So Close [new song]


I’ve been writing some new songs. I don’t know what will come of them, but they’re forming up, taking shape, becoming.

I wrote this one awhile back. I’ve held it close because it was written from a very raw place; even listening back to it now, it stings. But it’s the truest story I’ve ever told, and tonight I want to share it.

I’m someone who has always found it very easy to be honest about my pain. Thank you for giving me the space to do so. As it returns, I promise to be honest about my joy, too.



  1. Cecelia on February 12, 2018 at 7:33 PM

    Oh my, Annie. Oh my. So beautiful. Such beauty in the pain. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Dad on February 12, 2018 at 9:20 PM

    Couldn’t see the forest for the trees and. . .

    For the treason. . .

    Both are true. A painful song to hear from my daughter’s lips, but so, so true. Trees and. Treason.

    You’re amazing. And wonderful.

    Love, Dad

  3. Miranda on February 12, 2018 at 9:37 PM

    I just played your song for Brandon minutes before I knew it was posted here because I wanted him to hear how you so beautifully told your story in 3 minutes. I’m so glad you keep writing and sharing because it’s a gift to us all. Love you.

  4. Paul on February 12, 2018 at 10:55 PM

    Beautiful and heartbreaking Annie. I’m so sorry. Feeling similarly pained right now. Praying for us both.

  5. Patty Bradley on February 13, 2018 at 5:33 AM

    First time I’ve ever heard you sing, Annie! Something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to experience!!!! Your voice melts my heart!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you!!!! Your voice needs to be heard!

  6. hallie on February 13, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Annie. ANNIE. Thank you.

  7. Brent on February 13, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Welled up listening to this. Sending you a lot of love. <3<3<3

  8. Sara Johnston on February 13, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Wow, so heartbreaking and beautiful! Gorgeous song. Hugs.

  9. Emily Hill on February 13, 2018 at 9:27 PM

    Such a beautiful song written from a beautiful heart!! Love you friend!!

  10. Monika on February 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Thank you for sharing – it’s vulnerable and tender, and I can see you’re making beauty from ashes.

  11. Peg on February 14, 2018 at 11:27 PM

    Melted my heart – lovely my friend. Ouch – just ouch.

  12. Mandy on February 16, 2018 at 12:06 AM

    You never cease to amaze me by proving beauty is born of ashes. Thank you for allowing us into this sacred place of your heart.

  13. Laura on February 23, 2018 at 8:46 PM

    Ugh, this life is hard. I look forward to the day that Jesus wipes away all our tears

  14. Ap on February 25, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    thank you.

  15. Katie Noah Gibson on March 2, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    So heartbreaking and lovely. Thank you, Annie. (I still hum “First You Cry” sometimes.)

  16. Amanda W on May 2, 2018 at 9:17 PM

    Hearing this for the first time. Loving you more than ever.

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