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Beyond the Song: Jamie Lynn Flanakin sings “Free,” written by Cowboy Roy Hall

Written by Staff on September 13, 2019 – 5:00 am -

Jamie Lynn Flanakin Beyond the Song FreeBeyond the Song: Jamie Lynn Flanakin sings “Free,” written by Cowboy Roy Hall

By Jantina de Haan-Baksteen

This edition of Beyond the Song is a little different. It’s from the songwriter’s point of view, along with a note from the artist. 

Cowboy Roy Hall talked to us about the song he wrote called, “Free.”

Jantina: Cowboy Roy, can you introduce yourself to the readers of SGNScoops?

Cowboy Roy: Howdy everybody,m name is Roy Hall, but everybody calls me Cowboy Roy. I am a singer/songwriter from Oklahoma. I’ve lived here almost four years. I’ve  recorded seven CD’s of songs I’ve written, with Donnie and Lisa Williamson of the Williamsons. I have had three other songs on the charts and radio, from Jamie Lynn Flanakin, Jim Sheldon, and Peter Christie. The group Oasis, Sarah and Carey Collins have also recorded songs of mine, along with Sandy Jarvis.

Beyond the Song: Jamie Lynn Flanakin sings "Free," written by Cowboy Roy Hall

Cowboy Roy Hall

Jantina: You wrote the song, “Free,” that is on Jamie Lynn Flanakin’s album called, ‘’Oh, My Lord.” Tell us about that.

Cowboy Roy: I wrote the song, “Free,” in December of 2015, a month and a half after the Lord delivered me from all the pain of my past and set me free! I dealt with a severe depression from 2008 – 2010 because of a very traumatic experience that I faced and I went inside myself. That whole time is nothing but a blur. Then a friend called me on the phone and prayed for me and that was lifted off. It didn’t control me anymore. It was still there unfortunately though.

In November of 2015, one week after I moved here, I went to a singing. I was talking to the Lord before it started, basically thanking him for getting me out of that other state. Not knowing what was in store, but trusting him no matter what. I told no one about the conversation, and during the altar call service, one of them motioned for me to come up front and I did. He looked me square in the eye and said, “All the pain, heartaches, depression, lonely feelings, etc., it’s all going to go, right now, in Jesus’ name. It did and has. I was delivered then and there. Then a month and a half later, I was talking with a friend on the phone and telling him all the good things that had happened. He asked me if I had written a song about being delivered and I said, “No.” He said, “I feel like you got one in ya, brother.” And in 15 to 20 minutes, “Free,” was written.

Jantina: Just recently, a video has been released of this song. Can you share somehing about that?

Cowboy Roy: The video of “Free,” wow. I have no words to describe what an experience that was. In May, I went to Texas to do the filming with Jamie. It was something I’ll never forget. We went into a motel room showing our pasts. That was a little emotional, but thank God, it’s only memories that don’t hurt me anymore.

Seeing my song come to life in front of my eyes, makes me want to cry thinking about it. There is also a very special promo after the video, that we did together with a little piece of our testimonies, with a website for people to go to, to get help for whatever situation they may be in.

The song has been on the radio for two years and been very successful, but the video is gonna put a visual on it, for people to see that if we made it through our hard times, tests and trials, they can, too.

Jantina: What is your testimony, because “Free” is kind of autobiographical.

Cowboy Roy: My testimony; it’s very long but i will try to sum it up as small as I can. I was stuck in my mom’s ribcage when I was a baby and almost died. Almost died again at nine months old. Had seizures for the first nine years of my life. I was raised in a godless, alcoholic household; almost died again from a trailer implosion. But by the grace of God, and my grandma’s prayers, I was safe. (I was) delivered from seizures in 1977. (Suffered) very hard emotional abuse from my father in my teenage years. We were not close at all. He told me I would never amount to anything, and I believed it. He died in 1990 and
he was not a Christian. I got saved in 1992, at 24, and I had a lot of growing up to do emotionally, and spiritually, but with the help of Christian friends, I overcame it all by the Lord’s grace. Here I am today, happier than I have ever been!

Jantina: Did you write this song for Jamie?

Cowboy Roy: No, I didn’t write the song for Jamie. I thought it was only for me and how wrong I was! We saw each other about three months after I had written it and I shared it with her. Her mouth dropped open, her eyes got big, and she said, “Holy cow! You’re singing my story and I want to record your song. I was blown away.”

She sent me the CD in Feb 2017 and in September 2017, “Free,” was released to radio, reaching No. 9 on two charts last year, No.13 on another chart this year, a top ten nomination for Christian Country Song of the Year in the Diamond Awards, and now this amazing video.

I am so blessed with these gifts straight from my Lord in heaven. That says it all….

Jamie Lynn Flanakin Beyond the Song Free

Jamie Lynn Flanakin

Jantina: To complete this interview I called on Jamie Lynn Flanklin, who recorded this song. Jamie, can you do a short  introduction about yourself? 

Jamie Lynn Flanklin: My ministry began many years ago in my heart, but came to fruition when I moved out to Texas in 2007.  I met Richard Mabry at church and the rest is history (as they say). He wrote a song that Tommy Smith (Canyon Creek Records) decided needed to be on the radio. So we released it to radio in 2014 and we have since then released 5 other songs. God has allowed me many opportunities to share His message in song and am so thankful and grateful that He wants to use me.

Jantina: We find the song, “Free,” on your album, “Oh, My Lord.” Why did you pick this song?

Jamie Lynn: Even though “Free” was released in 2017, we decided to go ahead and make a music video. We felt that it had touched so many people on the airways, why not let the Lord use it on social media and other platforms to touch even more.  It has such an amazing message of freedom from your past.

Jantina: What is the song saying?

Jamie Lynn: When Cowboy Roy sang me the song for the first time, I told him, “Wow, you are singing my life’s story.”  I know many people struggle with pains from the past, and this song just reminds us that there is hope and that Jesus will forgive all our sins.  He can help us with those pains and we wanted to portray that message in the video life.

Justin: Is this song a personal testimony?

Jamie Lynn: This song means so much to me because it reminds me of what God has brought me from and brought me to. I have deep pains from my past and it took a long time for me to overcome those hurts and pains. Every time I get to sing “Free,” it reminds me how much the Father loves me and has forgiven me and wants me to move on from my past.

Jantina: Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers?

Jamie Lynn: I’m very thankful that I have been able to be a part of this amazing song, and hope that many receive a blessing from it, and that those chains of yesterday are broken in the name of Jesus.

If anyone would like to reach out or book an event, they can contact me through:

Email =

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Facebook = @jamielynnflanakinmusic1

Instagram = jamielynnflanakin_official

Twitter = @jamielynnfmusic

Manager = Richard Mabry (HMM Productions) 903-262-8280


Jantina: Roy Hall and Jamie Lynn, thank  you for sharing your story with SGNScoops. May this song be a blessing to many.

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Fast Five With Jamie Lynn Flanakin

Written by scoopsnews on May 27, 2018 – 3:51 pm -

We recently asked Jamie Lynn Flanakin some questions. Read below to find out more about this amazing Christian Country Gal!

 When did your ministry begin?

(Jamie Lynn)   My ministry began when I left everything behind in 2007 and moved from Louisiana to Texas.  I was born and raised in Lousisana and all my family still live there.  It happened when I met my husband in Mississippi and then we got married 3 months later (I know!! Crazy!! Right!!), but we knew the Lord had placed us together.  Well, let me back up a tad.  I have been singing since I was 3 and on stage since I was 6.  My mother and I sang together any chance we had.  I sure do miss those days.  During my teenage and early twenties, I really strayed away from the Lord, even though I was still in church.  Those were some rough days.  The Lord was working on me then and still is today.  Well, after I married Richard, I moved to Texas and my life changed forever.  We began attending New Harmony Baptist Church and soon after I starting singing on Sundays there.  A man named Richard Mabry also attended the same church and immediately said to his wife, “I’m going to work with that girl”.  Bro. Richard wrote a song “When My Room Is Ready”, and Tommy Smith with Canyon Creek Records listened to it after I recorded it and decided we needed to it on the radio.  And well, that’s how it all began.  We has since then released several songs to radio and I released my first CD album last year.  God has opened so many doors and I’m so very thankful for each step.

Tell us about your current single.
(Jamie Lynn)  The song “Free” is the current single we have out and I sure love singing it.  I met Cowboy Row Hall at the ICGMA about 3 years ago and we have been friends ever since.  About a year afterwards we met up again at another event in Texas.  While there he sang me this song and I told him, “You’re singing my life’s song”.  I just had to record that song and he allowed me to do so.  Cowboy Roy wrote this song from a deep dark place of pain in his life and only thought the song was for himself and no others.  Boy was he wrong!  He has severe depression and sorrow, but the Lord freed him of that pain.  Here is a small portion of his testimony:
(Cowboy Roy)

I was severely depressed for 2 years from 2008-2010. I wouldn’t go anywhere or do anything…that time to me is nothing but a blur. Then in the month of March 2010 someone called me on the phone and prayed for me for a half hour. We were both crying and that moment God lifted that depression off of me. The enemy tried to destroy me for he knew what God had in store and he wanted to put a stop to it but his efforts were worthless i thought that my life was over and that i had reached the end…God proved me wrong. When I left Illinois the end of October 2015…. We had made it to Joplin, Missouri and I went in to get a bottle of water at a convenience store….coming back out I was halfway between the store and the car and this breeze hits me…. I said I am out of Illinois and I lifted my hands and said I’m FREE. Over a month later he gave me the words to FREE”

 A brand new song will go out to radio next month. Be looking for it on the Hey Ya’ll Media Disc. The title is “Oh, My God.”

Do you have a job?

  (Jamie Lynn)   I do have a full time job.  I work for Brookshire’s Grocery Company out of Tyler Texas.  I am the coordinator for the Space Management department at the corporate office.  I am praying if it’s the Lord’s Will to remove me from that job and go into the ministry full time.  I also love working in my garden and landscaping (which is a very new hobby of mine). 

Share your Testimony?
(Jamie Lynn)    I gave a little bit of my testimony above, but just know that the Lord could have given up on me and He did not.  I’m so thankful I serve a Lord who keeps forgiving and shows a ton of mercy and grace to me.  When I married my husband Richard, the Lord also gave me a daughter.  She is my step-daughter, Tylar, whom I love dearly as my own.  We lost her mother about 9 years ago to cancer and it has been a struggle.  We have had many struggles and heartaches along the way, but the Lord has made us stronger through each trial.
How can your product be purchased or a concert be booked?
(Jamie Lynn)  You can reach out to His Music Ministry – Richard Mabry (903)262-8280 for bookings.
I am also on Facebook @jamielynnflanakinmusic
Thank you Jamie Lynn for sharing about your ministry with SGN Scoops!

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