing while I was writing. And now I look back in amazement at it all!
CHIKK: Fearlessness for me, is accepting that you will have fears. Strange right? I find that I am more courageous when I have made peace with my fears. Anytime I deny myself of the reality of being human & having real fears, I shut down. Or I run. Looking whatever it is I am afraid of, in the face, is the first step to me being fearless. It takes the fear from my mind, body and soul, and puts it in front of me. Now I have no attachment to it. Now I can strategize how to overcome it. I can not overcome fear, until I let go of it. I can not let go of it, until I admit I am actually holding it.