Some of you know Andrew Peterson as the creator of the Wingfeather Sagas, some of you know him by his concerts and albums, some of you know him by both and some of you are about to meet him for the first time.
With the exception of his lullabies cd, I think I have heard almost every song he has recorded and unlike any other artist I can think of, I love every one of them. I’m not a big fan of the contemporary Christian music genre in general because sadly, what that often means is banal, repetitive, simplistic, tasteless, music that is more interested in following trends, changing it’s colors like a chameleon to draw in the biggest crowds, rather than exploring the strengths of a particular style of music and developing skill with their chosen voice.
Andrew Peterson doesn’t fit that bill by any stretch of the imagination. His faith permeates everything he writes and sings but that doesn’t give him the felt-need to make every song a “worship song” nor does he allow fads to drive his music.
Andrew Peterson has a poet’s gift with words, a Pastor’s Kid’s Biblical insight and an uncanny ability to skillfully mimic a plethora of genres according to the needs of each song and still have a unique, recognizable “voice” that comes through all of his music. His songs hit something deep in my soul; he speaks into the darkness of doubt, fear, pride and longing, not afraid to acknowledge it’s real, even in the Christian, but then pricks the dark canvas and allows the light of Christ to shine through, the more glorious because of the darkness it shines into.
For the next fifteen weeks I am going to highlight an Andrew Peterson song every Friday afternoon so be sure to subscribe to my blog to not miss any posts! I hope to give y’all a glimpse of the remarkable depth, skill and diversity Mr. Peterson has attained. Enjoy!