Chart Beat catches up with Plumb, the singer/songwriter known for a wide-ranging musical palette, which has led to success on multiple Billboard charts
After her recent show at New York's Highline Ballroom, Chart Beat chatted with Plumb, one of the more unique regular visitors to Billboard charts.
Appearing on Christian Albums since 1997, she celebrated her highest rank on the tally in March when "Need You Now" debuted at No. 2. The set's lead single, "Need You Now (How Many Times)," became her first top 10 on Christian Songs, climbing to No. 3 in a 52-week chart run.
Following the track's initial success, "Need" is now scaling Dance/Club Play Songs, where it jumps 27-21 in its fourth week. Plumb has notched three top 10s on the chart, including the No. 1 "Hang On" in 2009. Her first entry on the survey, 2007's No. 3-peaking "In My Arms," also rose to No. 10 on Adult Contemporary in 2008 (in its original ballad form).
Here's your backstage pass to a Chart Beat Meet & Greet with Plumb (who, in the video above, we … almost … stumped when asking her to rank her five favorite songs that she's recorded).
As "Need You Now (How Many Times)" became your highest-charting hit on Christian Songs, does it feel different than other songs you've recorded?
"It feels very different. The bottom fell out of my personal life. My husband and I were on the verge of divorce. It was the darkest, most rock-bottom place I've ever been. But, God never left and didn't let me down for one second. 'Need You Now' was birthed out of how God doesn't grow tired of our need for Him. As He began to put the pieces of my marriage back together, we really made something beautiful out of the ash.
"We reconciled and it's so much better than it's ever been. He's in the business of second chances."
From Christian to AC to dance, you boast uncommon musical versatility.
"I'm not one to walk into a session and say, 'Let's write a pop hit.' I just know how to express what I'm feeling and I know when I think something sounds good. If I love it, I just have to believe someone else will.
"My dad, though, is not into my dance stuff. When fans of my dance songs hear that, they go, 'What?!' "
Your new single is the optimistic "One Drop" (which pushes 28-27 on Christian Songs this week). What's its origin?
"Matt Bronleewe and I wrote it as an entry for a song competition for a commercial campaign. They wanted something hopeful, something summer-y. We came up with a theme of, 'by ourselves we're good, but together we really make a great team.'
"By the way, that campaign went away before they picked a winner … so, just for the record, we didn't lose …