This one has been a long time coming!
Ever since I worked on my first album, “The Other Side of Broken” in 2006, I have been dreaming and scheming and looking forward to one day recording a “gospel” project. In the time since then, I have been fortunate enough to record and release two other full-length records “Underground Railroad” (2009) and “There Is No Fun in Funeral” (2011) with my band, Ben Morris and The Great American Boxcar Chorus. We have recorded over 40 original songs over the past few years, and many are very close to my heart. I am very proud of the music we have created. Still, I feel something nagging at me every time I think about the project I have “been called” to work on, but haven’t yet…
I am very, very blessed. I have a wonderful family, great friends, and more than probably any one man deserves. I know that I would not be where I am today were it not for the unconditional love and support of so many who have taken me by the hand and helped me on my way time-and-again over the years. I have only made it this far, because of Jesus Christ. I was taught about HIM from a young age, and now, almost 30 years later, I know that HE is still the only one that truly saves...
I want to share this with the world! I have big plans for doing my part to help take His message to the corners of the earth, and I want to start by recording a collection of songs and hymns that honor Him and share in my celebration of Him!
I have a handful of songs that I have written that I plan on including on this album. Some, like "Cradles to Caskets" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ACqnV2qViI which I wrote as a tribute to PawPaw (my late-grandfather Benton Speer, in response to spending some of the last days of his life close to his bedside) offer glimpses of faith played out in the stories from my own life.
I also have a few more traditional gospel hymns in mind that I plan on including on this project, like this recent demo recording of "Amazing Grace" http://gwiddesign.com/ben/amazing-grace.mp3.
My PawPaw used to tell me, "Don't forget your raisin'!" Though I have made many mistakes along the way, I have never forgotten just where it is that I come from. Now, with your help, I hope to honor my "roots" and record some songs that mean an awful lot to me personally with this next recording project, "Amen Brother".
Thank you for reading this and thank you, thank you, THANK YOU if you decide to back this project! May God bless you either way!
- (33 days)