I was delighted when Jason Gray’s publicist responded with a “yes” to my request for an interview. I knew that Jason was on tour and that finding time for a 30 minutes conversation would be a challenge but together they made it happen!
Deep in the heart of Texas is where I caught up with Jason and my time with him was great! I am grateful for the time he took – on a “performance day” to speak with me. I hope you enjoy the conversation – his message his powerful!
If you are not familiar with Jason and his music, I encourage you to check him out on iTunes today!!!
About Jason Gray
Jason Gray is a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter born and raised in Minnesota who now lives near the Twin Cities area. He spent six years in youth ministry, before going into full-time music ministry in 1999 as an independent artist. Jason has a speech handicap, and as a stutterer, his work emphasizes finding strength in weakness.
Jason was honored as one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans in 2003 by the Minnesota Junior Chamber for his volunteerism, civic leadership, and humanitarian work with World Vision’s Hope Initiative, which addresses the needs of children orphaned by AIDS in Africa and other third-world countries. His passion for understanding service to the poor as a form of worship is expressed in his song “Fade With Our Voices” from his 2009 release Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue.
While his work has garnered gushing critical accolades, it wasn’t primarily the literate craftsmanship of his songs that drew the immediate respect of his peers and a solid fanbase to him. It was, rather, Jason’s candor, his transparency, his willingness to expose his own weaknesses night after night that created an inexplicable bond with audiences and prompted Centricity Music to sign him in 2006.
When a guy who grew up as a chronic stutterer in an abusive home takes the mic and obviously cares more about loving you than about what you think of him, you know something’s up.
Gray’s discography over his career is a logical progression from his earlier indie efforts to his recent ambitious outings that find him skillfully marrying his trademark deft lyrical expressions to smooth pop melodies and a disarming passion in a way that places him somehow simultaneously in multiple camps, instantly begging comparisons to a Brandon Heath on the one hand, and a Mark Heard or a Rich Mullins on the other. For his part, Jason is content to leave the genre-parsing to others, in favor of his more pressing agendas.
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