Spotlight

The band in this week’s spotlight is one I don’t know a whole lot of their music, but as with other bands, what I’m discovering, I not only like, but it speaks on a level I can totally identify with.

They got their name based on Ephesians 4:29- “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen,”

Original member of Building 429, guitarist and lead vocalist,  Jason Roy says, “We’re just four average guys from North Carolina but we are sold out to God on this mission to reach the world. We’re here to show everyone that nobodies like us can make a difference. We’re here because God can use small people with faith like a mustard seed to move a mountain… We are willing to put aside our fears and feelings of inadequacy in order to step up to the platform God has placed in front of us and let Him speak through us. Little people, dreaming big dreams. And, daring to believe that they could come true, that’s us! 

The band originates from North Carolina, and have been touring and producing albums since 2000.   Their first major hit came in 2004 with the song Glory Defined, which reached #1 on adult contemporary and Christian charts, and remained #1 on Christian Radio Weekly’s (CRW) AC chart for ten consecutive weeks.  In 2005 the band received four Dove Award nominations and also won New Artist of the Year by the Gospel Music Association in 2005.

In 2007 they felt led in a new direction, and after praying about the circumstances and the music they were creating, the band made the decision to strictly focus on God in their music. After that, according to Jason, “the songs just started to flow. It was the easiest, most fulfilling, and most fun songwriting process we have ever experienced.”

By 2012, after more songs, touring with other Christian artists and more success, they released “Where I Belong” which shot to # 1 on the Billboard NCA charts and was named the 2013 Billboard Magazine Christian Song of the Year.

In June of 2013, the group released “We Won’t Be Shaken”,  their eighth studio album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.

Their faith has come through their music, which in their own words have been “anthems and  stand-your-ground faith” kind of songs.  As their earlier leading came to focus more on God in their music, they’re willing to step out on faith and find where God is leading.

Their recent album Live The Journey is proof that again they’ve been led to a new place in their music which, main songwriter Jason Roy describes, “allow(s) room for doubt and failure while still recognizing God’s presence through it all. It’s recognition that even with all the tools and knowledge and experience a person can acquire, life still boils down to stepping out in faith.”

You can read more on their website, in the About section, as it’s worth reading.

The title song, The Journey is one that I’d never heard until I started writing this article. The lyrics, like so many other Christian songs just speak in so many ways that I can understand and identify with. Even though the song is from a guy’s perspective, it’s more of a life perspective, that can only come the more life you’ve lived.

Wish I could talk to the younger me
Caught up in all his insecurities
Afraid to walk on the raging seas
Step on out, step on in
Say the words that I never heard
That could a steady a heart that hurts
Young men worry things will never turn
Wish I could say to the younger me

It’s okay not to be okay
We all long for an easier way
Beauty grows in the strangest places
Don’t be afraid to stand and face it
It’s not when we get where we’re going that counts
It’s how we live the journey
Maybe you know how it feels to be
Caught in a story that you want to leave
Wondering when the struggle ends
My Father finishes what He begins

It’s okay not to be okay
We all long for an easier way
Beauty grows in the strangest places
Don’t be afraid to stand and face it
It’s not what we did, where we’re going that counts
It’s how we live the journey

Go on and sail ‘cross the widest of oceans
And find there is hope when the strong winds are blowing
‘Cause you’ll never be alone
He’ll be with you all along
He wants you to live with a heart that’s wide open
So you can dance like there’s nobody watching
‘Cause you’ll never live it all
If you never risk the fall

It’s okay, if you’re not okay
‘Cause beauty grows when you stand and face it
So don’t be afraid
It’s okay not to be okay
We all long for an easier way
Beauty grows in the strangest places
Don’t be afraid to stand and face it
It’s not when we get, where we’re going that counts
It’s how, it’s how we live the journey

Go out and live the journey

Go out and live, go out and live
The journey….

I hope you find this band as good and refreshing as I’ve found.
Have a blessed day all!

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