Elva Frye

Elva Frye

 Costa Mesa, California, USA
BandChristianSinger/Songwriter

Five O'Clock is Christian/Gospel Retro (Neo) Soul with old school, pop, African, urban, and orchestra infused arrangements: strong lyrical and musical progressions with some laid back vibes and lighthearted tunes.

Biography

About My Music:
I have been writing songs since I was 12, playing the piano since I was 5. I believe in being REAL in my music and don't want to be cliche. The music I write has a bit of SOUL and a lot of upward and inward reflection. I love a good beat and am in love with everything bass.

I play solo or with a band depending on the situation/circumstance. On the mission field I am able to use a backing track, a Capella, Casio Keyboard with no pedal -- you name it -- I am up for the challenge and know that it isn't about the equipment.

I have a real heart for people and know that music is a tool that is used by God to bring healing to a broken heart, a lost sheep, a hungry and thirsty soul, and even the depressed... I don't play or write for the sake of playing or writing, but for the sake of God's great purpose - not my own.

While my music has a serious side, there's a lot of fun music, lyrics, and I can be a pretty goofy person with lots of laughter and I love to share that Joy with the people I am honored to share my music with. I love to lead worship because I get a front seat to an amazing choir singing to God.

About Me:
I am a singer/songwriter, piano teacher, worship leader, and co-founder of FACE of Harvest, a Christian faith-based international humanitarian emergency relief agency (nonprofit NGO). I am married to a wonderful man of 11 years, Brian. He has been a wonderful example of Jesus in my life and I am honored to know such a strong, gentle, and loving example of a man.

I teach piano to children privately and adults through the School of Worship at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. So, it is a bit interesting that I recently attained a Business Degree at Vanguard University. That was a journey God took me on and I am grateful for the learning.

I love to run and ran my first half-marathon (August 21, 2011) to raise money for the FACE of Harvest Medical Clinic I am helping to open in Africa.

I understand Spanish fluently and speak it, but am a little out of practice. I have translated one of my song choruses into Swahili. I love traveling all over the world and have been able to do so while sharing songs and times of worship. I love Jesus who died on the cross for my sins, rose again, and promises to return again someday. I long to live a surrendered life, fall short, but He always picks me up. I trust God and have decided to follow HIM WHEREVER He Leads me whatever the cost.

Want to know anything else? I welcome you to email me and ask.

Lyrics

Changed By You

Written By: Elva Frye

Lord, it's me alone
Bowing before your throne of Grace
Filled with pride and sin
Won't you cleanse me from within

Lord, I have nothing else
To give you but myself
I'm filled with pride and sin
Please cleanse me from within

I want to be changed by You
So I can be used by You
I want to be changed by You
So I can worship in Spirit and in Truth
I want to be changed by You

I want to be changed by You
So I can be used by You
I want to be touched by You
So I can be healed by You
I want to be filled by You
So I can be led by You
I want to be changed by You
So I can worship in Spirit and in Truth
I want to be changed by You

When I Cried

Written By: Elva Frye

When I Cried
As I sit here in your presence
I wonder do you hear me
As I gaze into Your awesome light
I see You are near me
And every moment I spend without You
I realize I am lost
But You’re teaching me the way to live
And just how to love
chorus
And when I cried
You came and cried with me
And when I called your name
That’s when you came
And now I know
That you’re my Daddy in Heaven

When I forget all about You
You still remember me
You’re a friend forever till the end
You’re closer than a brother
You’re brighter than the sun
Greater than anything
You are the Great I AM
And You sent Your Son to die for me
So that I could live FOREVER

Chorus

What inspired this song: At 12 years of age, realizing that my earthly father was imperfect, I really began to understand that my Abba Father (translated Daddy) was the Father that would never fail me. I sought God during my childhood and teen-years. He heard my cries in those developing years. Those times with Him would remind me in my early 20’s that I couldn’t live without Him; that without Him I truly was lost.

Only You, Jesus

Written By: Elva Frye

I’m holding on, to only You, Jesus
You have the words of life
I’ll fix my eyes, on only You, Jesus
You are the Way, the Truth, the Life

CHORUS
Holy, Holy Lord
Holy Lamb of God
I believe (I believe)
Holy, Holy Lord
Holy Lamb of God
I believe

My soul is safe, my life is found in You
You are the Giver of Life
My thirst is quenched, my hunger is satisfied
You are the Bread of Life

BRIDGE
Who can I run to?
Who is the only Way to Life
You, only You, Jesus

Biblical References that inspired this song: John 6:53-69
Like the disciples, even as we follow Jesus, sometimes life can get difficult. Some lessons, like that in John 6, at first, can be hard to understand. Many followers of Jesus thought this lesson was too hard to understand; so they turned away. Jesus turned to the 12 and asked if they were going to leave, also. Simon Peter’s response was so beautiful and so true, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” My niece came face to face with death the day I wrote this song and cancer threatened the life of my friend. Who else has the words of eternal life? To whom shall we go? Run to Jesus, He’s the Only One, the Holy One of God.

Lyrics and music by Elva Frye. ©2007 Brian and Elva Frye Publishing

Kindness

Written By: Elva Frye

V1
Lord, You're patient with me
When I am looking down,
And I get turned around
You're never angry with me
With my hands on my ears,
You still call out to me

Chorus
It's Your kindness that draws me
Your kindness that leads me
Your kindness causes me to fall down on my knees

V2
You're Abba Father to me
And as Your child You still discipline me
You're never harsh with me
Though I rejected You
You still gave Your life for me

Bridge
You pick me up and turn me around
You pick me up, turn me around when I'm looking down.

I Will Follow

Written By: Elva Frye

I will follow where you lead
Up mountains, valleys deep
I’ll take the journey that You’ve set for me
I’ll trust I’m in Your keep

In the dead of night when the darkness drowns
And I wait to breathe until the light of dawn
I can only see with my memory
Every promise that You have rescued me

I will follow where you lead
Up mountains, valleys deep
I’ll take the journey that You’ve set for me
I’ll trust I’m in Your keep

In the valleys deep shadows cast their doubt
Steepest cliffs renege all hopes of getting out
Oh morning dawns the day
Your light becomes my path
Your joy my strength to reach
This higher ground at last

Look up redemption draws nigh
Look up, look up, not to the left nor the right
Look up, redemption draws nigh
Look up, fix your eyes on Jesus Christ

Take A Ride

Written By: Elva Frye

Plant in a pot on my balcony
Waiting for the sun to shine
Oh the clouds are hanging low today
No rain, only gray

Let’s take a ride on a plane
Rise above the gloom of this day
Blue sky, yellow sun, green grass, lots of space

So you’ve got a worry or two in your head
Waiting for the Son to shine
Oh the doubt is hanging low today
No hope, only dazed

Let’s take a ride on a plane
Rise above the gloom of this day
Blue sky, yellow sun, green grass, lots of space
Rise above the gloom of this day
No there isn’t room for any doubt
We’re soaring through the skies
And we can’t be weighed down

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and
Lean not on your own understanding
In all your ways acknowledge Him
He will make your path straight
Let’s take a ride

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh
Blue skies, blue skies sun will shine
Yellow sun, green grass lots of space
Blue skies, blue skies sun will shine
Yellow sun, hello sunshine

Discography

2011 Release: Five O'Clock-- Coming in 2011

May 2010 Compilation CD: Pure Worship: Worship Leader Conference Resource CD- Lay It Down

May 2009 Compilation CD: Pure Worship: Worship Leader Conference Resource CD- Your Kindness

May 2008 Compilation CD: Pure Worship Worship Leader Conference Resource CD

Nov. 2007 Compilation CD: Pure Worship Worship Leader's Conference Resource CD

Dec 2007 Debut Album: Until I Hear You

Radio Streaming: Until I Hear You, Changed By You, When I Cried

Set List

Selection of 1-5 worship songs
1-12 Original Songs

Sets times are determined by the amount of time allotted