Singer/Songwriter Rachael Lampa was awarded her first K-LOVE Fan Award for her song "Perfectly Loved" ft. TobyMac in the Breakout Single category. The fan-voted awards were taped at the iconic Opry house on May 28 and aired on TBN on June 2. Lampa also performed her award-winning song at the show, and was nominated for three total categories.
"Perfectly Loved" was co-written with Andrew Ripp and Ethan Hulse and released on Holly Street Records. It was promoted by Boxer Poet / Chris Hauser.
"This has been such a sweet and healing season in so many ways," Lampa shared after winning. "Being able to share who God is to me and for it to resonate with others is so redeeming of the past 10-plus years of not doing music. And being able to do this all while spending sweet time with my babies and family and community, what a gift."
"Perfectly Loved" was Lampa's comeback song after a long break from doing her own music. The No. 1 song was inspired by both her inner-healing journey and her work in prison ministry with a nonprofit that is founded and run by her family, called People Loving Nashville. This has become a theme for many of her new songs, including "Wild Ones" and her newest release, "Somebody To You."
She continues, "My song, 'Perfectly Loved,’ actually came about at a time when I was not thinking about doing music again; it was not on my radar. I was spending a lot of time with my family’s nonprofit. Serving people experiencing homelessness, incarceration and other struggles. I was telling them about some of the women in the prison I was working with, and how their love for God was brought to life again – it made me think about 14-year-old me. About the little girl who started to believe over time that, the more I accomplished, the more I performed, the more success I had, and the more worthy of the love that I was – if I ever messed up, I would ruin it all. This song is sort of a letter to those girls in prison, but also a letter back to young Rachael. About how God’s love is so perfect that we don’t have to fight for it, we don’t have to earn it. It is so cool to look in hindsight and see how God’s love followed me all the way through and finds me now. His love is perfect! We are made from it, we are made for it, and there is nothing we can do to lose it. "
More About Rachael Lampa
Lampa has seen music industry success since she was 14 years old, with multiple No. 1s, seven albums, TV appearances, and years of touring with the top Christian and mainstream artists. At what seemed like the height of her career, and at the age of 20, she walked away from her record deal with both a feeling of burnout and a sense of curiosity after spending most of her teen years on a tour bus.
Over the next few years, the Colorado-native-turned-Nashvillian continued to release music independently, appeared on NBC’s “The Sing Off” with other Nashville artists, and toured in a more “out of the spotlight” way as a background singer with Jordin Sparks and later with Hozier.
During the pandemic in 2020, Lampa started to dream again and, from what started as a conversation between a couple of friends at a Bible study, new music was born.
“I finally feel like I am making music out of a place of freedom, instead of striving,” Lampa said. “A lot of my identity was wrapped up in achievement and performance when I was younger. Now I just feel like I get to do it because I enjoy it, and I get to make music about things I care about and love.”
Even while her own story continues to unfold, her driving passion is to elevate the stories of those around her, using the vehicle of soul-filled music to help her access hearts in a way nothing else could. Her new music is an organic continuation of Lampa’s journey, both musically and lyrically, and is bridging the gap between the fans that grew up with her and some brand-new ones, too.