For over 20 years, Selah has displayed a talent and passion for ministry and a deep love for the Church. These have been constants for the group—comprised of Todd Smith, Amy Perry and Alan Hall. In their two-decade career, this Christian music trio has achieved more than four million units in music sales and received eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, a Gold-certified album, and eight No. 1 singles.
Selah is known for their signature vocal harmonies including hits such as, “You Raise Me Up,” “Wonderful, Merciful Savior,” and “You Amaze Us.” Smith, Hall and Perry together have graced stages like Carnegie Hall, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry, while touring with such artists as Casting Crowns, Point of Grace, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Michael W. Smith and more.
Selah recently released a new album, Firm Foundation, which is it’s first album with Integrity Music. CCM caught up with the members of Selah for a 3 part Q&A series. Here is what Amy Perry had to say.
Last Netflix Binge:
I just downloaded This is Us. I haven’t started it, but when I do, I’ll be getting a box of tissues for sure!
I grew up listening to Barry Manilow (still a huge fan), Bette Midler, and the amazing Sandi Patty!
Very First Musical Purchase:
I was 13 and I got a CD player for my birthday and went down to the record store and bought a Beach Boys CD
CCM: If you had only five words to describe your new album, it would be…?
Amy: Exciting, upward, worshipful
CCM:What led you to pursue a career or ministry in music?
Amy: I always sang in church, and had always wanted a record deal because I knew I was born to sing. It wasn’t until I met Todd and Allan and heard Selah, that I realized how much I really wanted a career in Christian music; not just to have the record deal, but to really make a difference in people’s lives. I remember my very first show with them, people coming through the autograph line one after the other, sharing how their music had so deeply touched their lives. That’s when I knew I was where God meant for me to be.
CCM:What are your hopes for the new project?
Amy: I just hope that people feel encouraged when they listen to it. For me, it takes me on a journey from exalting worship to the deep introspective worship, to the end where I’m just basking in His presence. I want others to feel that too.
CCM:What was the last song you listened to on your playlist or stereo?
Amy: “Come What May” from the musical Moulin Rouge—my hubby and I walked down the aisle to that song at our wedding and I’m obsessed with the Broadway soundtrack.
CCM:What has been interesting to you musically lately? Perhaps something new to you in terms of listening habits or influences?
Amy: I’ve been super into Musical soundtracks lately. I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like, but I really enjoy listening to them in the car, imagining what might be happening on stage.