I’ve been surrounded by Christian music all my life. I grew up in Amy Grant’s paved paradise, and felt the sting of the rose Michael W. Smith sang about, as it was trampled on the ground. As a church kid, the greatest thing ever was the release of the WOW CD’s during my middle school years. Can I get an amen?
At the age of fourteen, I saw DC Talk in Birmingham, Alabama, which remained my favorite concert for a long time, even though my parents questioned the vulgarity of their song, “I Don’t Want It”.
Music is in my veins. My Dad is an accomplished singer, so the churches we attended always had a strong arts influence. I have personally been on worship teams since I was a teen and have served as a worship pastor off and on for a decade.
Through the years, I’ve witnessed the highs and lows of modern worship music and the CCM movement.