Sometimes we forget amazing music from the past. Music that God worked through to touch us, inspire, encourage and help keep us on the straight and narrow path. Music – that in some ways – changes our lives.
We all need music like that.
Music is so powerful. It helps shape us and mold our views of life and the world.
I recently took a trip down memory lane, listening to Christian music I loved growing up. I forgot how much I loved some of these songs, how amazing some of them are and how powerful of messages they carry.
When I was growing up, my parents introduced me to a lot of Christian music:
Steven Curtis Chapman
Michael W. Smith
Some of you know who I’m talking about. (Most of the artists God blessed us with opportunities to meet, some even with really cool stories!)
It was really smart of my parents to do this. Because it’s like there’s a music compartment in each of our lives and it might start out void, but we’re going to fill it with some kind of music. Teenagers especially seem to look for music role models in their lives. So be sure to fill the “music compartment” in your life and if you have children, in your kids’ lives, with the right kind of music and the right role models to look up to.
So if you will, take a trip with me, down memory lane… to meet these artists and great songs, or for some of you, to re-visit.
First up, Michael W. Smith.
Michael W. Smith’s song “Secret Ambition” seemed to be at the time one of the coolest songs/videos ever in Christian music at the time! I hope kids and teens today will be introduced to it and enjoy it!
Take a look:
Such a powerful message of Christ’s work of salvation on the cross, to bring us to God!
When watching 1990’s Christian music videos, it’s also fun to see the style and fashions that were popular in the day. My sisters and I use to make music videos of some of our favorite songs, lip syncing to the artists, using the home video camera to record.
Another great favorite of Michael’s in this time was “Place In This World.”
One of my family’s favorites was his album “Lead You Home.” We listened to it over and over again on cross country move.
Another one of my favorites was a song called “Live the Life,” a song I heard him play LIVE at huge youth conference DC/LA. It was awesome to be with 10,000 teens singing about living your life for God.
Later on. Michael W. Smith came out with his first worship album titled “Worship.” One of the best worship albums ever! God blessed my family and I with the opportunity to be part of the recording when Michael W. Smith recored the album at Carpenter’s Home Church in Lakeland FL, a church that holds thousands. Still remember see Michael at the piano from our seats near the front and singing along with the songs, worshipping God.
Thank you, Michael W. Smith, for using your gifts and talents to bring people closer to God, to help point people to Jesus and stay on the straight and narrow and to be a positive influence in this world!
God blessed my family and I with the opportunity to meet Michael W. Smith in the 1990’s. We were visiting Franklin, TN and drove past Michael’s club for youth called Rocketown. There he was, standing out side in the parking lot. We pulled in, got out of the car and met him. He was so gracious and nice. We got a pic with him, and he invited my older sister and I to come to his youth club that night, putting us on his guest list. So thankful to God for such a cool experience!
It’s so important to have Christian singers who are doing it for the right reasons. They’re such a light in this world!
Next up, Steven Curtis Chapman.