After taking a five year hiatus from touring to focus on raising her family, Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Plumb returned to release her sixth studio album Need You Now. The disc was originally titled 'Faster Than a Bullet' but the singer renamed it in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. This is the second single from the set.
The song finds Plumb recalling God's help during times when life has got on top of her. "'Need You Now' was born out of anxiety and panic attacks I had as a teenager," she explained. "I've learned over the years that no matter how many times I've cried out to God, for whatever reason, He never grows tired. He never leaves us alone or gives us more than we can carry because he loves us. No matter what we've done. I' m so thankful this song that has helped me, can give hope to others as well."
Plumb penned the song with Luke Sheets and Christa Wells. She told New Release Tuesday: "I've known and loved Christa as a friend for close to 20 years. She is amazing. She has a God-given gift and people should check out anything she's part of, not just with Plumb."
The song was inspired initially about an emotional ordeal Plumb had in high school. She explained to New Release Tuesday: "I was taken back to a place where I struggled with anxiety, and I still have that struggle. In high school, it manifested itself through panic attacks. They were terribly painful stomach cramps that were embarrassing and debilitating, and I would find myself hiding in the restroom quoting Isaiah 41:10 over and over to myself.
God's promise that He is with me, and He won't give me more than I can handle, and I would wonder why my anxiety was so overwhelming. Not just shortness of breath and a sweaty brow, but severe stomach cramps. I would feel like I was dying, and I would actually say to God, "Just take me." It was so unpredictable, I could be in the middle of taking a test, on a date, at camp, out with girlfriends. Because of that, I was even more anxious. It became a real handicap for me. I would cry out to God, 'Please, help me.'
Doctors couldn't fix me, so prayer became my only safety net. God was always there; even in my difficulty I was still breathing in and out. As that would continue, God started to replace my fears with hope. It took years and years, and through medicine and more importantly more confidence in my Creator that would make me less and less anxious. I developed more endurance to make it through the next panic attack. That's a big part of my story. That's one of my wounds."
The song was also inspired by difficulties between Plumb and her husband Jeremy Lee, who is the founder of FlatRock Management: "The bottom fell out of my personal life," Plumb explained to Billboard magazine. "My husband and I were on the verge of divorce. It was the darkest, most rock-bottom place I've ever been. But, God never left and didn't let me down for one second. 'Need You Now' was birthed out of how God doesn't grow tired of our need for Him. As He began to put the pieces of my marriage back together, we really made something beautiful out of the ash."
Plumb and Jeremy are now reconciled. "It's so much better than it's ever been," said Plumb. "He's in the business of second chances."