Bethel Music’s Amanda Lindsey Cook, 34, retreated to a literal house on a hill for two months in preparation for her new album bearing the same name. She disconnected from social media and reconnected with herself and close friends.
The singer-songwriter, who has been with Bethel for eight years, sat down with Fox News ahead of her New York City show at the Gramercy Theatre, the first of a four-city tour, to talk about her new album “House on a Hill,” opening up about her lifelong battle with anxiety, depression, and self-confidence.
“What’s unique about this album is that I had time to let it change me,” she said. “We wrote it, we recorded it, then we put it in a vault, and I retreated into several spaces.”
Cook took a six-month break from social media. In the house on a hill in Nashville, Tenn., she ordered a mattress on Amazon and picked up a lamp – and that was it. She woke up with the sun and listened to the birds sing.
“It was empty but it didn’t feel lonely. It felt friendly, and when you get quiet things naturally rise to the surface,” Cook said. “For me, the invitation to the house on a hill was a reintroduction to what the gospel is, what good news feels like, sounds like, what it costs, and what it requires, and I think for me it got really simple, it keeps getting increasingly simple. Not easy, but simple.”
Cook and her friend, Steffany Gretzinger, also of Bethel Music and a co-writer for one of the songs, talked about canonizing their season of life in the album.