Shust hopes he was able to capture this type of emotional encounter on his new disc, Whispered and Shouted. “I wanted the songs to be more experiential for the listener,” he says. “I tried to imagine what it would be like to listen to the whole album straight through on a drive. It propels the listener forward in the journey that I’m taking musically.” Yet, Shust is more concerned with artistic integrity than filling a certain niche. He says, “I’m going to play the music that I feel God’s given me. And if people don’t want to listen to it, they won’t, and I’ll get a new job. And I’m okay with that, because God’s plan is not messed up.”

Whether leading worship at church, touring or spending time at home with his family, it’s obvious that Aaron’s songs are simply a testament to what he lives out daily. Fellow recording artist and friend Brandon Heath attests, “[Aaron’s] someone I look up to not only in his music, but more for his love for his family. The guy has passion, and you can hear it in his voice when he speaks about his wife, his son and his God. I think it translates into his music, and people can feel it when they listen.”

As for Shust, he’s simply content with where he’s at. “God always has us where we are, and if we would simply look around and take a reality check of where we happen to be standing today, we have a sphere of influence. We can waste our time dreaming about what we want to do in the future and miss out on the opportunities He’s given us today.”

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