After about a decade as the reigning queen of contemporary Christian music, Rebecca St. James has been mostly laying low for the last few years—well, at least on the musical front. She's written a number of books (including S.H.E., Wait for Me, and Loved), and, while living in Los Angeles in recent years, she has dabbled in acting, even scoring the lead role in the pro-life movie Sarah's Choice.
The big news out of RSJ's camp these days is two-fold: She's done her first album in almost five-and-a-half years; I Will Praise You releases today through Reunion Records. And she's in the midst of planning for her late April wedding to Jacob Fink, a musician she met last year through mutual friends in LA. (He proposed on Christmas Day; she made the announcement on January 3. The wedding will be in Los Angeles.)
So now the young woman who has been, in a sense, the poster child for purity is about to get married. The girl who sang "Wait for Me"—a song asking her future husband, whoever he might be, to save himself for marriage—will soon move from Ms. to Mrs.
We recently caught up with St. James to discuss her new album, her engagement, the challenges of waiting—of occasionally "kind of dying emotionally," as Rebecca puts it—and how she's grown in recent years.
Congratulations on your engagement!
Thank you. It's incredible. And long awaited!
Jacob proposed to you on Christmas Day. Was that a surprise?
Totally. It was the first time I've ever brought a guy home for Christmas; I had spent Thanksgiving with his family. He kept on saying, "This is going to be the best Christmas ever," and I was like, "Well, I hope you enjoy hanging with my family, and I hope you're not disappointed." I had no clue he was planning ...