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Lesser Known ... Greater Impact

posted: December 7th, 2011 by Kelly VE

You don't have to hang around with us long to learn that Under the Radar supports independent artists. One way we show our support is through mini-tours and most recently the In Your House Tour with Eric Peters. While on tour this fall, we were interested to find out what kind of impact lesser known music has on people's lives and spiritual walk. Here are some of the comments from the attendees:
 

Living in a quaint but very small town it's easy to become sheltered & disconnected from other Christian's journeys. Eric Peters' music was just lovely, but deeper than that, it provided a way to deeply connect with another Christian's journey and experiences. In such a small intimate setting, the music and words reminded me that others have storms & challenges - and with the Lord all things are possible! - Linnea T. in Oregon

I enjoy listening to lesser-known artists. They generally give a different twist on music and it expands my musical horizons. - Cynda P. in Georgia

Just seeing there are other Christians out there looking to spread the word and allow God to use them is encouraging to me. Kind of prompts me to be out there looking for how God wants to use the things that I can do. - Eric L. in Oregon

Discovering artists like Andrew Peterson and Josh Garrels, Ben Shive and Eric Peters had a large part in causing me to face my fears and dreams honestly and surrender them to God completely. - Chris W.

It is more thoughtful and intentional, so it leads me to think more deeply, even when it is to disagree with lyrics. Whether it is directly about faith or just some facet of life, the indie music I listen to is always catching my attention with new and inspiring ways of phrasing thought. - Kristen S. in Texas

It's good for my soul. It tends be more real and less telling me what I want to hear. - Josiah S. in West Virginia

Greatly. It's what gets me through most days. I find the message to be more grace filled and less legalistic than what I find on mainstream Christian radio. - Tamara W. in Nebraska

We primarily listen to lesser-known music, as we find it often has the depth and thought that is missing on the Adult CHR stations. These artists provide lyrics and thoughts that stir our souls individually and as a family. - Andrew M. in West Virginia
 

Thanks to everyone that shared! We'd love to keep this conversation going . . . so you've got the floor! How does independent/lesser-known music affect your life and spiritual walk? Leave comments below!

Comments (2)

I love Sara Groves’ music.  Although I didn’t find her through this site, I appreciate what you are trying to do to get her music out there to minister to others.  For me, her music sooths my soul and speaks to my heart in ways that no other artist has.  As a Christian, a mother, and a person who has struggled with deep, dark places in my mind, words cannot describe how much comfort and encouragement her honest and beautiful lyrics and melodies have meant to me.  Thanks for the encouragement as I continue my journey of faith!

Jill D 05:22 PM Wed, Dec 07, 2011

Independant artists have the freedom to write about what is most important to them, often resulting in songs that are more honest and introspective than most record labels would allow.  Some of these artists have as much influence on my philosophy and view of the gospel as any author, theologian, or pastor.  Andrew Peterson and Waterdeep have been helping to support me in my walk for years and consistently craft excellent, introspective music.  I only recently discovered Josh Garrels, but his music is some of the best I have heard in this respect.

jrygel 01:26 PM Tue, Apr 24, 2012

Independant artists have the freedom to write about what is most important to them, often resulting in songs that are more honest and introspective than most record labels would allow.  Some of these artists have as much influence on my philosophy and view of the gospel as any author, theologian, or pastor.  Andrew Peterson and Waterdeep have been helping to support me in my walk for years and consistently craft excellent, introspective music.  I only recently discovered Josh Garrels, but his music is some of the best I have heard in this respect.

jrygel 01:26 PM Tue, Apr 24, 2012

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