20 Something Song for Discerning Women: To the Water by Shellee Coley

by Sister Julie Ann on July 1, 2015

Looking for music that encourages action in decision-making?  Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s free July song is Shellee Coley’s To the Water. Grateful for the blessing of hope, this lyrical prayer calls for sensitivity to the graces of refreshment and healing in our lives.

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I wrote “To The Water” after reading a book called Anam Cara by John O’Donohue.  There was a section in the book on water and the connectivity it brings to one’s faith.  So may times in faith based music, we hear of people going to water for comfort, cleansing, questions, answers and new life.  Water is symbolic in almost every major religion and I just wanted to capture the fluidity and vastness of it’s meaning and symbolism in this song.  It is by far one of my favorite songs I have ever written and recorded.  I hope listeners will step into it and feel as if they have experiences a moment of healing and cleansing.

-Shellee Coley

About Shellee Coley

Franciscan Sisters July feature Shellee ColeyShellee has been pursuing music most of her life in one way or another.  She attended college at Belmont University in Nashville and got her start as a writer there, but it wasn’t until after having two children, that she really began to pursuing her career as an artist. Since 2009, she’s put out 3 studio projects with Jeffery Armstreet of Magnolia Red/ Red Tree Studios.  She’s played shows with such prominent artists as James McCartney, Teri Hendrix, Susan Gibson, Gretchen Peters, Greg Laswell and Karla Bonoff.

Since 2012 she’s been working with young songwriters, doing camps and private classes with Real Life Real Music, as well as her own company called Circle Sessions, mentoring young women in their creative endeavors. In the past two years she has spent most of her time playing regionally, but also toured through Tennessee, North Carolina and up the East Coast, having the wonderful privilege of opening for Mark Germino at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as being one of the featured supporting songwriters at the 2014 Dripping Springs Songwriter’s Festival.  She is currently working on a new single, with an EP slated to follow in late 2015. (Photo by Trish Badger)





OFFICIAL VIDEO: Conversations with Z LATEST PROJECT RELEASE:  SONGS WITHOUT BRIDGES Explanation of Acoustic Project: LATEST SINGLE: To the Water LIVE PERFORMANCE LINKS: Live at The Kessler Theatre, Dallas, Tx Live at KPFT, Houston, Tx Live at Dosey Doe, The Woodlands, Tx

PRESS AND REVIEWS: Houston Press Review of “Songs Without Bridges” http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2014/06/songs_without_bridges.php Space City Rock Review of “Songs Without Bridges” http://www.spacecityrock.com/2014/11/06/shellee-coley-songs-without-bridges/ Billboard Spotlight Interview http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/489316/spotlight-wait-is-over-for-shellee-coley Review of Previoust Album, “Where it Began” http://www.musicnewsnashville.com/shellee-coley-%E2%80%93-where-it-began/

8 thoughts on “20 Something Song for Discerning Women: To the Water by Shellee Coley”

  1. Sister Elena Gonzales, OSF says:

    I enjoyed the song. It reminded me of a celtic song merging with contemporary music. I saw the whispering as Christ calling us to be refreshed in Him.

  2. Sister Kathleen Murphy, OSF says:

    This song seems so Franciscan and so faith-full. I can hear Francis’ call to Sister Water in the lyrics as well as that obedient spirit Francis so longed for. There is such a powerful willingness to wait, to listen in the song. Sometimes we want our answers from God right here and right now and in the right way for me to understand. This song speaks so beautifully of the patience and the faithfulness of just going to the water and listening and waiting for whatever way the Lord wishes to speak to our hearts. Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water!

  3. Sr. Veronica says:

    This song reminded me of retreat at St. Norbert’s walking along the Fox River in the early morning. Sometimes the water was quiet, making one listen and in the stillness, quietness one hears. Sometimes the water was splashing, making one be urgent to listen. Also the song reminds me of Scripture: Psalm 63-My soul longs for you…Daniel’s canticle: seas and rivers, bless the Lord. The Lord comes in whispers and if we listen, He will show us His beauty in many ways through creation, Scripture, etc.

  4. Sister Theresa Feldkamp, OSF says:

    I enjoyed this song. The lyrics and the music are very prayerful and call forth a deeper yearning to be more closely united to our God. I agree with Sister Kathleen that it’s references to nature make it truly Franciscan. I’ve always loved water. It is always very calming to me and images the overwhelming love of our God that cleanses and renews us.

  5. Sister Marcolette Madden, OSF says:

    What a beautiful song! It has a lilt to it as well as a sense of yearning and hope: “My soul longs for you in a land where the wells are few.” “I’ll wait for your voice to come set me free!” It seems we are born with an innate attraction to water – especially children who always find the puddles to slosh through. This song rekindles in me a renewed appreciation for the sacrament of Baptism.

  6. Sister Carla says:

    This song transported me to the edge of Silver Lake where I have often sat to wait and listen for my God to speak to my heart . Water is healing and quieting yet ever moving reminding me that God is always there but in new and fresh ways to revive me.

  7. Sister Marcolette Madden says:

    What a beautiful song that expresses such yearning for refreshment and inner freedom. It renews in me an appreciation for the sacrament of Baptism.

  8. Sr. Delores says:

    Water pulls at my soul. Thank you for the gift of this song. May water continue to call us closer to Christ. He refreshes us, as nothing else can.

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