Song Snapshots #21: Room With a View (11th Hour)


Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs.

One year, at the Singing News Fan Awards, Joseph Habedank was talking with Chuck Trivette. (Chuck is a former Perrys pianist and is Libbi Perry Stuffle’s brother-in-law.) Chuck told Joseph, “I was thinking it over; when we get to Heaven, we’ll have a pretty good view. We’ll have a room with a view.”

Joseph thought it was a cool idea. At the time, he was dating his future wife, and had long car drives from Nashville to Kingsport, Tennessee to see her. Over the course of these trips, he started writing the song.

One day, he joined Daywind Publishing Vice President Rick Shelton for lunch at the Chop House in Hendersonville, Tennessee. During lunch, Dianne Wilkinson called Rick. As they were talking, Rick told her, “Well, I’m sitting here with Joseph Habedank.”

Dianne said, “Sing me something.” So Joseph sang her the chorus to “Room With a View.”

“She said, ‘Oh, honey!’” Joseph recalls, “and then she asked if she could finish it. And sure enough, she finished it!”

“When Joseph sends me something,” Dianne adds, “it’s just his marvelous voice with no music. He records what he has on his phone and sends it to me. I heard exactly what he heard in his head—chord progressions, et cetera. And the first thought I had was, ‘WOW.’”

“The next thought I had,” she continues, “was how we’d develop the thoughts of exactly what the view would be (or more accurately, Who). What Joseph sent was so wonderful, it didn’t take me long to add the verses. I think we did the bridge together. When I heard the demo, it was just stunning: Joseph and Katy Peach on vocals, with Matthew Holt’s flawless piano work.”

Habedank would ultimately pitch it to 11th Hour, a mixed trio from Monroe, Louisiana. “They just absolutely are incredible,” he says. “They’re with Crossroads now. I pitched them songs, and sure enough, they picked that as their new radio single. I think it could be a big song for them. I love to hear Candace sing this song; she is the soprano in the group, and man, she’s a great singer.”

“When I heard their cut of the song,” Dianne adds, “it was exactly what it says in the lyrics—’shining perfection.’ It was one of those times when you just know you couldn’t have gotten a better cut on a song. So, Joseph and I are absolutely sure that God got “A Room With A View” to the right group. My goodness, but they can sing!”

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  1. I interviewed Amber Eppinette just last week for my radio show, and I asked her to tell me a little bit about this song, since it is one of my favorites. She mentioned that she would be getting with Joseph to write songs for their next project. I was so happy to hear that we won’t be losing Joseph from the writing scene, at least.

    • I was fairly confident that we would keep hearing from Joseph there, at least.

  2. Regarding the song, I enjoy Candice’s singing. The song is a refreshing glimpse of heaven with its chords and delivery.

    Regarding the story/appearance, I like the display for the “Song Snapshots.” The graphics look great together.

    • The banners is probably the part of the design I’m most excited about! 🙂


    • Love love love this .simply beautiful and moving my heart so

  4. This is a beautiful song. Can somebody post the piano cords?
    There is a tricky one in there were it says (around the throne but in my new home when I look out my window)


    • Yes, it is a beautiful song, and yes, that is at tricky chord. Regrettably, copyright law doesn’t permit something like that to be posted here. Sorry! 🙁

      • Where can it be posted.


      • Could I just get the cord for ( window)


      • If you wouldn’t mind reading the other comments here, someone already posted that chord.

      • The copyright owners can post it on their websites. They are the only ones who can post it unless another website obtains a license from them and pays royalties for the permission to display the song (or gets a complimentary license which waives all royalties, but only if the copyright owner chooses to waive royalties.)

      • Actually, the E would be for “My new home.” “Window” would be D (again, if playing in C). I’m not sure what key the song is actually in…I would have to sit down with an instrument to figure that out, so I’m just going by what my ear hears.

    • If you are playing the song in C, it would be an E, so just figure out what key the song is in and work from the there…am I allowed to say that? lol 🙂

      • Yes, that’s perfectly fine, just like quoting (say) one line of a lyric is perfectly fine. It’s just when we get towards reproducing the whole thing that the lawyers might come after me!

      • Ok, got it. I didn’t want to do anything out of line. Thanks! 🙂

      • You’re welcome, and thank you for figuring that chord out!

      • I simply cannot get enough of the song room with a view ,it’s beautiful

  5. I enjoy the music that 11th Hour sings. If you listen to the song “Room With a View” you will be blessed. Keep singing His praises.