She is known as the “tiny girl” with a “big voice.” The Nashville singer and songwriter is sitting down with us and sharing her heart. She shares about her childhood, being a newlywed and her ministry. Her European tour starts at the end of October. Thank you, April, for your time.
MW: Tell us a little bit about yourself:
AK: Well, I grew up in Connecticut, but I reside in Nashville, and I have been here for about eight years, now. I grew up around music because my dad was the worship leader at our church, so it was always in my blood. I’m an introvert. I’m an empath. I love animals. Aside from being musical, one of my favorite things to do on my downtime is cook!
MW: You grew up as a pastor’s kid (pk), and in a very serving family. When did you first encounter God, and how did you encounter Him?
AK: I did grow up as a pk, and was definitely always in the spotlight. I struggled with perfectionism and pressure from people around me to be perfect. I knew God on a surface level up until I was around 12 or 13. It was at that point in my life that I started to become curious about diving in deeper into the spiritual realm. I remember one instance in particular that God truly revealed Himself to me. I was a freshman in high school, and I had my first heartbreak. I was crying in my room… crying for my mom to come in and comfort me. She knew what I truly needed was for her to let me be on my own with God, so she shut the door. I felt so alone and broken until I literally felt God wrap His arms around me and whisper “I am with you”. It was at that moment that my life changed forever.
MW: What is your spiritual growth focus, at the moment?
AK: Trusting through trials. Everyone struggles with trusting that God has a plan when you are stuck in a storm. I’m trying to get to a place of consistently trusting Him through the hills and the valleys.
MW: You said in another interview that journaling is a way in which you stay connected to God, throughout the day and as you tour and travel. What are some practical journaling tips you would give to someone who is interested in exploring this discipline?
AK: I always start it off by writing down what I am thankful for. Then, I write down names of people God puts on my heart to pray for, and I choose some verses that correlate with their circumstances and write/say them out loud.
MW: You are a newlywed! (Congratulations!!) What is the biggest lesson marriage has taught you, so far?
AK: Thank you!! Communication is everything. We both travel a lot for work, and without communication and trust, we wouldn’t be as strong as we are now. We pray for each other daily.
MW: You are the epitome of what it means to be a performer. You post, on social media, a lot of clips of you singing live in venues. What has been your favorite venue and why?
AK: Thank you, that means so much. One of my favorite venues in Nashville so far has been the Analog at the Hutton. Such a cool space and vibe! I’ve also gotten the pleasure to play the famous, Bluebird Café, which was incredible.
MW: Apart from being a singer with an incredible and unique range, you are also a songwriter. What is your favorite song that you have written?
AK: I would have to say at the moment my favorite original song is a love song I wrote for my husband called, “I Feel At Home”. It has a double meaning as well. I wrote it as I was settling into a totally new sound and the sentiment of “feeling at home” related to that as well as feeling comfortable in my relationship.
MW: You have mentioned before that you volunteer for a nonprofit called Musicians On Call, which provides encouragement for people in hospitals. What is a story or encounter that has impacted you from this ministry?
AK: Musicians on Call has been such a blessing not only to the patients, but to me. Recently, I was singing a song right outside someone’s room, and a woman walked over from her room on the other side of the door with tears in her eyes. She said, “I really needed to hear that”. And we both started crying. It was a special moment that God absolutely was all over.
MW: If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be?
AK: I always say, “Tiny girl. Big voice.” Is my tag line, so I guess that could be my memoir too!
“Tiny girl. Big voice.”
MW: What is a book that you would recommend and why?
AK: Uninvited by Lysa Terkhurst… it really dives into past scars and allowing God to heal them. Insecurities that were passed down by generations. She illustrates everything through her personal stories and uses scripture, which is amazing.
MW: What are your top three essentials?
AK: Bible, journal, guitar!
MW: Who is your favorite person in scripture and why?
AK: Probably Job. The story always fascinated me. I would ask myself… how is this man still trusting in God after everything that he’s gone through? And there’s one verse that moved me so deeply and put everything into perspective- Job 2:10: “Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?”
“Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?”
MW: What do you want people to learn about God, when they look at you?
AK: God loves imperfect people. He transforms brokenness into something beautiful.
“He transforms brokenness into something beautiful.”
MW: What is a special tradition you and your family engage in or keep?
AK: Every Christmas my dad gets his guitar out, and we sing together as a family. It’s one of my favorite things. We also watch old family videos!
MW: What question will you ask when you get to heaven?
AK: Why did you create spiders?! Haha
MW: Thing you want to raise awareness about:
AK: Online bullying/harassment. I’ve been a victim of it, as well as many of my friends. People hide behind a screen and use their words to try and break someone down, or make them feel exposed or less than. I believe there is more depression and suicide happening due to online bullying than ever before, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking.
MW: What/who is playing on your playlist, at the moment?
AK: Patrick Droney, Rachael Lampa, Lauren Daigle.
MW: What does your morning routine consist of?
AK: Coffee, journaling, meditating on the word.
MW: What is on your nightstand?
AK: Peppermint oil, Jesus calling, Burt’s Bees chapstick!
MW: Define Christianity in a sentence:
AK: Choosing to let God live through you, in everything you do.
Check out April’s tour schedule here.
Until next time, keep witnessing!