LIVEtheLIFE Magazine is humbled to have this week with us up-and-coming CCM star KATIE GIGUERE. Her new single, I Lift Up My Eyes, is setting Christian adult contemporary radio ablaze with its soaring vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and universal message. Katie, also a published author whose book, Being the Fat Girl, has touched the lives of countless teenage girls throughout the United States and North America with its message of hope, acceptance, and inspiration, sits down with us to talk about life, love for Jesus, and the joy of children, regardless of whether they’re yours biologically or not. Katie, we’re honored and we thank God that you’ve found time to chat with us, if even just through email correspondence. How does it feel to know that your music is reaching across thousands of miles to inspire teens and young adults in the Philippines, miles away from where you are?

KATIE GIGUERE: I am just blown away! I’m so excited to be able to share my story with people all over the world. God is so good! I’m also humbled that my music is an inspiration to God’s people. How blessed I feel to have this ministry! I Lift Up My Eyes is such a sweet song of hope and love – and we can’t hide our excitement with its growing success. Can you tell us about how you came to record I Lift Up My Eyes?

KATIE GIGUERE: Of course! I was part of a project last year called Sing Unto The Lord: The Psalms of David for Daily Living. I wrote a song for the project called based on Psalm 5 called Just By Your Mercy. The publisher was so excited about the song that they chose to produce a whole new project called Just By Your Mercy: 25 Ageless Psalms for Life’s Journey, based on my song! I was so honored! They asked me to write one more song for that project, and that is how I Lift Up My Eyes came about. My father and I collaborated and wrote the song based on Psalm 121. As a rule, do you write your own songs or do you collaborate with songwriters? How does Katie Giguere go about writing a song?

KATIE GIGUERE: As a rule, I collaborate. I do some writing with my dad, or I write the “bones” of a song and he helps me embellish. The only song I have done with absolutely no input from anyone else is Just By Your Mercy. I literally looked at the Scripture and changed as little as possible. I did have to make some changes to make it fit a contemporary melody, but honestly, I just wanted to relay God’s message as He gave it thousands of years ago. You wrote a book, Being the Fat Girl, about your struggle with (and eventual triumph) over a variety of issues, including low self-esteem, obesity, and insecurity. Obviously, writing this book would mean having to revisit some of those memories. What kept you going when writing the book?

KATIE GIGUERE: I know God has called me to share my story, and that is what made me do it. I wasn’t that nervous, to be honest. I always say that in my ministry, all I have is the truth. And Being the Fat Girl is my truth…my life. It was definitely emotional, but it was freeing at the same time. It was kind of therapeutic to be able to go back and make peace with all of the painful memories. Tell us how you found Jesus Christ.

KATIE GIGUERE: My parents were saved on Easter when I was 5 years old. I learned about his Jesus at church for a few months, and I made the decision to ask Jesus to be my Savior in my mom’s car on the way to first grade. It was my 6th birthday. Are there any particular ministries, groups, or organizations that are close to your heart?

KATIE GIGUERE: Absolutely. I have done some work with teen suicide prevention groups, and that has always touched my heart. I believe that so many suicides in young people could be prevented if we someone was there to share God’s message of hope and self-esteem. I hope I have made a difference in that way.

Also, I am counting down the days until I am able to adopt a child. I have always had a place in my heart for orphans and God was merciful to provide me with a fiancé who has a heart for adoption as well. Definitely in the future, we will explore the different avenues toward adoption, and God willing, we will be able to provide a home for a child who needs love. One great organization that helps with adoptions is What are some of your favorite Bible verses?

KATIE GIGUERE: Jeremiah 29:11 (For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.) and Ecclesiastes 3:11 (He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.), definitely. Could a visit to the Philippines be somewhere in the near future? 😀

KATIE GIGUERE: I would LOVE to visit the Philippines! If there is any way my ministry could make that happen, I would JUMP at the opportunity! Thank you so much for your time, Katie. Any parting words for Christian teens and young adults in the Philippines?

KATIE GIGUERE: Thank you so much for having me! It was so much fun! God is faithful. Sometimes trying to succeed can be a struggle, and there might be some tears along the way, but God can make a way! If a “fat girl” can make it in the music industry, then you can achieve your dreams, too! God bless you richly!

Visit Katie Giguere’s official website.

Click here to request I Lift Up My Eyes on The Edge radio in Manila, Philippines.