Shelley Hooper

Shelley Hooper

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Shelley Hooper is a Christian singer/songwriter whose emotional lyrics combine with her folk/rock sound to really make an impact on her listeners. Her instrumental variety sets her apart from the crowd. She is not to be missed!

Biography

Shelley Hooper's debut CD, 'This Dream' has been met with rave reviews:

"Shelley's amazing talent is truly revealed in this debut CD. . . each person who hears her music is deeply touched in some way. Her lyrics have a way of communicating our deepest thoughts in a way that we can't articulate, and reinforces the sense that we all share the same joys, challenges, and feelings."

Shelley is grateful and humbled to use the gifts God has given her to create music that is emotional, driven and compassionate. Her music appeals to a wide audience - from teens to grandparents and she is thrilled when she is able to look out over a "family function" and see all ages interacting with her, each other, and worshipping God.

Her influences include other Christian artists such as Andrew Peterson, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Todd Agnew, Sara Groves & Sandra McCracken.

Lyrics

Lost

Written By: Shelley Hooper

She used to be a Sunday school teacher
Helping others come to Christ
At a young age accepted Jesus
Thought she'd have a different life

And lately she wonders what was it all for
And if there's a God in heaven
What is she still looking for?

She feels lost and so alone
Looking for someplace to call home
She's confused looking everywhere
For someone she fears may no longer be there.

She was a devoted wife and mother
But now her kids are grown and gone
She's not sure what's left of her marriage
Or what held it together for so long.

And lately she wonders what was it all for
This man that she lives with
Doesn't know her anymore.

She feels lost and so alone
Looking for someplace to call home
She's confused looking everywhere
For someone she fears may no longer be there.

Now she's standing in her bedroom
Thinking how the years have slipped away
And she picks up the last of her luggage
'Cause she's run out of reasons to stay

Still she wonders what was it all for
And if there's a God in heaven
How can she walk out that door?

She feels lost and so alone
Looking for someplace to call home
She's confused looking everywhere
For someone she fears may no longer be there.

And we're the ones who change, Lord
While You forever stay the same
So we're either moving closer
or getting further away

And she is lost and so alone
She's confused looking everywhere
God are You still there?

She used to be a Sunday school teacher

Surround Me

Written By: Shelley Hooper

Lord I come to You with a heavy heart
And I'm not even sure where to start
But I know that You are here
Still I can't stop these fears

When it feels so cold and dark
I need your warmth
I need your light
When it seems I've lost all hope
Help me see horses and chariots of fire
That surround me

I know You listen every time I pray
But I don't always know the words to say
But I know that You can hear my thoughts
and I know my cries - they're never lost

When it feels so cold and dark
I need your warmth
I need your light
When it seems I've lost all hope
Help me see horses and chariots of fire
That surround me

And I'd like to thank You, Lord
For sending me horses
For sending me chariots
Thank You for the way You've surrounded me
Every time I need You Lord
Even when I cannot see
You send horses and chariots of fire
That surround me

Last Place I Look

Written By: Shelley Hooper

I turned away from You
'Cause times got tough
And I didn't understand
No, my faith wasn't strong enough

Now I'm looking for answers
I'm not looking to You
'Cause I'm not sure that I'm
Ready for the truth

So I don't pick up my Bible
It just gets dusty on that shelf
I'd rather just keep thinking
I can do this myself
And I don't turn to You Lord
I'm afraid of what I'll hear
And I'd rather just keep running
And live my life in fear

Well I know You're still there
But I'm still sitting here
And it's a long way to go
When my pride interferes

Well I'm not proud that I'm
Stuck here in this place
And a part of me's afraid
I'll find a limit to Your grace

Still I don't pick up my Bible
It just gets dusty on that shelf
I'd rather just keep thinking
I can do this myself
And I don't turn to You Lord
I'm afraid of what You'll say
And I'd rather just keep running
And pretend I know the way

And the first place I should go
is the last place I look

No I don't pick up my Bible
It just gets dusty on that shelf
I'd rather just keep thinking
I can do this myself
And I don't turn to You Lord
'Cause when all is said and done
I'd rather just keep running
Than admit who I've become

Who I've become

Spacious Place

Written By: Shelley Hooper

In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge
Let me not be put to shame
Come quickly, now, to my rescue
As I call on Your name

Be merciful, Lord, for I am in distress
My eyes grow weak with sorrow

But You set my feet in a spacious place
And remind me that my times are in Your hands
And I am filled with the presence of Your grace
‘Cause You set my feet in a spacious place

How great, O Lord, is Your goodness
Which You bestow on me
You keep me safe in Your dwelling
And show Your love to me

Be merciful, Lord, for I am in distress
My eyes grow weak with sorrow

But You set my feet in a spacious place
And remind me that my times are in Your hands
And I am filled with the presence of Your grace
‘Cause You set my feet in a spacious place

Let Your face shine on your servant
Save me in Your unfailing love
Let Your face shine on this servant
Save me in Your unfailing love

And set my feet in a spacious place
And remind me that my times are in Your hands
And I am filled with the presence of Your grace
‘Cause You set my feet in a spacious place

And I am filled with a calm, rejoicing faith
‘Cause You set my feet in a spacious place

Worthy Sacrifice

Written By: Shelley Hooper

She came and anointed His head
With a bottle of costly perfume
Some say she wasted a year’s worth of wages
But she knew that He’d be gone soon

She could not bring a sacrifice
That cost her nothing
‘Cause she wanted to show the depth of her love
She could not bring a sacrifice
That was not worthy
‘Cause she wanted to know she gave all that she could
Lord may I live that way

He came to purchase some land
To build an altar for sacrifice
They said just take what you need
But he wanted to pay the price

He could not bring a sacrifice
That cost him nothing
‘Cause he wanted to show the depth of his love
He could not bring a sacrifice
That was not worthy
‘Cause he wanted to know he gave all that he could
Lord may I live that way

You sent Your only son
To show us the way back to You
You knew that we would reject Him
Still You did what You had to do

You could not bring a sacrifice
That cost You nothing
‘Cause You wanted to show the depth of Your love
You could not bring a sacrifice
That was not worthy
‘Cause You wanted to know You gave all that You could
Lord may I live that way

‘Cause I cannot afford to bring a sacrifice
That costs me nothing
There’s no price too high to pay
Let me live my life that way
Let me show You my love that way

Not What I Expected

Written By: Shelley Hooper

A baby born in a manger
In an animal stall
You were heralded by angels
You’d be the savior of us all

How we hoped You were the answer to our prayers

But You were not what we expected
Not the king we thought we’d need
Will You grow up strong and mighty
Will You somehow set us free?
Will there come a day You’ll wear a crown
And turn this world upside down?
You are not what I expected You to be

Well You were brought into the temple
Presented to the Lord
And for those who had been waiting
They knew they’d seen the Son of God

And how we hoped You were the long-awaited One

But You were not what we expected
Not the king we thought we’d need
Will You grow up strong and mighty
Will You somehow set us free?
Will there come a day You’ll wear a crown
And turn this world upside down?
You are not what I expected You to be

No You were not what I expected
Not the king I thought I’d need
But You grew up strong and mighty
And You somehow set me free
And there came a day You wore a crown
And turned this world upside down
And so much more than I could have imagined
I am finally free
You are not what I expected You to be

Not what I expected
Not what I dreamed
Not what I imagined
So much more than
So much more than I expected You to be

Home

Written By: Shelley Hooper

Three children, two dogs
A house that never stays clean
One husband, two jobs
Still we barely make ends meet

I go to work. I come back home
It’s the same old routine
When did life get so stifling
Have I lost sight of what it means?

What happened to my dreams? Where did they go?
Is this another story that will never be told?
Or is this how it feels to be strangers in a land
And longing for my heavenly home
This is not my home
No, this is not my home

I walk the treadmill, spin the bike
Fast track to going nowhere
Is this a metaphor for my life?
When did I get stuck here?

What happened to my dreams? Where did they go?
Is this another story that will never be told?
Or is this how it feels to be strangers in a land
And longing for my heavenly home
This is not my home

And I know You sent me here for a reason
And You won’t take me ‘till it’s done
But Lord I am tired and weary
Please give me the strength to go on

What happened to my dreams? Where did they go?
Is this another story that will never be told?
Or is this how it feels to be strangers in a land
And longing for my heavenly home
This is not my home
No, this is not my home

This Dream

Written By: Shelley Hooper

There’s a restlessness inside of me
A feeling I can’t ignore
It’s the something just outside my grasp
I’m always longing for

And I thought that I could out-run it
But it’s chasing me down
And I thought that I would outgrow it
It keeps coming back around

This isn’t just any dream
Could it be that You breathed it in me?
Is this the me I was made to be?Could it be that Your purpose for me
Includes this dream?

Now I wonder how I go from here
It seems there’s no going back
How can I overcome my fears
Face the giants in my path

What if I cannot do it
The hard choices I face
What if You tire of waiting
And send someone else in my place

This isn’t just any dream
Could it be that You breathed it in me?
Is this the me I was made to be?Could it be that Your purpose for me
Includes this dream?

And You say, “Child trust me for this”
And You say, “This is waiting for you
Come take My hand
I want to lead you to your promised land”

This isn’t just any dream
Could it be that You breathed it in me?
Is this the me I was made to be?Could it be that Your purpose for me
Includes this dream?
Inside of me

Superwoman

Written By: Shelley Hooper

Alarm goes off and my feet hit the floor
Brr that’s cold
Maybe I could just lie back down
For a minute or two or an hour more

And I lie there and pray that You would give me the strength
To make it through another busy day

When I’m super tired and super weary
And super late once more
And I’m super hungry, no time for breakfast
I’m headed out the door
And I’m super busy, life just keeps on coming
Yeah, you guessed it, I’m superwoman

I’m on my way and my car grips the road
Whoops too fast
Maybe I should just lift my foot
And turn down that song and take it slow

And I sit there and pray that You would give me the patience
To survive another busy day

When I’m super tired and super weary
And super late once more
And I’m super worried, I can’t remember
Did I lock my front door?
And I’m super busy, life just keeps on coming
Yeah, you guessed it, I’m superwoman

And I think I might be missing something
I do not have time for You today
And I think I must be missing something
You did not intend for us to live this way

When we’re super tired and super weary
And super late once again
And I’m super worried, I think I lost my
Brand new favorite pen
And I’m super hungry and super thirsty
I’m just now sure what for
And I’m super sure I just remembered I know I locked my door
And I’m super busy life just won’t stop coming
I almost forgot, I’m superwoman

Faithfully

Written By: Shelley Hooper

You’ve shown me a path down a road I’m scared to take
Is it lack of trust or is it lack of faith?
And what difference does it make either way?

I want it so badly I’m afraid to try
What if Your plan’s not the dream I have in mind?
Remind me Your ways are better than mine

Your faithfulness, it never ends
And yet it’s still surprising me
I know You have a plan for me
And I know Your arms will hold me
Faithfully, faithfully

Because You’ve called me I must follow You
But I’m afraid I’ve got some changing to do
I know that You can ease my growing pains

Lord, forgive me that I’ve questioned this
I’m still so amazed by Your faithfulness
You show me what Grace really is

Your faithfulness, it never ends
And yet it’s still surprising me
I know You have a plan for me
And I know Your arms will hold me
Faithfully, faithfully

This isn’t quite Ninevah
And it sure isn’t Jerusalem
But it’s still a place that I don’t want to go
But if I need to leave what’s comfortable
It sure feels good to know….

Your faithfulness, it never ends
And yet it’s still surprising me
I know You have a plan for me
And I know Your arms will hold me
Faithfully, faithfully

Thank You for being a God of faithfulness
Thank You for being a God of faithfulness
Even when I’m not faithful to You Lord
You’re still faithful to me
And I know You have a plan for me
And I know Your arms will hold me
Yes I know Your arms will keep me Lord
Faithfully, faithfully, faithfully

Discography

This Dream

Set List

Typically a concert contains around 2 hours worth of music. Most music is original. Some other contemporary Christian covers, such as Jill Phillips or Sara Groves.