Who Is Lilly Van Sickle?

I started singing when I was a little girl, but more so at the age of eleven. I always enjoyed singing. I would sing in the hall on the way to class and while I was walking home. I never really pursued singing until I had someone nudge me in the right direction. Everybody needs someone who is willing to nudge them, or sometimes even push them. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of people who believed in me. My youth worship leader, Phil, was the one who sat me down and told me I better do something with the gift that God gave me; not only for my sake, but the for the sake of those around me. I still remember sitting in the back of my mom’s minivan with my youth leaders, on our way to lunch when Phil said, “I just can’t wait anymore, congrats Lilly, you are the first sixth grader to ever make the band!”

My songs are like my thoughts pieced together through rhymes and music. The inspiration for a song can come from a tragic story I just read, a point that I am trying to convey, a situation I am frustrated with, a friend who I care about, a memory or just a scenario that I create. But, what really inspires me to write are my friends. The people I am surrounded by and the people that support me are what make me want to write more and play more, and be a better person in general. I am blessed with a community who cares about and enjoys the music that I make.

My fan base is like the odds and ends drawer, you can find the best stuff in there sometimes. It’s a lot of friends and classmates who I know, but don’t really know. Sometimes people will come up to me at school and say, “Oh I heard your song, and you’re really good!” But for the most part all my ‘fans’ (though I prefer the term ‘friends') are really great. They are really supportive and make me who I am. It is good to feel recognized and it is good to feel understood, that’s why I love writing and connecting with my fans any way I know how.

Hush was definitely a huge game changer in my life and I am very grateful for all those people who heard it but my hope is that it impacts them as much as their support has impacted me. I remember sitting on my bed and writing it, thinking it was crap and then wondering if I would ever sing my kid to sleep to this song. I could never, and will never know the impact my song had when I wrote it, and that's one of the beauties of songwriting I think, is that trusting it will help someone, even if you don't know who. It's kind of like a little letter of encouragement I wouldn't normally get to send. One thing I told myself going to Indiana was that I’m creating something and it's not just so there can be more music in the world, but less world in the music. Everything that has happened with the song Hush has given me a chance to be heard a little more, ironically enough. It has opened up a lot of doors in my life and I thank God every day.

Photo by Ashley Blahnik

Photo by Ashley Blahnik

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"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Hebrews 12:2