When you listen to Katy Nichole’s soul-stirring new hit single “Hold On,” you’re hearing more than just a song. It’s an intimate, deeply personal testimony of a journey from the edge of despair back to hope and life.
22-year-old singer and songwriter Katie Nichole has had her fair share of battles, struggling with chronic illness and depression. The dark fog that settled around her life led her to the brink of suicide. But it was in that deepest valley of despair, she discovered a powerful lifeline – faith in God. This transformation of pain into purpose, darkness into light, is vividly encapsulated in her latest hit, “Hold On”.
Katie’s life was marred by intense suffering from chronic illness and the debilitating despair that came with it. At her lowest, she found herself holding a bottle of pills, contemplating an end to it all. Yet, in this darkest hour, Katie says she heard God’s voice, a message of hope that would become the central theme of her new hit, “Hold On”. God’s voice telling her, “Hold on. I’m not done yet”, ignited a supernatural strength within her, enabling her to see beyond the immediate pain and despair.
This moment of divine intervention was the birth of her third radio single, “Hold On”, a piano-driven song beautifully adorned with strings, a part of her debut full-length album, “Jesus Changed My Life”. “This song was written over so many seasons of my life. It’s been probably eight or nine years in the making”, Katie shares.
Smoke clouds all around
Couldn’t see your face
Darkness consumed me
Stuck in the bitterness
But I know there’s a light
That’s waiting up ahead
So, I’ll stay in the fight
And look to the one who said
The song “Hold On” reminds us that suffering and pain are not the end, but rather a pathway to discovering a bigger picture – the transcendent love and plan of God. Her experience mirrors the journey of many Christians who find their faith tested in times of hardship, only to emerge stronger, with renewed belief and understanding of God’s love.
The performance of the song reflects this message beautifully. Katie, dressed in a stunning crystal blue gown, sings as her future self, telling a story of hope and perseverance. The song’s music video brilliantly brings her story to life, depicting her battle with the demons of depression and her journey from despair to faith. Her future self sings in the midst of a framed portrait of a dark forest, a metaphor for her past struggles, while her present self steps into the picture, towards the hope and promise of her future.
Hold on just a little bit longer
I know it’s gonna be okay
These days are gonna make you stronger
You’ll find purpose in the pain
Hold on just a little bit longer
Deep down there’s a well of faith
Let hope arise as you’re lifting up my name
And just hold on
Just hold on, hold on
Just as Katie found solace and strength in her faith during her darkest times, she hopes listeners will find a lifeline in “Hold On” too. She reminds everyone going through a similar struggle, “Believing there was a light at the end of the tunnel was the best thing I ever could have done for myself.” This message of hope, delivered through her hauntingly beautiful lyrics and powerful performance, aims to reach out to those battling with their own personal storms.
Just as Katie did, we are encouraged to “hold on” through our darkest hours, knowing that God is with us and that a new dawn awaits.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)