Sam left the Christian music industry - namely Myrrh Records - when she realized the atmosphere didn't line up with her own views of Christianity. She didn't want to be creatively stifled by the label's narrow views or pigeonholed into being "the Christian Cyndi Lauper." She explained to Magnet Magazine
: "I thought it had become a pretty terrible landscape of phoniness and bad politics and just pinheaded thinking. I felt it didn’t have much to do with God or real spirituality or love or the things I was interested in." She continued talking about her experience in an interview with Songfacts
: "When I got a contract with the Christian recording company, you had to do many variations on one theme, so it was very limiting as a writer. As I grew up, and as my spirituality grew up, a lot of that was just no longer relevant, and I found people got very unhappy in that world when you didn't tell them what they wanted to hear."The Turning
(1987) was her last album as Leslie Phillips.