Nashville, Tenn. — After the tragic school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas last Friday, Georgia reared singer/songwriter Austin French took to Facebook to pay tribute to the victims, sharing an unreleased song from his upcoming album called “Why God.” The timely single was already scheduled to release this Friday.
“I wrote this song on my record based on the ‘why God?’ moments we experience as humans. In light of another horrific school shooting I find another moment to ask the question, ‘why God?'” shared French on Facebook. “I don’t understand why these things happen. But what I do understand is this is exactly why the students and families affected by this tragedy need a God of comfort, healing, and hope. God is not scared of our questions. He wants them, He welcomes them, and He loves you. My heart and prayers are with you Santa Fe High School.”
Austin French grew up in small town, Cordele, GA. He dreamed of sharing his faith and passion for Jesus through music at a young age. Being surrounded by a musical family inspired his passion for writing music. As he began to develop his gifts he formed bands learning to take his music to stages and churches.
After becoming the worship pastor at Journey Church, in Tifton, GA, French met his wife, Joscelyn. While serving there, French was featured on the first season of the ABC TV show “Rising Star,” where he finished as runner-up. After the show, Austin and his wife moved to Florida, and then to Nashville, TN in 2017 where French began his journey into the CCM industry, signing with Fair Trade Services. After moving to Nashville, French and his wife adopted their son, and while in the process, gave birth to their second little boy. French has released two singles from his anticipated debut album, “Freedom Hymn” and “Wide Open,” with a third single, “Why God,” set to release this Friday.