Laurie Solheim

Laurie Solheim

BandChristianSinger/Songwriter

Laurie Solheim's is inspirational contemporary Christian with a folky-pop twist. Her vocals are clear & her lyrics are moving. She sings from her heart with encouragement & hope. Laurie & these studio musicians, based in the Pacific Northwest, recorded at producer, Daniel Christopherson's studio.

Biography

The afternoon of October 4th 2005, I looked out the kitchen window when a sedan pulled up. Two men in trench coats were walked my sister-in-law up my driveway. I went outside and she told me that my brother Dan had been killed in a terrible accident that morning. My knees buckled and I clung to the fence to stand. The details of the accident were vague at that time, but we went inside to call our family one by one with the tragic news.
As it turns out, there were too many odds stacked against him and his passenger, WA State seismologist, Tony Qamar. They were both geologists and were heading out on WA State Hwy 101 to retrieve a GPS unit that was being threatened by a rising creek. On a curve they met their end. A log truck driver on Meth, took his broken truck, overloaded by 7000lbs. 70MPH around the corner. The trailer tipped up on two wheels and the poorly welded cradle could not hold the strain. The logs flung at Dan’s oncoming car, shoved it off the road and flattened it.

Grief of those that knew these two men spread like waves from a stone thrown in a lake.
The year that followed was the worst of my life. It was hard to shake the depression that consumed me. I lived many of my days on auto-pilot. My husband picked up the pieces, and my family clung to each other for support and understanding, I’d walk and talk with his widow, and my church family prayed and upheld us. I was going through the motions of my days as best as I could but I kept on playing in my imagination what Dan must have experienced in his final moments.
A grief counselor suggested that I begin journaling. If I could pour out my pain in writing, it would aid the healing. I would dream of Dan-that it wasn’t really true that he’d died. It was fun to be with him, but by morning he was gone, so I’d wake up crying and write. One day the words I wrote in a letter to Dan started to come with a tune. My comfort was the fact that Dan was in Heaven. He was fine! I needed to get out of my emotional fetal position and live my life with purpose. I realized how many people around me have experienced the jolt of death. I felt compelled that my song could encourage others to go on in their loved ones honor.
God was so faithful to me! He led me to a Craigslist posting, “Aspiring Vocalist Wanted.” Through this posting I met Daniel Christopherson, a gifted producer, songwriter, and guitar player (performed with Guns N’ Roses for MTV). Daniel has assembled a marvelous group of studio musicians. He mentored me through the recording process.
He is a prolific songwriter, and I was honored at the opportunity to write lyrics to some of his beautiful songs.
The hope and energy that came from creating music was uplifting me and healing my spirit. God was allowing the words to come and my thoughts to blossom into song. I would listen to Daniel’s melodies and they started to define themselves. One tune seemed to be wishing something like a benediction. I felt there were things that I’d wish my sons that I wanted to express to them. What in life could I boil down and say to them that in the end would be most meaningful? What would any parent want for their child? From that came “Child I Pray.”
Daniel had titled another tune, Jethro. God allowed me to mis-remember that title; I called it, “Jericho” and began mulling over the story of the Battle of Jericho. God didn’t tell Joshua to go ram the wall down with brute force. Paraphrasing, he said, “Go around it and shout.” I placed that directive into modern day mothering terms. We ask our kids to “use their words” to resolve a conflict. In my lyrics, I implore the people of this world to use their words to tumble down the walls we build. Walls are things that block us from seeing others in need. I want people to ask, “What can I do to make a difference?” We all may not be able to give big like Oprah or Bill Gates, but we can throw away our hate and start where we are to make a change! That song is now called, “Walls.”
In “People We Love,” “the people we love never leave us,” was the phrase Daniel based his melody on. I had several pages of directions that that sentiment was leading. 5am one morning, I woke with the words from 1Cor. 13 “Love is patient, love is kind” singing in my head to the first notes of the tune. I ran to the scriptures and the words leapt into place. The fact that God commands us to love and that loving is so lovely to experience just confirms how awesome His love is for us. The enduring nature of love is a “gift God gives to our souls” whether our loved one is here, away on a journey, moved away, or gone beyond, the sparkle of love remains and blesses us.

Lyrics

You're in Heaven (Dan Song)

Written By: Laurie Solheim & Daniel Christopherson

On a day like any other, they came to me to tell me you were gone...
My world changed that instant, all that things I did to even carry on.
I cried to God, planted trees, lit a candle, cherished family...

The beauty of it all, is you're in Heaven,
You're doin' fine there.... You’re in Heaven.

In my dreams you come to see me, it feels so good to have you by my side.
Quite often you are listening, I tell you what has happened since you died.
We go on hikes, go traveling...your visits seem so real to me,
When I wake it sometimes makes me cry...

Cause you're in Heaven,
Oh how I miss you,
You're in Heaven.

Each day brings healing.
I'm strengthened by the memories of you.
I’ll live in your honor,
Enjoy the journey ‘til my days are through.
You'd say, "Life is fun."
You'd say, "Fun is good."

You're in Heaven,
so I have courage…
You're in Heaven...
I can survive here...
You're in Heaven. You're in Heaven,
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You're in Heaven,
It comforts me to know… You’re in Heaven,
You're in Heaven,
You're in Heaven
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Child I Pray

Written By: Laurie Solheim

Child I sing from my heart
All my love for you and share the dreams,
I wish I could impart.
You’re still young, so I know
these are things you’ll master as you grow.
Yet my heart yearns.

Most of all I hope you know, God loves you
And know dear, I love you.
Let God show the way,
Commit to Him your day
Let His Spirit guide
Child I pray, Child I pray.

I wish you joy,
Wish you peace
Wish you strength to face this life of yours…
With courage and with grace.

I wish you love,
Wish you faith
Hope that these and humor help your days
Now and always.

Most of all I hope you know, God loves you
And know dear, I love you.
Let God show the way,
Commit to Him your day
Let His Spirit guide
Child I pray, Child I pray.

The Lord bless and keep you
His face shine upon you
Be gracious unto you.

The Lord lift His countenance,
In His loving-kindness
May you know harmony

And remember, God loves you
Let God show the way,
Commit to Him your day.
When He shows the way
Return to Him your praise
May God show the way,
Child I pray, Child I pray.

Walls

Written By: Laurie Solheim

As we walk this earthen ball
All around us there are walls
Things that keep us apart
Do we really know why?

What if we knew each other face-to-face?
What if we gave the gift of grace?

Let’s use our words, go round and round
And find a way
To tumble down the walls that we’ve built

What can we do today…
to clear these crazy walls away?
Extend helping hands
Reach to those we can

This human race that we’re in
is not a race for who wins.
What is our ultimate fate?
Our vision needs to be clear.

Is there a way we can co-operate?
Is there a gate to peace here?
Let’s use our words, go round and round
And find the way
To tumble down the walls that we’ve built

What can we do today…
to clear these crazy walls away?
Extend helping hands
Reach to those we can

Put away hate, it’s not too late;
we can make peace, if we try.
Love your neighbor, help a stranger…
Let’s use our words,
Go round and round
Let’s tumble walls down!

What can we do today…(What can we do today…)
to clear these crazy walls away?
Extend helping hands (Extend your hands)
What can we do today…(What can we do today…)
to clear these crazy walls away?
What can we do today…(Extend your hands)
Reach to those we can.

The People We Love

Written By: Laurie Solheim

“The People We Love”
Love is patient
Love is kind
Love doesn’t seek its own

Love rejoices with the truth,
Bears all things, believes all things

And where you put your treasure,
is where your heart will go.
Well, God gave us, for pleasure,
the love in human souls.

The people we love never leave us.
Like a gem that is set in our soul.
It sparkles whenever we think of their name.
The people we love make life whole.

Love has seasons
Loves of many kinds
First our parents then, love throughout our life
“Give love to one another as I have first loved you…”
Love is the great commandment, because love will endure.

The people we love never leave us.
Like a gem that is set in our soul.
It sparkles whenever we think of their name.
The people we love make life whole.

Faith, hope and love, these abide
But the greatest is love.
Love never fails, it endures
So pursue…love with all… your heart.

The people we love never leave us.
Like a gem that is set in our soul.

The people we love never leave us.
God gives this gift to our soul.

The people we love. The people we love. The people we love. The people we love. The people we love…

Discography

Laurie Solheim: Offerings (EP)
"You're in Heaven" recieved a platinum Auddy award and was featured on the Local Music Project on KCMS.

Set List

I have a combination of my four songs which I sing to a background track and cover songs of contemporary Christian artists like Nicole C Mullins, and Amy Grant which I sing with my piano player Lisa Lewis. My inspirational program called "Laurie Solheim Music and Message" is about an hour long.