Natasha St-Pier: "All the protagonists of the Bible have something to teach us"

Of Catholic faith, the Canadian singer Natasha St-Pier has interpreted the most beautiful poems of Thérèse of Lisieux. She talks to us here about her relationship to the Bible and her musical projects that were inspired by it.

If the poems of Thérèse of Lisieux have greatly nourished your faith, what place does the Bible occupy?

Being Canadian, the Bible was part of my religious teaching. In my country, at least in New Brunswick where I grew up, religion is taught in public schools. Afterwards, I admit to being more oriented towards the New Testament than towards the Bible itself, which can sometimes seem complex to me.

How do you view the place of the Bible in French society?

I am for the secular state. But this must not be done by excluding spirituality. France has unfortunately severed the ties between the state and religion, but also between the state and spirituality. To evolve well as a society, I think it's important to leave room for spirituality.

If the figure of Thérèse was very important in your journey, are there also biblical characters who inspire you?

The whole biblical story is inspiring. All the protagonists have something to teach us. I may have a special affection for Mary, the mother of Jesus, although very little is said about her in the Bible. In fact, one of the songs on my latest album is dedicated to him.

You also sang the Song of Songs. How did this project come about?

Benjamin Pouzin from the Glorious group suggested this project to me. It happened very naturally. It's a very nice text from the Song of Songs. Thomas and Benjamin had selected an extract. It's not the first time that the Song of Songs has been set to music, but I found their way of doing things very elegant, I liked the melody and the text was telling.

Love is an essential theme in your musical repertoire… but also in the Bible. How does the Christian perspective inform your understanding of this topic?

At my humble level, I think that the person who expressed all this best was Thérèse. She has a way of presenting religion that speaks to me. It's not something you go to do once a week, on Sunday at mass. But it's a way of living, of living through love. What a beautiful way to live our faith!

Are there artists or works that have been inspired by the Bible and that particularly affect you?

Strangely, painting is the first thing that comes to mind when you say that. I had the chance to make tours in the Churches and there are very beautiful works within them. I'm very sensitive to art, how to highlight things, how to position the characters on a painting. I find it very interesting as a means of expression.

What differences are there for you when you sing in a church or in a performance hall?

There are several and of different kinds. If we have the right technicians and the right equipment, the acoustics of the Church will work in our favor and help us to do greater things. But there is also the way of receiving texts from the public. I have the impression that people who come to a Church – whether they are believers or not – welcome the texts more attentively.

In your eyes, does music have a particularly spiritual dimension?

When you make art – any art – you try to touch people's hearts. Spirituality is very much related to our emotions. And inevitably, when we sing, there is a big place that is given to emotion, to feelings. We are in connection with spirituality, of course.

Someone once wrote that you were “a nurse to hearts and souls”.

I have often said that, when I was younger, my dream was to be a nurse. I finally became a singer. One day I realized that I was perhaps not healing bodies but that I was healing hearts and souls. I was helping people in another place and that had its place too.

Interview by Nicolas Fouquet, project manager at the French Bible Alliance

This article comes from a magazine published on the occasion of the Month of the Bible, an action carried out each year in March by the French Biblical Alliance to arouse interest around the Bible. The theme of the 2022 edition is: "When the Bible inspires artists". You can receive this exclusive 36-page magazine for free by visiting a partner Christian bookstore or by downloading its digital version from www.moisdelabible.fr.

© Info Chrétienne - Short partial reproduction authorized followed by a link "Read more" to this page.

SUPPORT CHRISTIAN INFO

Info Chrétienne being an online press service recognized by the Ministry of Culture, your donation is tax deductible up to 66%.