Christian music artist thurane is Worship Minister at SCWCC in Surprise/Peoria, AZ. His mother sang him lullabies at bedtime, many of which were Christian spirituals. He grew up taking piano lessons, singing in choir and exploring various musical influences including Elvis, the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, among others. After years of hitting the road with various mainstream bands, thurane returned home and started studying the Bible, learning about discipleship and getting involved with Campus Crusade for Christ to really dig into his faith. His new EP titled, : authentic worship : is available now on the Apple Store.

Let’s get to know a bit more about thurane in Part 3 of this 3 part CCM Artist Featured Spotlight

Artist Name:

Worship, Rock, AC, CCM, CHR

Youngtown, AZ

SPINNUP/Universal Music Group

Hobbies/Interests Apart from Music:
Working out, Spiritual Formation/Discipleship, Politics (I’m a Jeffersonian Republican, more libertarian than conservative)

Last Netflix Binge:
West Wing (great show, I don’t agree with the liberal political aspects of the show)

Musical Influences:
Paul Baloche, Led Zeppelin, Chris Tomlin, Beatles, Pat Barrett, Elvis Presley, Matt Redman, Van Halen, Lincoln Brewster, and G-n-R

Very First Musical Purchase:
Peavey Bass (I had to pay my mom back)

CCM: What can listeners expect in terms of the sound, style and lyrics?
thurane: The E.P. is a high-energy worship explosion, venturing into modern expressions of passion for God with intense flurries of musical majesty, particularly with “Worthy.” Lyrically the words are relatively simple expressions of praise and love to God. “It’s All Good (ATAGIY)” is based on Romans 8:28 , taking a familiar meme from today & merging it with a familiar scripture. “Over & Under” emerges from Psalm 139:8 and “You Gave Me (the ANSWER)” pummels home the idea that John 14:6 is more than a quote, it’s a living seed providing the basis of identity in Christ.

CCM: Who are your biggest musical influences?
Paul Baloche, Jimmy Page, Pat Barrett, Paul McCartney, Chris Tomlin, Elvis Presley, Lincoln Brewster

CCM: What was the songwriting process like on this record?
thurane: Long! When initial song ideas are born, they slowly take form and shape, get destroyed, re-configured, smashed again—then finally reconstructed into worship songs. After that, as I lead worship with them live at church, my musicians and I play the songs, where they change more. Then, finally, the studio production determines the final version that gets released to radio.

CCM: Are there any underlying themes or threads that tie this project together?
thurane: Despite the evil that surrounds us and the sins that entangle us, God’s goodness bursts through light like a lightning bolt, piercing the darkness that entangles our souls. Even as the world and its hatred engulf us, the Lord’s love surrounds and fills us even more. Answers are found in Him, and we find our value through expressing God’s worthiness.

CCM: How important is your faith or spirituality within your music?
thurane: Integral, essential, and inextricably connected to my worship songs and music. I left secular music to do music for the Lord, and so shall I remain.

CCM: What message do you hope listeners will take away from your music, regardless of what they believe?
thurane: I want people, whether believer or non-believer, to experience the intense power of God’s passion for us, feel His love, be drawn into worshiping Him, and receive salvation.


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