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with jason ingram
The WriTer’s room
one sonic society is not a band. They’re not
a team and they’re not worship “industry”
guys. Rather, Jason Ingram, Paul Mabury,
Stu Garrard and Jon Thatcher are a
collective seeking to bring praise to God
through excellence. Their first release,
one, offers us a glimpse of what that
looks like. CCM caught up with Jason
Ingram to learn more of the story behind
this movement and particularly behind
the song, “Greatness of Our God.” To
learn more and to check out the EP, log
CCM: You have a very distinct point of view on
worship and what that means individually and for
the church. How does “Greatness of our God” align
with that perspective?
Jason: Well, I wouldn’t say I have a distinct point
of view. Really the older I get the more aware I
am that we all approach God differently. I am
convinced though that we need to bring all of that to God,
even our questions, individually and corporately. That’s why
I felt it was important to write the lyric “no doubt restrains
all You are” in the chorus of “The Greatness Of Our God.”
I think we’ve been to afraid to be real with our fears, our
questions, our doubts in church. Don’t we realize God
already knows all of that? We can’t be the real church unless
we can be real with each other and with God.
CCM: Obviously it’s a great honor to have a vocalist like
Natalie Grant cut your song. As you were writing it, did you
even think about the artist who would bring it to the public?
Jason: The vocalist we had in mind when writing “The
Greatness Of Our God” was the church. That’s whose voice it
was written for. Sometimes I do write songs with a specific
artist in mind, but these songs have been written for the
corporate voice, the church. Natalie singing it has been an
incredible way for that song to reach more people and yet
the goal is still the same.
CCM: There are probably millions of kids, worship pastors
and musicians who long to write something as powerful and
life-changing as, “Shout to the Lord” or even an old hymn
like, “It Is Well With My Soul.” What advice could you offer
to an aspiring writer?
Jason: Well, I’d love to write a song like one of those as
well! The only advice I have is never try to write one of
those. Just write songs for God, for your church, for your
personal devotion and if God chooses to use one of those
to become the cry of worship for the masses than that is
CCM: If you could be remembered for writing one lyrical
hook/phrase for years and years to come, what would it be?
Jason: Well I didn’t write it; my friend Paul Mabury did. It’s
in one of our songs called “Burn.” It goes: “Lord write me
into Your great story, Lord write me into Your great song,
take all I have it’s for Your glory, one day all else will be
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