Songwriting Inspiration

Your Approach


How do you start the songwriting process? Do you look for inspiration, or do you wait for it to come to you? Listen as Jennie Riddle shares her approach to songwriting and three things that inspire her. Jennie Riddle is a three-time Dove award winner, top 10 CCLI songwriter, and two-time gold certified songwriter. She is best known for authoring “Revelation Song,” along with several other songs including “Hope of the Broken World,” “Mystery of Faith,” and “One True God.” 


How do you start the songwriting process? Do you look for inspiration, or do you wait for it to come to you? What happens next?
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Jennie finds song inspiration in
  1. Needs around her
  2. Themes of Scripture
  3. What is missing from the collective table 

List three things that inspire your songwriting. Why are they so inspiring to you?
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Describe some of the needs around you. Do any of these inspire you? Who do you think might need to hear a new song?
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“Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.” 
Psalm 98:1–3 ESV

When all else fails, may the steadfast love and faithfulness of the Lord be our hope and inspiration.