This paper describes the commission and study of a new song cycle entitled Songs of Redemption. Inspired by faculty and mentors who encourage storytelling and communicative art, this project introduces new and relevant themes into the musical canon. Commissioning Songs of Redemption was a rewarding process in learning to collaborate with new composers and developing an original interpretation of new music. Selecting the texts for the cycle and then completing a full study of the cycle textually, musically, and dramatically allowed me to understand the story from all perspectives. This project has allowed me to be strategic in my artistic communication in having freedom to curate creative messages. I hope that this project inspires young musicians to make statements about the world we live in through their art.