CCM: Jason Crabb makes a guest appearance on the record. What was it like having him in the studio?
SD: “Christ, My Hope, My Glory” was a song I wrote with one of my favorite people in the world, Kenna Turner West. When we decided to record the song, we really wanted to make it special. We have had the honor of singing it with two choirs behind us, which was amazing in a live setting. Lauren, who plays fiddle, worked on arranging strings for cello and violin. Then when we heard from Ben that Jason was willing to sing on it, we were absolutely thrilled. Working with Jason was a blast—we had so much fun! He brings this element of just utter surrender to Christ when he sings, and you can tell his faith is as real as it gets; he is only there to glorify God and it is evident in everything he does and sings about. It was an honor to have him on this project.
CCM: What do you like about Ricky Skaggs’ studio?
SD: We love Skaggs Studios [in Hendersonville, Tennessee] because of its history and sound. The acoustics are awesome, the rooms sound great, and we love Ricky’s collection of bluegrass memorabilia!
CCM: Was there a moment in the studio that holds a special place for you?
SD: My favorite moment was on the very last night of recording when we put the gospel choir on “Christ, My Hope, My Glory.” Tears were flowing down my face as I was thinking “thank you Lord for giving us this song, for all these songs; for the ability to work with Ben and Jason and Mark Capps; for the opportunities and blessings You’ve given us. We are so unworthy. Thank you.” It was a moment I will never forget.