Blanca – Unity Main Stage Presented by Country Dairy – 2017

Blanca

Appearing on Unity Main Stage Presented by Country Dairy – 2017 – Friday, August 11, 2017

For most of our lives, we associate who we are with where we are. Be it a house, a job, a relationship…it’s natural to let our surroundings define us. Sooner or later, we often forget that we even have an identity beyond where we are and what we do.If and when the familiar goes away, we have a choice—lose ourselves alongside everything else or rediscover who we’ve been all along.Powerhouse vocalist Blanca has chosen the latter, as she boldly states in her self-titled debut, BLANCA. The last few years of her life have been anything but familiar. She got married, gave birth to her son and launched a solo career outside of Group 1 Crew, with whom she had spent her entire professional life. Virtually overnight, everything she knew was gone. In the strange unfamiliar, Blanca had a choice—hand her identity over to the past or dare her heart to believe what her head already knew—she was loved, she had purpose and she had a future.“The thought of dropping something that’s working, like Group 1 Crew, was so scary,” she says. “But, with a lot of prayer, over time, the birth of my son became not only the birth of my child, but the birth of a new chapter. Anyone who knows me knows that is pretty big. I’ve always been a fearful person. And the thought of stepping out was scary for me, but I had promised the Lord that if He said go, I would go. For so long I just wanted to sing and hide behind that, but I’m discovering that I don’t just have a voice; I actually have something to say. This is my journey and my ministry and I can choose to take this as far as I want, but it relies on me sharing my heart.”With resolve and focus unlike she’d experienced before, Blanca did just that. More than any other time in her life, she was more than a voice. She was a writer. She lent creative ideas. She dared herself to confront the parts of her that had been hidden from view, put them to a rhythm and reveal her true self to the rest of the world one song at a time.“It was so hard at first,” she says. “I had to break through a lot of creative blocks. Vulnerability can paralyze you. And there’s always that question of, ‘What if I fail?’ lingering in the background. Finally, I just went for it and let my guard down. I allowed the truth to set in and really started believing that I was enough. I was able to put it down on paper and I found my mission statement. I wanted to see the things I’ve gone through as part of who God has made me to be. One of the statements I found myself repeating was, ‘Be real, be true, be you.’

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