Watch Tortured for Christ the Movie for FREE. Sign up now. aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Christian Music - Reviews, News, Interviews

One to Watch: Andrew Carlton

  • Stephen Douglas Losey CCM Magazine
  • 2004 21 Jun
One to Watch:  Andrew Carlton

Flying Leap Records artist Andrew Carlton is a performer who wears his emotions on his sleeve. The Knoxville, Tenn., native’s debut disc, "Falling In,"  is intended to reach a generation of seekers as it paints pictures of pain, faith and hope set to a rock and pop background.  

CCM:  What does your music sound like?

Andrew:  I can do that vocalist ballad but yet pick up the guitar and have that rock feel. I bring an edge but also that moment in the show where there’s just a vocal and piano. Truthfully, I’m hoping to hit every generation, and that’s not a very common thing in our industry. I’m just going to sing what I love and what’s in my heart. I wrote these songs without thinking about the critics.

CCM: How do you personally write a song? 

Andrew:  There are a lot of ways. With all my traveling it seems like I’m always at an airport. I’m constantly calling my voicemail and singing into it because a melody has popped into my head. I try not to look crazy to the people around me. I believe melody is music with the lyrics being the distinction between us [Christian music] and the mainstream market.

CCM:  It seems that pain is a theme woven throughout your last few years. Can you talk about that?

Andrew:  Inside of a two-year time span I lost my grandfather, who was a huge influence on me; and my parents divorced after a 30-year marriage. It can make you question your faith. It rocks you. God has used those situations to draw me closer to Him. As a songwriter, I released a lot of that pain into my music.

CCM:  Do we need to experience pain before we experience grace?

Andrew:  I know that I’ve had to. I think Mel Gibson said it best in his interview with Diane Sawyer [ABC’s “Primetime”] when he said, “Pain is the pre-cursor to change.”

© 2004 CCM Magazine.  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.  Click here to subscribe.