Potter & Clay

by Jaylene Johnson

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    Jaylene Johnson's fourth studio release, recorded at Signpost Music and produced by Murray Pulver. Warm, acoustic, authentic, soul-nourishing folk/pop music. Digipak with gorgeous artwork by award-winning graphic artist, Roberta Renee Hansen. 12 original tracks.

    By the time the first chorus of the opening song played I said to myself ‘Oh my - this is seriously good!’...The album has just the right amount of push and pull with tempo shifts, mood changes, with solid musicianship warming the centre and serving these 12 stellar songs. ‘Let The Silence Speak’ moved me to tears... Brian Doerksen


    ...there's a lovely settledness about this project that you recognize in an artist who has come into her own. The songs are beautifully crafted and performed— the sort that draw you into that liminal space where newness and insight are sometimes found. Steve Bell

    What happens when a pro songwriter converges at the point of faith, suffering and truth-telling? Potter & Clay is what happens. Jaylene has heartbreakingly and beautifully outdone herself at the meeting place of craftsmanship and the human journey. Alana Levandoski

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"Not too long ago my husband and I had a chance to listen to Potter & Clay on repeat as we road-tripped our way through the twisting mountain pass between Vernon and Vancouver. I don't know if we could have had a more perfect soundtrack. Jaylene's poetic, honest, winsome documentation of her own winding journey seemed to intersect perfectly with our own. There's just so much truth-telling packed into the lyrics, melodies, vocals and arrangements here, I can't imagine these 12 songs won't be good companions on your journey, too. 

You must get this album. Road trip optional, but highly recommended." Carolyn Arends

"By the time the first chorus of the opening song played I said to myself ‘Oh my - this is seriously good!’...The album has just the right amount of push and pull with tempo shifts, mood changes, with solid musicianship warming the centre and serving these 12 stellar songs. ‘Let The Silence Speak’ moved me to tears..." Brian Doerksen


"I want to commend Jaylene Johnson’s new project, Potter & Clay, to you. Jaylene is a veteran musician and songwriter with several album projects to her credit already, but I think this particular project will be a defining moment in her career. Sonically it’s gorgeous, the performance and production elegant, and the songwriting exquisite. It is a moving piece of work that deserves a wide hearing." Steve Bell

"Every single note and every single word in this cd is magnificent! Love the songs, love the singing, love the production- and love the John Bailey mixes. Kudos to Jaylene and her creative team- this is a stunning album- some of her best work!" Amy Sky

"What happens when a pro songwriter converges at the point of faith, suffering and truth-telling? Potter & Clay is what happens. Jaylene has heartbreakingly and beautifully outdone herself at the meeting place of craftsmanship and the human journey." Alana Levandoski

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released October 7, 2016

Produced by Murray Pulver and Jaylene Johnson and recorded at Signpost Music. All songs written by Jaylene Johnson (SOCAN/ASCAP). All rights reserved.

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Track Name: Fallin
Fallin’
©2015 Jaylene Johnson

There are things I've done that I never should've done
Things I've said, I never should've said
I can't forget, it's messing with my head
The things I've done, the things I've said

I'd be telling lies if I said that I’d be good
That every time I do everything I should
If I tried, tried, did the very best I could
Wouldn't be enough, I could not be good

I’m
Fallin, fallin
Fallin, fallin
Fallin, fallin
Into the arms of mercy

So I pray for grace that I know I don't deserve
All I have couldn't pay You what it's worth
(But) You said it's mine so I'll take you at Your Word
'Cause I need this grace I don't deserve

I’m
Fallin, fallin
Fallin, fallin
Fallin, fallin
Into the arms of mercy

There are things I've done that I never should've done
Things I've said that I never should've said
I can't forget and it's messing with my head
All the things I've done, the things I've said

I’m
Fallin, fallin
Fallin, fallin
Track Name: How Long
How Long
©2015 Jaylene Johnson


Who led me to this desert?
Was it me or was it You?
Am I being punished
For what I did or didn't do
Been walking round in circles
Consumed by every mile
The landscape of a broken heart
Too hurt to reconcile


How long, how long
Will I stay here in the shadows
When will the pain be gone
How long, how long
When can I fin'lly say I'm moving on


I believe that You are faithful
All-knowing and all-wise
I've seen Your mercy moving

Through the corners of my life
So I'm asking you to rescue me
Or am I just a page in history
Cause I've been here much longer
Than I ever thought You'd let me be


How long, how long
Will I stay here in the shadows
When will the pain be gone
How long, how long
When can I fin'lly say I'm moving on

Help me find a way out
I wanna know what freedom's all about
What freedom’s all about

How long, how long
Will I stay here in the shadows
When will the pain be gone
How long, how long
When can I fin'lly say I'm moving on
When can I fin’lly say I’m movin’ on



How long, How long
How long, How long
How long, How long
How long, How long
How long, How long
How long, How long
How long, How long
How long, How long
Track Name: One Tiny Prayer
One Tiny Prayer
©2015 Jaylene Johnson

Trees so tall go beyond my sight
Feel so small ‘neath this patch of sky
I’m out of place and I’m wond’ring why I came
Silence falls with the coming night
Birds once singing have taken flight
There’s just the sound of me whispering Your name

Do You still see me, know me
Are You listening
I want to know You’re there
I’m still looking, longing
Watching, wond’ring
Will you meet me here
This fragile heart
Waits in the dark

For You
For You

All creation is in Your view
A million voices cry out to You
Still somehow You see every sparrow fall
Answers you hold inside your hand
Answers I’ll never understand
Like how does one tiny prayer get through it all

Do You still see me, know me
Are You listening
I want to know You’re there
I’m still looking, longing
Watching, wond’ring
Will you meet me here
This fragile heart
Waits in the dark

For You
For You
For You
For You
Track Name: Find Us
Find Us

Romans 8:35, 38-39

Find us in the shadows
Find us in the dark
Find us in the corners
Where we don't think You’d ever go

Find us in our failures
Where we've been thrown back to the start
Find us as we question
All the things we used to know

We are lost (so lost)
We hide (we hide)
All the fear we have inside

Find us
Find us
Oh Great Love
Find us

In our anger
Find us in our pain
Find us in our envy
Our rebellion and our pride

Find us in the graveyard
Meet us where we are
Lead us to the holy place
You spread Your arms out wide
Track Name: Let the Silence Speak
Let the Silence Speak
©2015 Jaylene Johnson

Another empty room
Painted in baby blue
Another broken dream
(Of) toys and tiny shoes
Curled in a rocking chair
No consolation there
No way to voice the pain
With sadness everywhere

When all that you can do is weep

Let the silence speak
God still knows everything we need
When we don’t know what to say
We can know that Jesus hears us anyway
Let the silence speak

Ooooh

Sometimes there are no words
No lessons to be learned
And people try their best
They only make it worse
No comfort to be found
Tears fall without a sound
But angels mark each one
For this is Holy Ground

Sometimes the hurt is just too deep

Let the silence speak
God still knows everything we need
When we don’t know what to say
We can know that Jesus hears us anyway
Let the silence speak

Through the anger
Through the sorrow through despair
(From) right where we are
God will meet us there

We’re not forgotten
We’re not alone
In the silence Jesus hears us
So let Him hold you close

Let the silence speak
Track Name: Potter & Clay
Potter & Clay
©2012 Jaylene Johnson

You're the Potter, I'm the clay
You're the Potter, I'm the clay
Fearfully and wonderfully made
You're the Potter I'm the clay

I am flesh and I am bone
I am flesh and I am bone
From the earth and to the earth I go
I am flesh and I am bone

But You hold my soul safe
You hold my soul safe in Your hands
I’m safe in Your hands

You finish what you start
You finish what you start
You began a perfect work in my heart
You finish what You start

You hold my soul safe
You hold my soul safe in Your hands
I’m safe in Your hands
Track Name: Pray Pray Again
Pray, Pray Again
(James 5:13-18)
©2015 Jaylene Johnson

Pray when you're troubled
Pray when you're tired
Pray when you're empty
Sad or uninspired
Pray like Elijah
Calling for the rain
God’s gonna answer
Pray, pray again

Pray, when you don't have words
Pray from your heart
Pray when you doubt you're heard
Alone in the dark
Pray every question
We don't know when
But God's gonna answer
Pray, pray again

Pray, pray
Pray, pray again
Pray, pray
Pray, pray again
Pray, pray
Pray, pray again
Pray, pray
Pray, pray again

Pray when you're thankful
Praise like you should
Pray when you're happy
Say God is good
Pray, pray in Jesus' Name
Thy will, Amen
God's gonna answer
Pray, pray again

Pray, pray again
Pray, pray
Pray, pray again
Pray, pray
Pray, pray again
Pray, pray
Pray, pray again
Track Name: This Little Light
This Little Light
©2015 Jaylene Johnson

I got scared of taking chances
So I stayed in bed
Tangled up, my inhibitions
Messin’ with my head
I was tired and feeling foolish
‘Bout some things I’d done
So I stayed away far out of sight of everyone
And this little light of mine
I wouldn’t let it shine

Burning flame that used to fuel me
Faded to a spark
Now I sit in contemplation
Lonely in the dark
I remember times I was convinced
That You were there
So I’m cryin’ out, Lord Jesus
Please receive this prayer
‘Cause this little light of mine
I still wanna let it shine
Wanna let it shine, shine, shine
I wanna let it shine
Oh Oh Oh

So please forgive me for the things
I should have said and done
All the time I’ve wasted
Out of sight of everyone
Fan the spark into a fire
Never let it die
And I will tell the story of Your mercy
Far and wide
This little light of mine
I am gonna let it shine
Track Name: Let My Heart Break
Let My Heart Break
©2015 Jaylene Johnson

Oh let my heart break
With the things that break Your heart
Let my mouth speak for the needs of all the poor
The ones whose voices go unheard
For all the lonely and forgotten of this world
Let my heart break
Oh let my heart break

I was an orphan
But You offered me a home
When I had nothing
You gave me food and kept me warm
I was a wasteland left to die
Until you flowed in like a river to my life
I was an orphan
I was a wasteland

So let my heart break
With the things that break Your heart
Let my mouth speak for the needs of all the poor
If I forget your love for me
Or turn away from what You’re wanting me to see
Let my heart break
Oh let my heart break
Oh let my heart break
Let my heart break
Track Name: Lord of All (feat. Steve Bell)
Lord of All
©2015 Jaylene Johnson

Maker of the moon and stars
Stirrer of the seas
Tender of the earth that feeds me
Clother of the lily fields
You are Lord of all

Giver of the air I breathe
Keeper of my soul
Author of the endless story
Love that never lets me go
You are Lord of all

You’re Lord of all the hurricanes
I’ll never handle on my own
You’re Lord of all the suff’ring
All the pain and sorrow that I’ve known
You’re Lord of all
And I will lift my voice
And praise Your holy name
Whatever may befall me
You are Lord of all

Mighty God and Holy One
Father, Spirit, Son
Wisdom of eternal ages
Here before the worlds were spun
You are Lord of all
Track Name: Rest In Me
REST IN ME
©2015 JAYLENE JOHNSON

REST IN ME DARLING ONE
LIKE THE EARTH RECEIVES THE SUN
I WILL HOLD YOU IN MY ARMS
TIL A NEW DAY HAS BEGUN
STAY WITH ME, OH
THERE IS NOTHING TO BE DONE
IN THE MEANTIME, DARLING ONE
REST IN ME

REST IN ME OH MY CHILD
WE COULD BE HERE FOR A WHILE
YOU CAN OPEN UP YOUR HEART
AND LET YOUR DREAMS RUN WILD
STAY WITH ME OH
AND FORGET THE COMING MILES
IN THE MEANTIME LITTLE CHILD
REST IN ME

REST IN ME LITTLE DOVE
LET THIS COMFORT BE ENOUGH
I AM WITH YOU WHEN IT’S HARD
I COULD NEVER GIVE YOU UP
STAY WITH ME OH
IN THE SHADOW OF MY LOVE
IN THE MEANTIME LITTLE DOVE
REST IN ME
Track Name: I Won't Be Frightened Anymore
I Won’t Be Frightened Anymore
©2015 Jaylene Johnson

Your love is washing over me (3x)
And I won’t be frightened anymore

Your mercy’s washing over me (3x)
And I won’t be frightened anymore

Your peace is washing over me (3x)
And I won’t be frightened anymore

Your love is washing over me (3x)
And I won’t be frightened anymore