Esther Rose Neal

Esther Rose Neal

BandChristianSinger/Songwriter

Esther Rose Neal leads with a raw, soulful voice and acoustic guitar into engaging melodies, supported by dynamic music arrangements that draw from Pop/Rock and Soul elements. Audiences are captivated by her healing message, transparency and the evident anointing on her music.

Biography

ESTHER ROSE NEAL
BIOGRAPHY
*Singer *Songwriter
*Worship Leader *Recording Artist
My name is Esther Rose Neal and this is a glimpse into my journey with the Lord and the talents He has given me. I am so humbled that God would use me to reach people with His heart through my life and songs. I have lead worship and shared my songs from small family to large and multi-generational church’s, women’s retreats and conferences, prayer and worship conferences, outreaches, festivals, Celebrate Recovery ministry, Cleansing Stream ministry, Harp and Bowl Worship, and more. I have been blessed to have RADIO play for over 2 years on Calvary Chapel's K-WVE 107.9 FM with my single "YOU DELIGHT IN ME" as well as other stations and recently on Several Stations in the U.S. with my singles "RETURN" and "FROM YOU. I also had the incredible opportunity to open for TELECAST and NATALIE GRANT. I pray that whatever God has me do, or wherever He has me go, I would always glorify, radiate and point to Him.
I was born on the island of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. I began singing from the early age of 4. This was soon after I had come to my mother and asked to accept Jesus into my heart. It has become clear to me, that this was no coincidence. Soon after, I began touring with a children’s song and dance group to minister in orphanages, hospitals, jails and even to heads of State throughout different areas of South America, where my parent’s were missionaries. This was an incredible yet challenging experience for me at such an early age. My family came back to California and I continued to sing throughout my school years. At 16, I was performing with bands at top venues in Hollywood, such as, The Roxy and The Wisky. I later moved to Northern California and lead successful Cover Bands in the San Jose and Bay Areas, while also writing original material and becoming better seasoned as an artist. At this time I was experiencing a deep longing, which could not be satisfied in “the world”. God was drawing me into His heart and an intimate relationship with Him and I found myself surrendering my life and talents to His care and control. I wanted to give God back the gifts He had given me, wholeheartedly, genuinely and without compromise. So when I moved back to Southern California, God opened the doors for me to learn what it meant to be a worshiper and I was given opportunities to lead out and grow in my abilities and heart for worship. I have had the privilege to lead worship and minister the heart of God through song in many different arenas. I also attended and graduated from Calvary Chapel’s School of Worship. There I learned even more about who God was, and who I was in His eyes. This helped prepare me to become the Music Director for a local Church, where I learned the value of serving the old as well as being a mentor to the young. I was content and happy to serve and felt this must be the path and place God wanted me to stay. It was only after my husband and I suffered the loss of our child through a miscarriage, that God spoke to us in our grief and confirmed, that now was the time to step out completely in the area of music and ministry. God had been equipping me through surrender, service and suffering, as well as His unceasing love, healing and faithfulness, to be a vessel to be used however He planned and desired for His glory. So God birthed a ministry for my husband and I. Right away, the opportunity was brought forth for me to record the songs He had helped me write through my personal experiences with Him. He has used these songs to encourage, bring hope, strength and healing to many. Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey so far. Blessings!

Lyrics

RETURN

Written By: Esther Rose Neal

RETURN, POINT YOUR HEART BACK TO ME
RETURN, POINT YOUR HEART BACK TO ME
BACK TO ME

I AM LONGING FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP
I AM CRYING FOR YOUR LOVE
I HOPE YOU KNOW THE SITUATION
IS THAT I WANT YOU SO MUCH
I GAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEEDED
TO BE COVERED AND TO SEE
BUT YOU THOUGHT THAT I’D REGECT YOU
SO YOU RAN AWAY FROM ME

(Bridge)
IF YOU WILL COME BROKEN
I WILL WASH YOU CLEAN AGAIN
LIFT THOSE EYES OUT FROM THE DARKNESS
CAN YOU FEEL THAT HOPE RUSH IN

(Tag/Vamp)
RUN TO ME, RUN TO ME,
RUN TO ME, RUN TO ME
RUN TO ME, RUN TO ME,
I WANT TO SET YOU FREE (I’M NOT THE ENEMY)

*RETURN
SONG STORY

Return was the title of an unwritten song that had been placed in my mind year’s prior. I would be led to scriptures that spoke of coming back to the Lord, turning, repenting, changing, returning. It is God’s cry for us! He longs for relationship with His children.
I personally went on a journey away from the Lord. Although I accepted Him as early as 3 years of age, it was a long road to surrendering my life to Him. I tried to be faithful in my own strength as a late teenager; I did the walk without the relationship. I relied on other’s to teach me and to pray, when I needed to talk to my savior myself! So, when my strength ran out, so did I. The world and the enemy swooped me away and I tried to find my value and happiness through the worlds ways. Hurt after hurt, failure after failure brought me to a place of knowing the Joy the world would bring was not the Joy I craved. I had a deep hole that was only widening. I always knew the Lord was there for me but I was ashamed. I chose other things instead of Him. I went back to church one evening and someone sang. My eyes were opened and I realized my deep need and desire for the Lord. The very things that hurt me the deepest were the things that lead me to a place of surrendering. I know I am safe in my heavenly Father’s arms. I know He is the only one that never will leave me or fail me. Over the years, He has helped heal my wounds through His Spirit and His Immeasurable love. He was waiting all along for me to Return to Him, so He could fill me with Joy that is not fleeting. My hope is that you would run to Jesus! He knows your pain and He gave His perfect life so you could know the truth of His perfect love for you! He did it all for you! He is always waiting to take you back into His safe, loving arms. Repentance is acknowledging your sin and turning away from it. To Return to the Lord only takes a moment, but will offer you an eternity!! Please come back, forgiveness is waiting!

YOU DELIGHT IN ME

Written By: Esther Rose Neal

(VERSE 1)
YOU DELIGHT IN ME
I LOOK AT YOUR FACE
SMILING DOWN AND YOU SEE
NONE OF MY SIN
YOUR BLOOD COVERS ME

(VERSE 2)
YOU DELIGHT IN ME
I SEE YOUR LAUGHTER
AS I DANCE AND SING
I’M LIKE A CHILD
WASHED AND MADE CLEAN

(CHORUS)
SO I WILL WALK IN FULLNESS NOW
ALL OF THE GUILT AND SHAME I’VE RENOUNCED
I STAND HERE FORGIVEN AND RECLAIMED
THIS HEALING IS ONLY BY THE POWER OF YOUR NAME

*YOU DELIGHT IN ME
SONG STORY

I asked the Lord to help me write a song of remembrance about what He had done in me at a retreat called Cleansing Streams. It was a powerful experience. My Grandmother had just passed away and right after her funeral I drove to the retreat because I knew God wanted me to be there. I showed up very late to the first night. I was there just before the last prayer time. I went to the designated person to pray for me and she asked me to say three simple words, I FORGIVE MYSELF. My lips could not utter those words no matter how hard I tried. Immediately she and others began praying over me until finally my mouth opened and I felt free to speak those words. I had not realized I was holding onto so much shame for my past sins! I knew the Lord had forgiven me but I could not forgive myself. The Lord had to help me be free from the guilt and shame I still carried from my past. The next day we were all worshiping and my friend told me to try and picture Jesus’ face as I sang. I had done that before but for some reason I could see His face like never before. He also gave me a vision of myself as a little girl twirling and dancing. He was watching me and laughing with delight. He showed me that He saw me as a child, innocent and clean through His blood. He did not see me covered with the mire of my sin, but washed and beautiful. He truly delighted in me and loved to see me dance and sing in the freedom only He could give me. This song has not only helped me remember His joy and delight in me; it has touched many others as well. I hope it will do the same for you.

WAR

Written By: Esther Rose Neal

(CHORUS)
I’M AT WAR
I’M AT WAR
I’M AT WAR
BODY AGAINST SOUL

(VERSE 1)
DID YOU KNOW THERE’S A WAR GOING ON
CAN’T YOU SEE IT ON MY FACE
DECEIVED TO THINK I’VE SLIPPED FROM GRACE
TORN AND I’M TEMPTED
CONFUSED AND CONFLICTED
I FIGHT AGAINST THE FORCES WITH
THE POWER OF GOD

(VERSE 2)
SURROUNDED BY A BATTLE IN THE SKY
HIS ANGELS DRAWING NEAR
PROTECTING FROM THE DARKNESS HERE
DOUBTING YET BELIEVING
FEARING YET I’M FIGHTING
I TAKE UPON THE ARMOR
WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD

(BRIDGE)
GIRD YOUR WAIST WITH TRUTH
PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
SHOD YOUR FEET WITH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
THE SHEILD OF FAITH
THE HELMET OF SALVATION
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
WHICH IS THE WORD
OF GOD

*WAR
SONG STORY

War was not written overnight. I realized that as I was growing in my understanding of the battle we face as Christians, inwardly and outwardly, the song was growing. Just like our faith, it grows as we walk day-by-day, battle-by-battle, seeing God’s love and victory in our lives. We stumble and fall, but God always is there to pick us up and carry us when we are too weak. In Romans 7, Paul talks about the war that wages within himself. The desire to do good, but the sinful nature causing the opposite to be done. Romans 8 talks about how we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus our Lord! He has won the war for us! In Ephesians we are told to put on the full armor of God. I sing what the armor is in the Bridge of this song. It has helped me memorize it and put it on everyday so I can be protected, heart, mind, and body, by whatever might try to tear me down or destroy me. We are not alone in this battle! There is a war going on that we do not see in the Spirit realm. Angels are fighting against and protecting us from the powers of darkness. Do not fear! We are on the winning team!

By His Grace

Written By: Esther Rose Neal


VERSE 1:
I USED TO THINK IT WAS UP TO ME
THEN I LEARNED JESUS SET ME FREE
BUT EVERYDAY I TRY TO TAKE IT BACK
THEN HE TELLS ME, THEN HE TELLS ME

CHORUS:
IT’S BY HIS GRACE
NOT MY STRENGTH
BUT BY HIS GRACE
BY WHICH I’M SAVED
OH YAH

VERSE 2:
IT’S NOT BY MIGHT, BUT BY THE SPIRIT
SO I WILL REST AND TRUST IN MY LORD
I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM
HE HAS OVERCOME, HE HAS OVERCOME

BRIDGE:
I WILL NOT FEAR FOR I KNOW
I’M FREE IN HIS LOVE FOREVER MORE

TAG:
I WILL FLY, I WILL FLY

Give Me Vision

Written By: Esther Rose Neal

GIVE ME VISION
OF WHAT I’M CALLED TO BE
GIVE ME VISION
OF HOW YOU WANT TO USE ME
I AM DESPERATE
FOR YOU AND NOT FOR ME
GIVE ME VISION
A LAMP UNTO MY FEET

I AM CRYING OUT
OPEN UP MY EYES
I AM LONGING FOR YOUR WAY
AND IN MY DEEPEST DOUBT
YOU WILL BE MY GUIDE
NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS
BE DONE

GIVE ME VISION, GIVE ME VISION

I’M AFTER YOUR HEART
I’M LONGING FOR YOUR WAYS

OPEN MY EYES, EXPAND MY HEART
FOR THE THINGS YOU LONG FOR
THE PEOPLE YOU DIED FOR

*Give Me Vision
SONG STORY

All of us wonder why we are here? What we were created to be? A Wife, a Mom, a Teacher, a Pastor, a Worshiper, a Missionary, a Doctor…? The list goes on! This is a song that cries out to the Lord for those answers. It is a song that is sung when you are in a place of surrender. When you’ve stopped looking to your own ways and desires and you long for God’s ways and desires. We all face doubt, one time or another, especially when we don’t understand what’s happening in our lives. The Lord says; He is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. If I trust in Him, He will light the way before me. I did not think the Lord would bring me to this place of being able to write and record songs. I had given that up years ago! I was so happy worshipping Him that I didn’t need to run after my childhood dreams anymore! What I didn’t understand was that the Lord placed certain desires in my heart, but changed them to bring Him the Glory and Honor, instead of myself. He gave me a better dream and a true purpose!

From You

Written By: Esther Rose Neal

(VERSE)
I WILL SPEAK YOUR HEART TO THE ONE’S YOU LOVE
I WILL SING YOUR HEART IN TESTIMONY

(PRE-CHORUS)
OF YOUR LIFE, THE PRICE YOU PAID

THE ONLY PERFECT SACRIFICE

(THE ONLY PERFECT LOVE THEY’LL FIND)

(CHORUS)
IS FROM YOU

IT’S ALL FROM YOU

( I ) HAVE FORGIVENESS FROM YOU (THEY) (WE)

IS FROM YOU

IT’S ALL FROM YOU

EVERY BREATH ( I ) TAKE IS FROM YOU (THEY) (WE)

(BRIDGE)
AND WHEN I FIND MYSELF ASKING THE QUESTION

WHAT IS THIS LIFE

I CAN LOOK UP ABOVE AND FIND THE ANSWER

IT’S ALL FOR LOVE, IT’S ALL FOR LOVE, IT’S ALL FOR LOVE

(THE ONLY PERFECT HOPE WE’LL FIND)

Already A Star

Written By: Esther Rose Neal

VERSE 1

HE IS OUR PURPOSE

HE IS OUR CLAIM TO FAME

WE WONT LIVE OUR LIVES IN VAIN

HE PAINTS THE PICTURE

ALL DIFFERENT GIFTS HE GAVE

BEFORE TIME HE KNEW OUR NAME

*CHORUS
I’M ALREADY A STAR

YOUR ALREADY A STAR

IN THE FATHER’S EYES

IN OUR FATHER’S EYES

VERSE 2
IN HIM THERE’S FREEDOM
FOR THIS HIS LIFE HE GAVE
SO LET HIM BREAK APART THOSE CHAINS
COME EVERYBODY
LET’S JOIN IN ONE SONG
‘CAUSE IN THIS FAMILY WE BELONG

*BRIDGE
THERE IS HOPE NOW FOR THE LOST

IT’S FOUND UPON THE CROSS

SO PUT YOUR TRUST IN HIM

AND LET THIS LIFE BEGIN

*Already A Star
SONG STORY

This song was kind of a play on words. My name “Esther”, means “Star”, thus I’m “Already A Star”. It might seem cheesy on the surface, but is unexpectedly deep. We all long to be a star in some way! The truth is that we all are! We are each created unique for God’s purposes. There is no one else like us! This world tries to make us feel as if we need to be publicly praised and worshipped to be of value or a “Star”. We will never truly find our worth or value in the things of this world. We find our worth and value in the reflection of our Savior’s eyes. We are valued so deeply by our Heavenly Father, that He sent His only Son Jesus to die in our place, so we could be saved from our penalty of sin and have relationship with Him forever! Wow! We are not captive to sin and death. He gave us freedom to worship Him and live a life of freedom. We each have different gifts and abilities. Some are visible to others and some are only visible to God, but none is greater than the other! We can sing, “I’m a Star”, when we are living the life God intended us to!

The Look of Love

Written By: Esther Rose Neal

I got the idea for this song when I heard someone talk about the look Jesus gave Peter after he had been denied by him for the third time. It was suggested that the look Jesus gave him was not hateful or shameful, but it was a look of love. In our understanding, that would seem impossible! How could Jesus look upon His close friend with love and compassion while He was being rejected and abandoned by him? It is the same Jesus that asked His Heavenly Father to forgive those who put Him upon the cross! The same people that praised Him would mock, beat, scourge and crucify Him. It was that look of love that Jesus gave Peter that caused him to weep bitterly and repent for what he had done. It is that kindness, understanding and forgiveness in the midst of our shame, that brings us to repentance and healing. (Romans 8:1-“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…”). Thank you Lord, for always seeing us through your perfect eyes of love!

Heal the Broken

Written By: Esther Rose Neal

SONG STORY

It was a time that changed all of us. Our false sense of security in our nation was gone! The whole world was in shock and mourning. It was 9-11 and we all felt out of control. It was my desire to do something, so I prayed and cried. Later in that season of mourning, I was crying out to the Lord for His Word and heart in the midst of all of this. I opened my Bible and it opened to Psalm 147 entitled, ”God Heals the Brokenhearted”. I knew it was no coincidence. I knew I should put it to music. I sat on my floor with my guitar and began. This is what the Lord let’s me do. He let’s me share His heart through music. I am forever grateful that even through the foolish things of the world, (Me!), He can move! May you find the broken places of your heart restored and made new through the power and love of Jesus.

Discography

Full Length CD: "RETURN"
Radio Singles:
"FROM YOU"
"YOU DELIGHT IN ME
"RETURN"

Set List

ORIGINAL Song List:
RETURN
FROM YOU
WAR
GIVE ME VISION
ALREADY A STAR
YOU DELIGHT IN ME
BY HIS GRACE
HEAL THE BROKEN
THE LOOK OF LOVE
LET YOUR HEART LIVE FOREVER
I'M NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL
I WILL GIVE IT ALL
CRY OUT
IF YOU WILL CALL TO ME
I AM INVITED
COME ALIVE IN US

SET LIST:
I can perform 1 or all of my songs.
COVER/WORSHIP SONGS:
I have lead worship for years, so I have a vast song list of worship songs I could lead and share.