Songs, Stories and Ideas from the spiritual underground
"I wrote this song after my fifth trip to Northern Iraqi Kurdistan. The things I witnessed, the people I met, and the stories I heard had fleshed out the absurdity of the incarnation in a way that scared me, broke my Western worldview, and filled me with gratitude and awe at the humility of Jesus who didn't consider equality with God as something to hold on to, but humbled himself, and became less than nothing... A God who was born a refugee." (David Brymer)
Sanchez Fair sits down with Justin Gray, Brandi Miller, and Carlos Rodriguez to discuss our newest song The Cross Made The Change and how Jesus fits into our modern world.
“If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.” (Augustine of Hippo)
“In April of 2018, Orlando Palmer and I were driving to Nashville together for a Common Hymnal writing camp. We got into town around 3:30am or so. Before Orlando took a morning nap, he had an idea stirring in his head and he recorded a voice memo.” (Ben Hardesty)
“I’ve got the Joy” was influenced by my deep appreciation for the spirit-stirring, yet, simplicity of Black Gospel music and negro spirituals. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with my friend and brother Ben Hardesty to create a song that’s light hearted, fun, and good for the soul.” (Orlando Palmer)
“Who You Say You Are was written from the perspective of someone who is a believer and follower of Jesus, but has questions, worries, doubts, and fears that they aren’t afraid to voice to him because they have relationship and not just religion. (Kierre Bjorn Lindsay)
“Have you ever experienced a tragedy in your life or knew of someone who experienced loss or great pain?
What was a typical response spoken from a relative, friend, or pastor during this time?” (Will Retherford)
“Of all the relationships we’re in, the one with God should be the most straight forward. Right? Sadly, many of the songs we sing about God use language and imagery that keep us at a safe distance so we don’t really have to be real.” (Jenny Wahlström)
“Pastors are not meant to get therapy” vs. “Pastors really need to get therapy.“ (Carlos Rodriguez)
“When Justin showed up for our co-write with the beginnings of this song, the imagery of Jesus having a teenage mother and an unbelieving brother really captivated my imagination. And then the kicker line, “just a man in poverty,” hits and all of the sudden, Jesus, fully God and fully Man, becomes tangibly human.” (Aaron Strumpel)