plumbIt’s been over a decade since Indianapolis-born Tiffany Arbuckle Lee first adopted the stage name “Plumb.” Five studio albums, more than a dozen #1 hits, and three kids later, she kicks off 2013 with the release of her February slated album, Need You Now. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Plumb via email on the new album, marriage, motherhood, and even chickens.

I love your new album, Need You Now. Share how it differs from your previous projects?

It’s hands down the most powerful record I’ve ever made. I took a lot more time making this one … there was no rush. I was very intentional to use only the most raw emotion for inspiration. In turn, it’s the most honest and transparent record I’ve ever released.

You are returning to the stage after a five-year respite to have your three children. Recently, Flyleaf’s lead singer Lacey Sturm stepped down in order to spend more time with her family. She stated, “I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for Flyleaf.” What advice do you have for her as she enters this new season off-stage?

I never officially stepped down per say. Out of necessity I just had to say no to certain things or said yes so often to others … and that was lived out more as mom than artist. Now that mine are out of diapers, I can put more energy back into my music. My advice would be to not exchange a lot of good for what is best. And if that means “stepping down,” make no apologies to anyone for that. The biggest ministry for anyone is their family and all too often we put that on auto pilot while we “go and love” when our family and our marriages are starving. That’s not faithfulness … so I applaud her for making her family the priority it needs to be.

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Ashleigh Slater is the author of the books, Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage and Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard. She loves to combine the power of a good story with practical application to encourage and inspire readers.