The Case For Christ: Songs Inspired By the Original Motion Picture is an album by DREAM Records in connection with the film, The Case For Christ, based on Lee Strobel’s best selling book of the same name. Both the film and the songs-inspired album released on April 7, 2017. The album features songs from some of the largest church worship teams in the world such as NewSpring Worship, New Hope Oahu, Lakewood, Seacoast Worship, G12 and many more. Cindy Ratcliff from Lakewood Church, wrote and sang the song, I Believe. Cindy has taken some time to speak to us today. Follow our chat below!
Miranda ~ Hello Cindy! Delighted to have you here on TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Cindy: A true Texas girl, my family is my main focus, raised in a conservative pastor’s family, traveled the world in music ministry, committed to the local church, worked for Joel Osteen Ministries for 18 years, been a published songwriter since age 9, and, love to cook!
Miranda ~ Describe the first moment you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. What was the experience like?
Cindy ~ At age 5 after a service where my Dad preached, I knew I needed Jesus. My Dad explained thoroughly what it meant to make Jesus my Savior, then he lead me in the sinner’s prayer, and I gave my heart to the Lord. I’ll never forget it.
Miranda ~ How would you describe your journey as a singer/songwriter? How has your journey drawn you closer to God and made you a better person?
Cindy: My journey has been an ebb and flow journey…when my walk with My Savior has been strong, it’s reflected in my gift. Many times I can say, though, that at my lowest moments, God has spoken to me through a song I’ve written to remind me of His love, care, and commitment.
Miranda ~ What particularly about the story of The Case for Christ inspired you to choose the lyrics you selected for your song, I Believe?
Cindy: I would say the scene where Lee’s standing in front of his “wall” and contemplating the facts that he’s found. The lyrics in the verses are possibly what he might have said to himself, and the choruses are what he then would say to the Lord. Then to me the bridge might be what he would declare to the world.
Miranda ~ In your opinion, what would you say is the difference between the mainstream and Christian music industry? What would you like to see change in the Christian music industry?
Cindy: Obviously the main difference is the content of lyric and the Holy Spirit-breathed life found in Christian music. I’d like to see the industry not be so exclusive.
Miranda ~ What are you most grateful for—generally/right now?
Cindy: My family and our health, and the opportunity to live where we can freely worship our Savior.
Miranda ~ What advice would you give to anyone who believes they’ve been called by God to go into music?
Cindy: Double check to make sure God called you…haha! Then go after it with all of your heart, and keep that heart pure…music tends to make us really transparent. When your heart isn’t pure, what pours out of it, most people can tell it’s toxic.
This is That (The Fun Questions!)
Coffee, Tea or Mocha? Mocha
Boots or Sandals? Boots
Chocolate or Vanilla? Swirl
Vegetables or Fruits? Both
Juice or Smoothie? Smoothie
Music or Books? Music
Gym or Outdoor? Outdoor
Leather Jacket or Blazer? Leather Jacket
Thank you, Cindy, for stopping by today!
About Cindy Cruse Ratcliff
Cindy Ratcliff’s music career was launched at the early age of 6 when she began touring with her parents and older siblings as the youngest member of “The Cruse Family.” Not long after, she became the youngest licensed ASCAP songwriter at the age of nine, and went on to sign with CBS Records at age 19.
Known to many as America’s Worship Leader, Cindy has served as the Director of music and senior worship leader for Ps. Joel Osteen & Lakewood Church for more than a decade. Through this platform, Cindy shares the unconditional love and hope of Jesus through music with viewers from everywhere. Reaching out to millions across America and around the world, the TV program is the No. 1 Nielsen-rated inspirational program in America.
Cindy’s recorded several live albums with the Lakewood team, as well as, a collaborative Christmas CD with The Houston Symphony. Building on the success of her critically acclaimed solo album “Twenty Three,” she released her sophomore project, “Heaven Raining Down” in the spring of 2014 through her label, RPM Music, co-owned with husband and executive producer Marcus Ratcliff. Working in collaboration with Capitol Records and L.A. based Dream Music Group, “Heaven Raining Down” climbed to #2 on the Billboard Music Charts, the radio single “God Alone” topped at #12 on radio, and the album is gaining popularity around the world.
Cindy’s enjoyed performing in such iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Staples Center, Yankee Stadium, O2, and Wembley Arenas. In addition to her US events, she’s also enjoyed recent tours to such nations as the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, The Philippines, and South Africa.
Cindy lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Marcus Ratcliff. Cindy and Marcus have three children: Windsor, Merrick, and Emory, whom they consider to be their greatest treasure.