Regina Oak

Regina Oak

Nederlandse Versie van Hillsong New Wine Cover met kleine overdenking

“Stille Tijd” – Regina Oak Zingt Hillsong’s New Wine Cover

 

In the Spring and Summer of 2017 I rented a small room twice a week in a local arts building in downtown Gouda and spent a lot of time praying for the city. During this time the Greek word “agape” kept jumping out at me. Eventually I just stopped and wrote down every context and meaning for the word I could find in the Bible.  What I found really floored me. We often think that God is like us. We project our character on Him.

As I was pondering this, I decided to write down all of the words I had found in a list. Just like in English class I had a chart of possible meanings for my wordsearch. I translated these words into actions so that I could grasp what this might look like in a day to day setting. As I wrote down all the things that God is and all the things that He would do if we ran into Him in the marketplace or at school, I also spent time writing down what He has done and actually did which show us what His love really looks like. This song came out of it. I believe it’s a song to sing over my city.

I hope you enjoy!

Kim Walker became Kim Walker Smith. Amanda Falk became Amanda Cook. There are so many exciting things in life. Taking your husbands name is one of them. I am thrilled to share the ‘why’ behind taking the last name Oak.

Regina Oak (b. Regina Davis) hails from the Appalachian mountains of NC and was born into a musical eclectic family. Following the advice of many wise musicians around her, she dedicated herself to the study of classical music. After graduating from Converse College with her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, she embarked on her international studies. Her first appearance as a professional singer was in 2007 with Opera Theatre of the Rockies playing the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. Under the direction of Martile Rowland both on the stage and in the practice room, she dedicated herself to working on her technique. In 2007 she was also baptized and entrusted her life to Jesus Christ. By the end of 2009 she had sold everything she owned to live the life of a disciple of Christ. At the same time, her career as a mezzo soprano on Regional Operatic stages was beginning to take off. Opportunities arose to sing on multiple stages throughout the USA. Due to the kindness of a dear friend offering a no strings attached ticket to Europe, Regina landed a job in Holland (The Netherlands) working with the Dutch National Opera Studio under the direction of Pierre Audi and Hans Nieuwenhuis.
Between the years of 2010-2013 Regina had immigrated for fulltime work as a classical musician to the Netherlands, met a Dutch man, married that Dutch man, started a business teaching music lessons, joined a church fulltime, started working as a worship leader and a worship pastor. Following a leadership discipleship school through her church, Regina was able to follow her heart which has been commited to advancing the Kingdom of Heaven in all aspects of her life since her baptism in 2007. While continuing to sing classical music professionally with opera houses and orchestras, a secret life as a songerwriter and worshipper of Jesus which had been an active part of her life since her baptism was beginning to emerge into the public arena. In 2016 Regina appeared in her first world music festival, Festival Mundial. She showcased the songs she had written but also, the long legacy of songs which her father, sister and brothers had written as well.
But now onto the name, Regina’s married name is ‘van der Eijk’. There was no question in her mind, she wanted to take her husbands name. On their very first date, using Google translate, she discovered his name meant “From the Oak” (Eijk is an old Dutch spelling of the Dutch word ‘Eik’ meaning Oak). Regina’s favorite Bible passage is Isaiah 61:1-3,
The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners. God sent me to announce the year of his grace— a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies— and to comfort all who mourn, To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by God to display his glory.
These are the words of the prophet proclaiming Christ’s ministry which Jesus himself declared were fullfilled in His life and ministry. Jesus renames all who accept Him and allow Him into their lives, an Oak of Righteousness. In God’s timing Regina married and became an oak not only figuratively but also literally.
Since ‘van der Eijk’ has proven difficult for the non-Dutch speaker to pronounce, Regina found herself spending more and more time discussing the meaning and pronunciation of her last name in public interviews which took place outside of Holland. Eventually, she made the decision to keep her husband’s last name, but make it accessible and managable for the non-Dutch speaker without the long drawn out discussion. And thus the emergence of Regina Oak.

 

Hello 2018!

Social Media has always been a huge obstacle for me. In a world where vulnerability is prized, being vulnerable on the internet always seemed to me as weak or plastic. There was always someone out there, who was capable of expressing themselves much better than I. Call it fear, perfectionism, shyness, propriety, false humility or whatever you will, for whatever reason I have stayed away from social media.

 

Something happens in the heart of a human when they get on the internet. They want to be seen. They want to be liked. They want to be found beautiful. They want to be connected. They may be dying inside, but getting that like, reading that hilarious meme, or watching someone’s kid somewhere do something funny, might just be the highlight of their day. I have the same exact thing happen in my heart everytime I’m online. I want to be seen, but I want to stay hidden. I want to be humble but I long for recognition.

 

In the dawn of 2018 I have one passionate reason for why I’m stepping out now, I want the world to know Jesus. Really know him. I want to share my life and testimony. And if the world watches, great. I want to share about the things I’m doing and what Jesus is doing in me and through me. I’ve been a professional singer since 2007. In any case that was the first year, I was paid money to sing on stage. Throughout the years, I have met and worked with great people and somehow all that time I avoided really connecting with people via social media.

 

I also want to say thank you to God and all of the people who have watched and supported me for the past 15 years. Thank you for putting your money down for a little girl from the mountains of N.C. Thank you. I am humbled and truly grateful. I may have really let you down by not staying in touch as you had hoped I would, but I’m grateful for you. I haven’t forgotten what it means to receive an undeserved gift. I haven’t forgotten your kindness.