Dream A Little Dream

by

Charles White

 

 

 

   

Most people familiar with the Christian music industry have heard of the big names like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Newsboys. However, just below the surface are dozens and dozens of amazing signed and unsigned groups and artists that strive to present the Gospel through their music. One such successful artist is Tara-Leigh Cobble. Tara Leigh is both a successful author and musician who is living the dream of following God’s path and doing what she loves at the same time.

Tara Leigh Cobble grew up in the south but now calls New York City home. Tara Leigh showed the same overachieving drive as a child that has propelled her as an indie Christian artist.

“I was involved pretty heavily at church and in school,” Tara Leigh shares. “ You know those people who join way too many clubs and have too many extra-curricular activities?  I was that person.  I also spent a lot of time studying, because I was pretty academically inclined.  The things I looked forward to most were our youth group activities: trips, events, Bible studies.  We had a great youth group, so I loved it all.”

Central to Tara Leigh’s life is her family and her relationship with Christ. These two things are at the center of her identity.

My relationship with Jesus is at the core of who I am.  I try to submit all my decisions, my plans, and my desires to Him, so that He can have His way in my life and be glorified in what I do.  Learning to talk with Jesus was one of the most important things that has ever happened in my life.”

Music also plays a huge part in Tara’s life. She has released 6 albums to date and credits some of her musical influences as Patty Griffin, Coldplay and Lee McDerment. How would Tara-Leigh describe her musical style?

“In my concerts, my music tends to be more along the lines of folk rock, because I usually play live with only acoustic guitars. On the albums, my music takes on a broader feel of melodic pop rock, because of the full band instrumentation.”

Although music is an important part of her life, it doesn’t define her or her understanding of success. “For years, I’ve struggled against the notion that I’m supposed to want fame in this business,” Tara-Leigh shares. “ I’ve never desired it, but people always assume that I do and try to push me toward that.  On the contrary, I believe God has planted smallness in my heart.  John 3:30 is my career verse: ‘He must increase, and I must decrease.’ ”

What does the future hold for Tara-Leigh Cobble? More performances, writing and speaking engagements; something she dearly loves. 

 “I’ve been doing a lot of speaking engagements since my first book came out a few years ago.  God has been opening up a lot of opportunities for that kind of thing.  In fact, I just got back from Seoul, South Korea, where I was the keynote speaker at an event.  It was an incredible blessing to get to go on that trip!  I’m also working on my third book, and I just released my sixth album.  Throughout the fall I’ll be touring to do concerts and speaking engagements across the country.  I’m really looking forward to it!”

So what advice would this accomplished Author/Musician offer young people?  Live a life saturated in Christ and cling to those things that make this possible.

“Find the things that stir your affections for Christ and saturate your life in them.  Find the things that rob you of that affection and walk away from them. Do the friends you hang out with stir your love for Jesus?  What about the way you spend your free time?  The music you listen to?  The foods you eat?  Every moment of our lives is connected to God if we’ll only stop to notice it.”

Martin Luther spoke of “Walking Wet” each and every day of your life. In other words, remember your baptism each day and live a Christ-filled life where you are open to the direction that God has for your life. Amazing things can happen when you let go and let God. Just ask Tara-Leigh Cobble.