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YOUR GUIDE TO THE NEWEST ACTS IN CHRISTIAN MUSIC By Caroline Lusk
CCM: So did you expect
to become an internet
Carlos: I didn’t really expect it
to go crazy like that. AOL.com
were the ﬁ rst ones to contact
me. They put it on the front page
of AOL and spun it in a really
CCM: What cool timing given your album that’s just
Carlos: Yeah. God’s not surprised by anything! But I
haven’t talked about the music. I didn’t want to be that
guy. Christian artist using adopted son to sell music…
CCM: Well, we’re CCM—we want to hear about the music!
Carlos: I wasn’t looking to do the artist thing. I’m just a
local church worship guy. Jason Ingram found me through
my blog and got who I was as an individual. It was a match
made in heaven!
CCM: Is there a theme to the album?
Carlos: Well, as a worship pastor, I want to kind of disturb
and disrupt the career Christian. There are a lot of safe
songs. We wanted to write some uncomfortable worship
songs. One of the songs contains a Puritan prayer asking
God to take our comforts away. And there are a lot of
songs of redemption.
CCM: As a worship pastor, artist, dad, husband… what
does worship mean to you?
Carlos: A lot of worship leaders consider the job to be
that 20 minutes on Sunday. I’m trying to lead worship
at home with my kids and my family. Even adopting my
son—that’s an act of worship.
Read more about Carlos at his blog,
ragamufﬁ nsoul.com. And see the video that launched
the buzz into the stratosphere here!
Carlos Whittaker is just your average worship leader,
blogger, father, husband and thanks to a video that caught
like wildﬁ re, an overnight phenomenon! The video: three
kids—two biological and his adopted son from Korea—
Beyonce, and a ﬂ ustered daddy trying to make it all better.
One thing leads to another and suddenly the whole thing
is splashed all over AOL, The Early Show, Jimmy Kimmel
Live and more! But the video just scratches the surface of
this worship leader, newly signed to Provident-Integrity
Distribution, whose album, Ragamufﬁ n Soul, dropped late
April. To be sure, Carlos Whittaker has a lot more to talk
about than Beyonce!
DEBUT: Ragamuffi n Soul (Provident-Integrity)
RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2010
THE VIBE: Energetic worship that pushes the envelope with
challenging lyrics that promise to rock the boat
WEBSITE: www.ragamuffi nsoul.com