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Rebecca St. James

Rebecca St. James
Rebecca St. James in a promotional photo for the Hark the Herald Angels Sing single
Rebecca St. James in a promotional photo for the Hark the Herald Angels Sing single
Background information
Birth name Rebecca Jean Smallbone
Born July 26, 1977
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genre(s) Christian pop, Christian rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instrument(s) Singing
Years active 1994-present
Label(s) ForeFront Records

Rebecca St. James (born Rebecca Jean Smallbone on July 26, 1977), is a popular Christian pop rock singer, songwriter, and published author. She was born in Sydney, Australia, to David and Helen Smallbone. She is the oldest of seven children and currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee.


St. James' musical career began in 1990 when she opened shows for CCM artist Carman during his Australian tour. In 1991, she released her first album, Refresh My Heart, under the name Rebecca Jean. Later that year, she moved to the United States upon signing with ForeFront Records, and took her stage name at the label's request.


  • In 2003 she played the part of Maggie (Mary Magdalene) in the !HERO rock opera.
  • She provided the voice of Hope in VeggieTales: An Easter Carol from Big Idea Productions.
  • She stars in Unidentified.
  • Her song "I Thank You" can be added to the Christian video game Dance Praise via the Dance Praise Expansion Pack Volume 3: Pop & Rock Hits.


St. James is an open supporter of teenage sexual abstinence, and has become an unofficial spokesperson for True Love Waits. The popular single "Wait for Me", from her album Transform, encourages abstaining from sex outside of marriage. In 2000, it became the title and focus of a 46-city tour. St. James wrote the song herself while on a tour bus. Her third book, titled Wait for Me: Rediscovering the Joy of Purity in Romance, was published in 2002 and further addressed the issue.

Awards and #1 Hits

  • On February 23, 2000, St. James received a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album for the album Pray.
She is the eighth Australian artist or group to win a Grammy Award.
  • Her album God was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2005.
  • Her album Pray was certified Gold by the RIAA on the last week of September 2006.


Albums and Extended Plays

Studio albums

Live albums

Compilation albums

Extended plays

Other album contributions

This list is incomplete.

  • 1. WOW Worship (Aqua): "Forever" 2006
  • 2. Worship Together - Here I Am To Worship, Vol. 3: "Lest I Forget" 2006
  • 3. WOW Christmas (Green): "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" 2005
  • 4. Music Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: "Lion" 2005
  • 5. Every Young Women's Battle: "Wait For Me" 2005
  • 6. Veggie Rocks!: "VeggieTales Theme Song" 2004
  • 7. WOW Worship (Red): "The Power of Your Love" 2004
  • 8. !Hero The Rock Opera: Many songs 2003
  • 9. It Takes Two: "Expressions of Your Love" w/ Chris Tomlin 2003
  • 10. Smash-Ups: "God" vs. Earthsuit's "One Time" 2003
  • 11. Dove Hits 2003: "Song of Love" 2003
  • 12. WOW Worship (Yellow): "Breathe"
  • 13. The Best of Modern Worship: I Could Sing of Your Love Forever: "Above All" 2003
  • 14. Mixdown: "Lean On (Remix)" 2003
  • 15. WOW Christmas (Red): "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" 2002
  • 16. Psalm 23: "Psalm 23" w/ Various Artists
  • 17. Your Love Broke Through: "Your Love Broke Through" 2002
  • 18. The Prayer of Jabez: "Lead Me Away" w/ Michael Tait 2001
  • 19. Left Behind Soundtrack: "Come Quickly Lord" & "Midnight Cry" w/ Various Artists 2000
  • 20. Eterne: Never Be the Same: "Shout to the Lord" 2000
  • 21. Heaven & Earth: "River of Life" & "As We Wait" 1999
  • 22. Listen:Louder: "Omega (Psi Phi Remix)" 1999
  • 23. Power Jams: "I'll Carry You (Remix)" 1999
  • 24. Surfonic Water Revival: "Gold Coast" 1998
  • 25. Prayers & Worship 1995

Collector's Items

  • 1. 8 Great Hits 2004
  • 2. Worship God Pre-Order Bonus AVCD 2002
  • 3. Transform Pre-Release with Unreleased Song "Vision" 2000
  • 4. Yes, I Believe In God Bonus CD (packaged with select No Secrets Videos) 1999


Year Video VHS/DVD
1999 No Secrets VHS
2002 Worship God DVD
2007 Untitled DVD


This list is incomplete.

Year Song Album
1994 "Here I Am" Rebecca St. James
1996 "God" God
1996 "Abba (Father)" God
1996 "You're The Voice" God
1996 "Me Without You" God
1998 "Omega" Pray
2000 "Wait For Me" Transform
2000 "Reborn" Transform
2002 "Breathe" Worship God
2003 "Wait For Me/Song Of Love" Transform and Worship God
2005 "Alive" If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something
2005 "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" None
2005 "You Are Loved" If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something
2006 "God Help Me" If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something
2006 "Take All of Me" If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something

Music videos

  • "Side by Side" (1994)
  • "God" (1996)
  • "You're the Voice" (1996)
  • "Pray" (1998)
  • "Reborn" (2000)
  • "Wait for Me" (2001)
  • "Song of Love" (2002)
  • "I Thank You" (2003)
  • "Expressions of Your Love" (2004)
  • "Yes, I Believe in God" (2005)
  • "You Are Loved" acoustic (2006)
  • "God Help Me" LIVE (2006)
  • "Forgive Me" (2006)
  • "Beautiful Stranger" (2006)
  • "Lion" (2006)
  • "Take All of Me" LIVE (2006)


Year Title ISBN
1996 40 Days with God: A Devotional Journey ISBN 0-7847-0569-0, ISBN 0-7847-1274-3
1997 You're the Voice: 40 More Days with God ISBN 0-7852-7139-2
2002 Wait For Me: Rediscovering the Joy of Purity in Romance ISBN 0-7852-7127-9
2003 Wait For Me Journal: Thoughts For My Future Husband
2004 SHE: Safe, Healthy, Empowered - The Woman You're Made To Be ISBN 1-4143-0026-3
2005 SHE Teen: Safe, Healthy, Empowered, co-authored with Lynda Hunter Bjorklund ISBN 1-4143-0028-X
Wait For Me Study Guide: Discover the Power of Purity
Sister Freaks: Stories of Women Who Gave Up Everything for God ISBN 0-446-69560-2


Year Title Role Movie/Show Notes
2000 Left Behind: The Movie Buck's Assistant Movie none
2004 An Easter Carol Hope, the Music Box Angel DVD cartoon Voice only
2006 Unidentified Colleen Movie none
Unknown The First Easter Mary Magdalene Television/computer animated cartoon Voice only


  • Rebecca St. James press biography. Richard De La Font Agency, Inc..
  • The Importance of Family in Becoming SHE. AFAJournal.org.

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