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After selling over four million records and releasing 17 hit singles in the last 15 years, not to
mention winning his ﬁ rst Dove Award last month, Country music veteran Ty Herndon releases
his ﬁ rst Gospel album, Journey On (FUNL) this June. Taking a break from the media frenzy hyping
his ﬁ rst record in over three years, the Butler, Alabama native explains to CCM Magazine… why
Gospel and why now.
After years of releasing Country music records, what prompted a Gospel recording?
Ty Herndon: My ﬁ rst exposure to music was Gospel and bluegrass. My grandmother had a local radio
show. She would stand me on a Coca-Cola box and I would sing everything from Gospel standards to
songs from the Happy Goodman Family. It was a huge part of my early life. When I went into Country
music I promised my grandmother that one day I would return to my roots. I guess it was time.
What role has music played in your spiritual life?
Ty: I can’t tell you how many times I have fallen to my knees in worship hearing the voice of God
through song. Some days that’s the only way I can hear God’s message to me. I also celebrate
so many good things in my heart and life through music. It’s my voice to the world. Even in my
country hits there have always been positive messages about love.
You co-wrote all the songs on Journey On, a ﬁ rst for you. How did the songwriting process affect
the tone of this record?
Ty: I didn’t set out to write a Christian record, I just wanted to tell my story through music. My
pastors, Donny and Reba Rambo McGuire and I wrote a song called “I Cried Out to the Lord.” Reba
mentioned it seemed to be where my heart was at the time. That’s how it began. I then called on
other friends, people who know me and know my heart, and the stories and songs started coming.
The end result was a record about redemption, life, grace, love and worship.
You have battled with your share of private issues over the years. Is this record your testimony?
Ty: This record is my journey with the Lord. As you listen to the words you will hear my struggles
and the glory of being healed and lifted to new heights of love and understanding. It is my hope
that this music will bring the power of God’s love to those who hear it.
— Andrew Greer
Ty Herndon CROSSOVER
The Act: The Afters
The Site: www.theafters.com
The Sound: Melodic pop/rock with a
bit of grit
The Buzz: “Never Going Back to OK”
hand-selected by American Idol’s Randy
Jackson for ABC’s Secrets of the Mountain
movie soundtrack, further building
momentum for band’s third record,
Light Up the Sky, releasing this fall.
The Act: Jason Castro
The Site: www.jasoncastromusic.com
The Sound: The lyric-driven pop of
Jason Mraz merged with relaxed singer/
songwriter melodies a la Jack Johnson
The Buzz: American Idol alum releases
full-length record including his popular
version of “Hallelujah.”
CHECK OUT HIS CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY HERE.
The Act: Sandi Patty
The Site: www.sandipatty.com
The Sound: Inspirational diva pop with
The Buzz: So far in 2010 the famous
singer adds The Today Show with Kathie
Lee & Hoda, the Grand Ole Opry and last
month’s co-bill with former President
George W. Bush to a legendary resume
of high-proﬁ le performances.