There are lots of musical moments that make an impact on a worship leader. In Watershed posts, I’ll be sharing worship projects that inspired and influenced me. And feel free to post your watershed albums in the comment section below!
By the time I got this record, “More To This Life” was working its way up the charts in Christian radio. I was definitely a fan of Steven Curtis Champan by that time, but this record changed everything for me. (This was also the first compact disc I ever owned, so there’s a good bit of nostalgia there…)
This wasn’t a worship record. It was, in fact, a landmark singer/songwriter project in Contemporary Christian Music. This record made a huge impact on lots of folks and, in my opinion, raised the quality of Christian music songwriting at that time. But I digress. It also changed something in me…
Up until that time, I didn’t have a concept of songwriting or the actual creation of music. As a kid, I just knew these songs came on the radio and I liked them. Many of us have that first record that opens our eyes to the power of songwriting and this was my doorway to music.
I sang as a kid, and enjoyed it, but discovering the music of Chapman made me want to do this myself – write my own songs and sing them to anyone who would listen. This record is why I picked up a guitar.
After over 20 years of making music, it’s easy to forget that first moment when the guitar made discernable sound in my hands. The songs on that CD are amazing – their impact is wide-reaching and recognizable in my own life. But for me, this record sparked something in me…that question or desire to take what gifts I had and use them for the King.
Anybody remember this record