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 2 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 was the last song you listened to on your playlist or stereo?
thurane: “We Gather Together” – the old hymn

CCM: What was the last book you read?
thurane: Bonheffer: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr, Spy

CCM: If you could tell the world about another artist/band to check out, who would it be?
thurane: Pat Barrett, he’s an incredible worshiper, worship leader and singer-songwriter.

CCM: What has been interesting to you musically lately? Perhaps something new to you in terms of listening habits or influences?
thurane: Developing my ability on the Motif. As a guitarist, I’m limited by what I prefer to use it for. So, tackling the Motif and incorporating symphonic software sampling from East-West has been a focus for me.

CCM: Name a song that you wish you’d written (and why).
thurane: “Above All” by Paul Baloche. It is inspired, sounds as if it “eternally existed” and feels Spirit created, like God wrote it through Paul. The amazing thing is that it’s incredibly emotive yet perfectly crafted, expressing that God is above us yet placed us above all in dying for us.

CCM: How did you arrive at the name of your new album?
thurane: : authentic worship : is a title inspired by a move towards worship in the midst of chaos, failure, rejection and pain. That’s why the cover is designed to look like a hurriedly rushed package with a broken typewriter and sloppy, wet ink. The songs express a similar emotion with simple messages, yet having a contradictory polished production.


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