Plumb assignment: Lone female on 2014 Winter Jam concert tour brings honesty to her music

Contemporary Christian recording artist Plumb is among the performers to be featured in the Winter Jam 2014 concert set for Feb. 1 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: January 24, 2014
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While her stage name conjures up visions of something sweet, contemporary Christian recording artist Plumb is known for her refusal to sugarcoat life's realities.

She said everyone faces challenges and struggles, and all need God and the hope that He brings.

“Everybody has a moment in their life or sometimes many moments, where you need God more than you've ever needed Him before,” Plumb said in a recent telephone interview.

The Indianapolis native will visit Oklahoma City as part of the 2014 Winter Jam concert set for 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.

Plumb, aka Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, 38, juggles her role as recording artist with that of a wife and mother of three. In 2005, she took a hiatus of sorts to spend time with her family. She returned to the music scene in full force with the song “Drifting” in 2011, then the popular single “Need You Now” in 2012. The single rose to the top of the Billboard and iTunes gospel charts and continued to resonate with fans throughout 2013 when her album of the same name was released in February.

The recording artist recently spoke about her latest album, her songwriting and future.

Q: “Need You Now,” the title track from your most recent album, was popular, judging from its rise up the contemporary Christian music charts. Why do you think the song seemed to resonate with people?

A: I think the reason why it resonated with listeners is because it's a prayer that you scream at the top of your lungs. Most specifically, everybody has a moment in their life or sometimes many moments, where you need God more than you've ever needed Him before. Whether you have grown up in a church or whether you have lived life in a church or are away from the church or you call yourself a Christian or not, there are just moments in your life where you're like “Oh God, help me.” ... I think the hope in it is that He always shows up, because He never leaves. He just absolutely never leaves, so no matter what that circumstance is, you can know that He's there and you can know that He's with you. This song is just full of hope, and that hope, in my experience, is oxygen we all need to breathe. No matter where you're at on your spiritual journey, this is a song that you can connect with in the darkest of your night.

Q: Early in your career some people said your music might be too dark or too edgy. How did you keep going in the face of that criticism?

A: To be honest, just confidence in who I am and who I was created to be. That's not going to fit into certain people's ideals. I've seen artists, lots and lots of different artists, unapologetically and passionately express themselves and not in a arrogant way but rather a constant way of just saying this is who I am and this is what I believe and this is what I'm about; some of you are going to love it and some of you are going to hate it and that's actually OK.

Q: Do you think that the type of raw honesty that you bring to many of your songs is needed right now?

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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