Singer Brings Life to Her Music

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

plumbTiffany Arbuckle Lee (better known as Plumb) watched her best-known song take on a completely new meaning.

Plumb's 2012 power ballad "Need You Now (How Many Times)" - with its Psalm-like longing for God's help - was originally written about her struggles with anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

"But it was soon afterward that my husband and I separated," she recalled of the tumultuous period which her marriage eventually survived. "The meaning actually turned around for me and I became a listener to my own song. I now needed God more than ever before."

Plumb and her band perform Saturday May 20 at Rock the Coast, a two day Christian music mini-festival at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds also featuring David Crowder, Josh Wilson and others.

"That song gave me a tremendous amount of hope, and I knew that God wanted to use it to help others," said the alternative/rock-pop artist. "Need You Now" topped Christian song charts and in 2013 was nominated for a Dove Award as Song of the Year.

Her testimony of the restoration of her marriage is told in Plumb's book "Need You Now: A Story of Hope."


Once again her experience played into her follow-up release, "Exhale." "I was in such a worshipful place and super-thankful that I had dodged a really big bullet in my heart," she said of the pop-leaning album containing songs such as "Faithful" and "Restored."

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"And now I feel I'm back with my strength renewed."

Her next set of songs (her eighth collection, which could be complete as early as this fall), finds the singer-songwriter exploring several life issues. "There's a lot of inspiration from my relationship with my mother being restored; and wanting to have a healthy relationship with my own daughter," said the mother of three. "I want to make good art that will inspire her and tell her and every daughter out there that they are beautiful and are loved.

"I'm not an educator, I'm a storyteller. And I like to inspire and empower but to talk about things – even those things that are uncomfortable. I feel music can light a match to that and that's where hope can be seen and flourish."


Plumb (the stage name comes from a Suzanne Vega song), moved from Fayetteville, Ga. to Nashville during her college years when several connections brought her to back-up singer opportunities with a variety of artists. Her voice and developing songwriting skills nabbed her a solo record deal. Her debut album with a modern/alternative rock vibe came in 1997.

One of her first concert tours was opening for then label-mates Jars of Clay. This reporter recalls seeing them together in a concert at the GVSU Fieldhouse in Allendale. "They (the band) remain good friends of mine whom I love dearly," said Plumb who has recorded several songs with Jars' lead singer Dan Haseltine.


Rock the Coast is back after a three-year hiatus and a move from its original location at Michigan's Adventure. The Ottawa County Fairgrounds offer additional space (and adjacent camping) and the event has already attracted new sponsors and made new connections with area ministries such as Holland Rescue Mission and Lakeshore Pregnancy Center.

Plumb said the challenge of performing at festivals is that often they are less intimate than a typical concert hall. "You feel that part of what you need to do is to keep things moving and pumping," said the artist who performed at the Unity Festival in Muskegon four years ago. "But I'm honored to be invited and happy to do them. And I love the time afterward where you can talk and meet people who have been touched by your music."


Rock The Coast West Michigan, Friday & Saturday May 19-20, 2017
Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 1286 Ottawa Beach Rd. Holland.
The music lineups (times approximate):
*Friday: 4 p.m. V-Rose; 5 p.m. Derek Minor; 6:45 p.m. Josh Wilson; 8:30 p.m. Hillsong Young & Free
*Saturday: 4 p.m. George Moss (also Rock the Coast emcee); 5:15 p.m. Holly Starr; 7 p.m. Plumb; 8:30 p.m. Crowder
*Sun. 9:30 a.m. Worship for campers only
Gates open at 2 p.m. each day.
Advance Tickets: $15 for one-day, $25 for both days. Higher at gate.
Tickets on line at
Parking $5; bringing your own seating is suggested. For camping details and other information:

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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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