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With 14 Grammy Awards and stacks of Gold records, Ricky Skaggs needs no introduction. So
rather than speculate on the inspiration behind Mosaic (Skaggs Family), Skaggs’ new faith-based
recording, we asked the music legend to explain the heart and mind behind his latest in this CCM
what prompted you to record an album of spiritual songs?
ricky: I had a strong sense that the Lord was leading me to do this project. So I started looking
for songs, and Gordon Kennedy came onboard to help me write and produce it. I felt if I was going
to do something different with this record, I needed some other ears, eyes and heart. Gordon was
the right man for the job.
Over the years you have defied definition with forays into various genres. Have you ever felt the
pressure to commit to one style?
ricky: It’s always a balancing act. I’ve tried to make the music that’s in my head and in my heart.
I’m sure some fans think I have multiple personalities, but music shouldn’t have boundaries. I love
many types of music. It would be plain boring without variety.
You said you try to make “music that is in my head and in my heart.” How does Mosaic reflect
ricky: In my head, I heard Gordon Kennedy’s demos of these songs. I thought they were awesome,
but I didn’t know if I could make them work for me. We kept adding music that had sounds of the
Mountains of Kentucky where my DNA is very thick. Finally, it clicked! It was like a really great
musical gumbo. In my heart, every one of these songs makes me look at myself and see where I am
in my relationship with the Lord. This project was as much for me as it is by me!
Many people consider music spiritual. what correlation do you perceive between music and God?
ricky: Music is a part of God’s nature. There is music in Heaven all the time. My friend Don Potter
said he had a dream that he went to Heaven and he heard angels singing one of his songs. He said
to an angel, “So you heard one my songs.” The angel said, “No, you heard one of our songs.” In
Matthew 6: 9-15, Jesus said, “On earth as it IS in Heaven”. So the best thing I can be doing is eaves-
dropping on heaven.
the act: Switchfoot
the site: www.switchfoot.com
the sound: Modern Rock ‘n Roll
the buzz: The band’s latest Top 10
Modern Rock hit “The Sound” is now
the soundtrack to this fall’s CSI:Miami
promotional video. watch it here.
the act: Don Poythress
the site: http://donpoythress.com
the sound: Country-influenced worship
the buzz: The worship artist and
Country songwriter recently garnered
his first CMA nod in the Song of the Year
category for his help in penning “A Little
More Country Than That,” a #1 radio
hit for new Country sensation Easton
the act: Charmaine
the site: www.charmainemusic.com
the sound: Hip pop
the buzz: In a unique marketing ploy,
Charmaine’s newest single from Love
Reality (in:cite) is now available on the
Rock Band Network for fans to play on
their Playstation, Xbox 360 and Wii.
Check it out here.