“As I lay me down, Heaven hear me now/I’m lost without a cause, after giving it my all . . .” (from “I Look to You”)
Around the time Allan was considering the consequences of his health, Amy Perry and her husband began to consider a family. But there was one obstacle: Amy’s weight. “I looked at the health issues I was having and difficulty of traveling, and realized if I got pregnant I would end up over 300 pounds.”
So for the first time in a lifelong battle with her body, Amy asked God for help. “I know He doesn’t care what number I weigh. But He greatly cares that I submit every area of life to Him,” the powerhouse singer states. “And I hadn’t done that with food.” A divine reconnection with an old friend, who is a nutritionist and personal trainer with a spiritual foundation, gave Amy the motivation and accountability she needed to make a drastic change.
With the newfound freedom of losing eighty-five pounds, Amy finally felt released to start a family. She and her husband Jake now have a son Josiah. Perry now has a platform to aid those fighting similar battles. “I have experienced a liberty in ministry that I’ve never seen before,” she says. “I’ve been through some stuff that hurt me and left me feeling worthless. If sharing that helps someone realize they are beautiful and of value, then I’ll share it forever.”
With Hope of the Broken World, Selah recognizes their opportunity to relate with and help listeners heal through songs that poignantly contrast worldly hurt with spiritual hope. “We don’t know what people need when they put in a Selah CD, or when they come to a concert,” Amy humbly discloses. “We just want God to use us.” Allan agrees. “We have always wanted to comfort hurting souls. I wear it as a badge of honor that our fans are broken people who say our music speaks to them because we don’t shy away from loss or suffering.”