UTR: It has been almost 7 years since you released Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, Vol.1. What inspired you to record Volume 2?
Karin: Full disclosure, I recorded Vol. 1 when I was 42 years old. I’d always wanted to make a record (but never wanted to be a touring artist…) and so this was a passion project of sorts. My two boys were 6 and 3 at the time. I wanted them to see their mom realize a lifelong dream! If I’m honest, I included the “Vol. 1” on the first record with quiet hopes there might be a Vol. 2 somewhere down the road. And now, at 49, Vol. 2 came through several years of deeply inspiring collaboration with my very dear friend, Rachel Wilhelm. Rachel and I had a few handfuls of songs we’d written and we were both leading them in our churches! We were casually recording some of them … and then winter of 2021, I decided to make it official: ask Rachel to wear the producer hat and make a record with me. Thankfully, she agreed!
UTR: We understand the music on Volume 2 is all original. What was the songwriting process like for this record?
Karin: The writing process for this record happened very organically and over time. Once I decided to pull an EP together, Rachel and I looked through my catalog from the last few years and there were some easy choices to round out the “Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs” theme. Crazy enough, everything was written before the pandemic and yet, it still feels so connected as these songs took a on a new life during production.