Rebecca St. James Waited Until Age 33January 1st, 2012 by WTM.org Community
I want to hold out for a great love. I want to go to my wedding night knowing that he’s the only man that I’ve every been with.
Rebecca St. James is one of the most powerful and beloved figures in Christian music, and is well known for her decision to wait until marriage for sex. She’s written books about waiting, hit songs about waiting, and even a book about married life after waiting.
With a career that started when she was only 13 years old, she’s been belting out mega-hit songs and inspiring young people for over twenty years. Few people are this consistently talented and admirable over such a long period; she’s a star by any measure.
Born: July 26, 1977 to father David (a concert promoter) and mother Helen. Her birth name is Rebecca Jean Smallbone.
Age 8: While attending a children’s church group meeting in Australia, she makes a conscious decision to give her heart to God, a moment that she will remember clearly for the rest of her life as “the best decision I ever made.”
Age 9-11: Attends Pacific Hills Christian School in Australia.
Age 12: Writes her first song while still in the eighth grade. Her father, well equipped as a concert promoter to showcase her talent, gets her a gig as the opening act for contemporary Christian music artist Carmen.
Age 13: Releases independent album Refresh My Heart in Australia under the stage name “Rebecca Jean.” Soon after, her father receives a job offer in the US and moves her family to the United States.
Age 15: Signs a contract with with ForeFront Records, who wants her to adopt a stage name. The suggest “Rebecca St. John” but she doesn’t like it (because she has a relative named John). She likes the idea of “St. James,” since James was the name of her grandfather who recently passed away. She calls her grandmother and asks for advice on stage names. Her grandmother immediately suggests “James,” confirming Rebecca’s impulse.
Age 16: Releases her first major label album, the self-titled Rebecca St. James.
Age 17: Releases a secondary EP titled Extended Play Remixes
Age 18: Releases second major album (God). Unlike her previous albums, this one focuses more on rock. Critics like it, and it peaks at #168 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian chart.
Age 19: Nominated for Grammy for Best Rock Gospel Album. To promote her new album, she releases a devotional book called 40 Days with God: A Devotional Journey. Her album God will go on to sell 500,000 copies.
Age 20: Releases a holiday album called Christmas which hits #14 on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian chart.
Age 21: Releases third studio album, Pray. Album hits #168 on teh Billboard 200 and #5 on the Contemporary Christian Chart.
Age 22: Pray wins the Grammy for Best Rock/Gospel Album (the album will eventually sell over 500k copies). Releases song titled “Yes, I believe in God” in memory of the Columbine shooting.
Age 23: Releases fourth album Transform, which hits #14 on the Contemporary Christian Chart. Includes the hits Wait for Me and Reborn. Makes a cameo in Left Behind: the Movie. Re-releases her original devotional book with new layout and five new devotions.
Age 24: Releases new album Worship God to rave reviews. It hits #94 on the overall Billboard 200 (her highest rank yet). Also records a DVD full of interviews that she includes with the album.
Age 25: Writes a book called Wait for Me: Rediscovering the Joy of Purity in Romance, which promotes waiting until marriage for sex, cementing her as a key spokesperson for abstinence. Her book goes on to sell 100,000 copies and spawn a journal and study guide. Releases her first compilation project titled Wait For Me: the Best From Rebecca St. James. includes two new songs including “I Thank You” which peaks at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart, but fails to make the overall Billboard 200.
Age 27: Releases her first live album, Live Worship: Blessed Be Your Name which features 7 new songs and 2 studio recorded songs. Writes and releases new book, SHE: Safe, Healthy, Empowered: The Woman You’re Made to Be. Stars in the stage musical Hero! as a modern-day Mary Magdalene. Also participates in the pop/prock VeggieTales album (by covering the VeggiTales Theme Song).
Age 28: After a break from recording music, returns to studio to record new album If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something. New single “Alive” hits #3 on the Christian Billboard Chart. Goes on Tour with fellow Christian superstars BarlowGirl. Also records the official theme song for the National Day of Prayer. Her longtime label ForeFront Records releases album titled The Early Years that covered ten songs from her early releases. Makes her major film role debut as Colleen in Unidentified.
Age 29: Takes a musical hiatus, while her record company releases lots of successful remixes and compilations.
Age 31: Releases a new devotional book, Pure: A 90-Day Devotional for the Mind, Body, & Spirit.
Age 32: Stars in the film Sarah’s Choice, which was praised by Christian movie critics. Releases a new song titled You’re Alive and a new book, Loved: Stories of Forgiveness. Also wraps up filming on a new movie titled Rising Stars.
Age 33: Boyfriend Jacob Fink proposes on Christmas Day 2010 at her family farm. Parts ways with ForeFront records and releases a ninth album I Will Praise You. She and Jacob Fink are married at the Juniperro Serra museum in San Diego, California just 3 months before her 34th birthday. While he personal life is soaring to new heights, she also stars in two movies: The Frontier Boys and Suing the Devil.
Age 34: Writes and releases new book, “What Is He Thinking?” that is declared a “must-read for every girl who is wondering where all the good guys have gone” by radio host Sean Hannity.
Video: Rebecca St. James explains why she waits
Note: She’s about 31 years old in this video, a year or so before she meets, falls in love with, and marries Jacob Fink.
- http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com – This is a wonderfully resourceful site, BTW.