Spotlight

There are so many great Christian artists and bands that sometimes it’s hard to think of who to shine the spotlight on.

This next one is someone we’ve shone the spotlight on before.  I love Andrew Peterson’s music. However his songs tend to have such a soul stirring depth that can be overwhelming sometimes to listen to.  His music is different- not typical among Christian artists.  Most of his songs aren’t typical worship songs, nor are they upbeat. As I was thinking while listening to his music the other night, I realized that he’s a story teller, and  I love that kind of artist.

And the man of all sorrows, he never forgot
What sorrow is carried by the hearts that he bought
So when the questions dissolve into the silence of God
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not

Andrew Peterson was raised in a farm town of Illinois before moving to Florida when he was 7.  His dad a pastor, and mom were originally from Florida. Andrew graduated from Florida Christian College in Kissimmee, and now lives in Nashville.

His music, his style, are different in a world of what sells and is popular.  He’s more a creator than an artist and his music styles of folk and a touch of country reflect his desire to present, not to turn out ‘hits’.  If one has ever listened to, and learned about the Ragamuffin, Rich Mullins, Andrew Peterson would come to mind as a similar artist, yet he’s still original.

He creates music with thought provoking, soul searching and yes, often aching questions, with a hope of meaning in a world of hurt.

The song You’ll Find Your Way is one which my heart sings for my son (especially as he gets older) but also for a few others who aren’t necessarily lost, but have their own crosses and are often gone to bare more than most people ever will.

And I know you’ll be scared when you take up that cross
And I know it’ll hurt, ’cause I know what it costs
And I love you so much and it’s so hard to watch
But you’re gonna grow up and you’re gonna get lost
Just go back, go back
Go back, go back to the ancient paths
Lash your heart to the ancient mast
And hold on, boy, whatever you do
To the hope that’s taken hold of you
And you’ll find your way

 

Andrew has been writing and putting out music since 1996 when he came out with the studio album Walk. Since then, he’s recorded 16 albums including last year with Resurrection Letters: Prologue and Resurrection Letters: Vol. 1

While he’s never had a #1 hit, his creations sift through the trials of life and find the hope in Jesus, and with his latest two volumes, a part of three- the Resurrection Letters has been 10 years in the making and have a definite leaning on Scriptures to tell the complete story of our Lord and Savior.

About the song Is He Worthy, and other songs on the Resurrection albums, Peterson describes, “When I sing those words from scripture, I can hardly believe they’re true, ‘From every people and tribe, every nation and tongue, he has made us a kingdom and priests to God who reign with the Son.’ We’re told that we will actually reign with Christ. That is a mind-blowing promise. How can we even wrap our thoughts around it?”

While Chris Tomlin made Is He Worthy a hit,  Andrew’s meaning for the songs goes further…

” My hope is that these songs kindle a new longing not only in hearts, but down to our very bones and sinews—a tangible longing that we were made for this, for this coming redemption, for God dwelling with his people in a more profound way than he did even in the garden.”

We’ll finish off this spotlight with a brand spankin’ new one just posted to you tube yesterday. Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God….

Hope y’all have a beautiful and blessed Sunday!

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