Brandon Heath: Leaving Eden, Headed Home
- Thursday, January 20, 2011
For Heath, God's relentless pursuit of his children continues to amaze him with every accolade he receives.
"In February of last year I went and watched a friend of mine blast off into space. They played my song up in space that morning. They wake up every day to a song, and it was a big deal for me because I've always been super passionate about NASA," says Heath.
"I went to see the launch, and when I got back to Nashville, I was telling a friend about it, and he said, ‘Isn't it just like God to romance you like that? God knew that would blow you away if that happened.' And it did," Heath continues. "That is probably the single most important thing that I've learned [in this season of life]—that God is romancing you and me. He wants us to know how much he loves us. He knows those little details nobody else knows. You've just got to be paying attention for when he romances you so that you know he is paying attention."
And speaking of attention, all eyes seem to be on Heath, from fans, critics, industry leaders and fellow artists alike. His sophomore album, What If We (Reunion), catapulted Heath from an up-and-coming songwriter to A-list status among Christian music fans who couldn't get enough of his honest portrayals of real life set to music.
Following numerous awards and nominations; coverage in PEOPLE magazine, The New York Times, and the "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric"—not to mention performing at Carrie Underwood's wedding this past summer—Heath has left fans in great anticipation for Leaving Eden and critics talking about him following in the footsteps of "ccm" greats. All signs point to a prosperous career fueled by earnest songs that have left many wondering if Heath is leading the way for the next generation of Christian artists.
When asked how he feels about taking on a leadership role within the genre, Heath is hesitant to respond. "If leadership is servanthood, than yes. If it's anything else, I don't know. I want my art to certainly be innovative, yes; but I think being a good leader is being a good servant," he says. "I still feel pretty young; I still feel like I'm learning. I don't know that I'm really ready to be a leader yet, but I want to do what I do with excellence, and I want to be about other people and not just myself."
For more information about Brandon Heath and Leaving Eden, please visit www.brandonheath.net.
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