Rebecca St James
The Real Deal
By Jon Hanna
In the mid to late 70s, as Christians around the world were discovering
that it was okay to praise God
with contemporary music, David Smallbone was introducing the music
ministries of Petra and Amy
Grant to his Australian countrymen (woman and children included).
In fact, the first concert he ever promoted was that of Larry Norman,
notoriously known as the prime
instigator of todays Christian music. Smallbone matter-of-factly
recalls that his daughter Rebecca was
only six months old at the time.
Today, she is twenty year old Rebecca St. James, an up and coming
music minister in her own right.
With songs like Abba Father and Sweet Little Jesus Boy, she
is making waves on the CCM charts.
Her music can be heard locally on WZLE 104.9 FM and purchased at
your favorite music store.
In December, Rebeccas Christmas tour made a stop at the Willoughby
Hills Friends Church.
Accompanied by her newly formed band (Jan 96) and her entire family
(mom, dad and six siblings) she had truly sung her heart out for Jesus.
Taking time between songs, she stressed being bold for Jesus and getting
to know him. We cant live without a daily relationship with Jesus
in prayer, she said.
She made it clear to the packed house that she hoped for a night
of unified worship. Her hope did not
disappoint her as a sea of hands swayed in the air and a multitude
of voices sang harmonious praise to God.
While growing up in Australia, she never anticipated a music career.
Mom and dad, familiar with the
industry, actually prayed against it. Rebecca boasts that
her best decision came when at eight years old,
I gave my life to Jesus when I realized Jesus loved me.
At age thirteen, her High School was auditioning for a newly forming
Christian rock group. Rebecca
decided to try singing, and made the cut. Soon the radical
band was taking the Gospel to the streets and
souls were being saved.
Her personal music ministry received a big lift when, in 1991, Carmen
was on tour in Australia. A
tape with Rebeccas unique voice on it, made it into his hands and
he invited her to tour with him.
Moving to America two years ago introduced Rebecca and her family
to disappointment. Lean times
came when a promise fell through and her father was left jobless.
Rebecca relates the disappointment of
her family being too broke to fly back home for her grandfathers
funeral. But that was a distant two
years ago, overshadowed now by her recent success. She and
her family currently call Nashville their
Is That An Engagement Ring?
Hey, all of you single guys can relax. Rebecca is sporting a ring
on her ring finger, however its not an
engagement ring. The ring is a symbol of her commitment to
remain sexually pure and to wait for
marriage. She proudly boasts of being a virgin and encourages
others to make this stand. She also
reminded the audience of the power of Gods grace and the opportunity
for new beginnings through the
forgiveness of sins.
The Big Plan
Rebecca told me that she has no plans for her music ministry.
Shes content to be doing what shes doing
and said she would give it up if the Lord asked her to. However,
she is focused and intent on having a
big family one day. Rebeccas big plan is to be the mother
of 10 children, husband and Lord willing of