Jason Gray provides his powerful testimony and more in our September Music Spotlight
Jason Gray has commented that his previous three records were written during the most difficult years in his life. He says that he’s not being dramatic, but simply stating the facts.
Jason’s latest music album, “Where the Light Gets In” by Centricity Music, incorporates a brighter, and more hope-centered “travelogue” of the next leg of his journey through deep sorrows. An easy plateau, however, is not what he is suggesting in his music, but a sense of God’s redemptive characteristics in the middle of challenges.
Jason Gray has received multiple ASCAP Performace Awards, an album hailed by critics as “Album of the Year, five top 5 radio singles which include #1 for nine straight weeks (ironically during his personal darkest days).
Recollecting the words that his pastor once spoke, Jason says, “The hope of Easter isn’t so much for the people sitting in the hospital waiting room fearing what the news might be. The hope of Easter, rather, is for those who already got the worst news they ever could have imagined. A little over a year ago my own life came to that point. I had to say ‘The worst has happened. Now what? Where do we go from here?’ And in that aftermath I started to write the songs I needed, and the songs I needed most were songs of hope.”
“Where the Light Gets In” is a mixture of sorrow, light, hope and celebration.
“One of my favorite quotes ever is by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross,” Jason says. “She wrote that ‘The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.’ I wanted to capture that idea in my songwriting. I think Where the Light Gets In is really about having a more fully realized hope. It’s not a hope based on circumstances or on things going the way you hoped they would, but on a hope that abides, even when the worst happens.”
Faith Filled Family was blessed to be able to interview Jason Gray for our Music Spotlight section in our September issue coming out August 26th. In it, Jason gives his own personal testimony, sorrows, and victories.