All Heart with Paul Cardall

How "The Voice" star Spensha Baker feels led by God

Episode Summary

Spensha Baker, who is known for being on Team Blake on NBC’s The Voice, joins Paul Cardall on the 34th episode of All Heart. Both artists met at the White House where they performed at the 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Paul recently caught up with Spensha at the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and discovered how God has led her on a path that is inspirational to anyone with a gift they are compelled to share with the world. As the daughter of military parents based in San Antonio, Texas and as a devout Christian, Spensha signed with Geffen Records as a child. She recorded one gospel album only to leave after taking a 3-year break to redefine her goals. She moved to Nashville in pursuit of a deep love for country music. On The Voice, she became the first black woman to make it to the final four. Paul and Spensha discuss the challenges of life in Nashville and what led her back to Texas. Spensha again took a 3-year break to rediscover her passion to follow God’s lead. After this, she caught the attention of Rascal Flatts, Jay DeMarcus. Jay is a CEO and owner of the Christian label Red Street Records. Jay said, “When I first heard Spensha sing, I was taken by her voice. When we finally got to meet and she shared her passion for music and for God, we knew we wanted to be a part of her musical journey. We are excited for the road ahead.”

Episode Notes

Spensha Baker, who is known for being on Team Blake on NBC’s The Voice, joins Paul Cardall on the 34th episode of All Heart. Both artists met at the White House where they performed at the 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Paul recently caught up with Spensha at the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and discovered how God has led her on a path that is inspirational to anyone with a gift they are compelled to share with the world. As the daughter of military parents who were based in San Antonio, Texas and as a devout Christian, Spensha signed with Geffen Records as a child. She recorded one gospel album only to leave after taking a 3-year break to redefine her goals. She moved to Nashville in pursuit of a deep love for country music. On The Voice, she became the first black woman to make it to the final four. Paul and Spensha discuss the challenges of life in Nashville and what led her back to Texas. Spensha again took a 3-year break to rediscover her passion to follow God’s lead. After this, she caught the attention of Rascal Flatts, Jay DeMarcus. Jay is  a CEO and owner of the Christian label Red Street Records. Jay said, “When I first heard Spensha sing, I was taken by her voice. When we finally got to meet and she shared her passion for music and for God, we knew we wanted to be a part of her musical journey. We are excited for the road ahead.”
 

Spensha will be joining veteran Christian artists on the RSR roster that includes Jason Crabb, Avalon and rising stars Cade Thompson, Iveth Luna and Lauren Camey. This inspiring conversation offers valuable advice and insight into the challenges artists face in pursuing a music career.


All Heart with Paul Cardall is sponsored by doTERRA, whose products are designed to offer hope and healing. For more information on Paul Cardall, please visit https://paulcardall.com/ or find him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

SPENSHA BAKER BIO

A star of Season 14 of The Voicein 2018, Spensha Baker is breaking down barriers in country music with a genre-defying sound infused with gospel roots. As a member of Team Blake, she was the first black female country singer to make it to the Top 4. Her songs from the show consistently landed in the Top 10 on iTunes. Her rendition of original song, "Old Soul," hit #1 on the Country chart and #3 on the overall chart.

As a performer since the tender age of 6, Spensha Baker got her start in gospel music. She made appearances on Christian Artist Talent Search and Star Search, before signing with Geffen Records to release her debut album Outloud!at the age of 15. Later, after a 3-year break from music, she redefined her goals and relocated to Nashville. She became inspired by storytelling through the art of country music and reluctantly agreed to audition for The Voice at the urging of her mother.  “It’s funny how you can run away from your purpose, but God always has a way of bringing you right back around to it," recalls Baker.

With both of her parents being retired military veterans, Baker spent most of her childhood moving constantly to different military bases and has developed a personal commitment to our nation's troops. Spensha dedicated her first album to all American soldiers and their families. She has made appearances at numerous military events, including performing for President George W. Bush at Fort Hood.