When singer/songwriter JJ Heller’s dreams of playing college basketball didn’t exactly pan out, her love of all things creative eventually led her to pick up a guitar during her sophomore year in college.
Interestingly enough, she also met her future husband, a fellow musician David Heller that same year, and the couple soon began playing her songs together in the San Francisco Bay area.
Her breakthrough came out of a request from Diana Drexler, a contestant on "So You Think You Can Dance?" Drexler requested “Your Hands,” and was soon played on radios across the country. It represents an honest reflection of God’s continued presence in our lives, even when the going gets tough.
“I feel called to be honest about what’s going on in my life—to talk and sing about the struggles that I face so that my listeners realize that they are not alone,” JJ shares. “For some reason, Christians (including myself) sometimes think, ‘If I’m following the Lord and doing the best I can, that life will be easy,’ and it’s not. That’s where grace comes in, and that’s where we grow.”
Her newest single "What Love Really Means," off the album When I'm With You, reminds listeners that the love God shows us is unconditional, and unlike any love that can be shown in this world.
Steven Curtis Chapman