“Draw Me Close” Turns 20

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years, but it has. I wrote what has become my signature song, “Draw Me Close, in January of 1994. I came home from church on a Sunday, January 9th to be exact, and felt somewhat discouraged. I had been pouring all of my energy into my “ministry”, the worship/music department at Northwest Community Church in Kirkland, Washington. I had plans. I was ambitious. And yet, although I was doing all this stuff ostensibly for God, I felt somewhat disconnected. So, this song was birthed out of that sense of loss and discouragement.

Unlike most of the other worship songs I wrote at the time, I rarely ever sang this one at our church. It was such a personal song that I was afraid that if I did it too much, it would start to lose its impact for me. As the years rolled by, whenever I would participate in some event, I would always be called upon to sing “my” song, and there were times when I would resent not being asked to do any of my other songs. But these days I have nothing but great appreciation for how much this song has been used and to know that I had some small part in people being blessed by it, that means more to me than I can express.

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4 Responses to “Draw Me Close” Turns 20

  1. Thank you for the talent and thank you for sharing with us.

  2. Bonifacio Gulla says:

    Thank you, Kelly, for this wonderful and so inspiring song. It still lives today; I often hear it on Pandora.

  3. jack lasey says:

    can this song be obtained any place with Kelly singing it. Draw me close.

    • I’m not sure if the original version, which I sang on, is available anywhere. It was originally on a Vineyard recording, “Touching the Father’s Heart – #20 – The River is Here”. You could search around for it on the current Vineyard catalog at http://www.vineyardworship.com. There were two primary versions, the one I sang on, and a live recording sung by my good friend, Andy Park. All to say, looking around for the song, you are more likely to find Andy’s version. The only other recording of me singing on it is the YouTube video shown on this post. Blessings, Kelly

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