Home is a bittersweet word for singer/songwriter Nathan Tasker. As Australia’s preeminent male Christian recording artist, with three best-selling albums, a string of #1 singles and numerous accolades to his credit, Nathan was on top of the world Down Under. He was named 2006 "Artist of the Year" and awarded "Song of The Year" by the Australian Christian Music Charts. He has written, recorded and produced several gospel albums. His song "Like You Love Me" reached #1 on the TRAA weekly Contemporary Top 30 chart.
But when that undeniable still small voice began stirring in his soul, he knew it would ultimately mean leaving home.
Packing their bags at the end of 2006, Nathan Tasker and his wife Cassie walked away from his success in Australia to embark upon a new journey in America. But as difficult as saying goodbye to family and friends proved to be, there was no doubt this adventure was ordained.
“I had a real sense that I wanted to be among other artists who were also believers," Nathan recalls. “I felt a longing to do what I do better. And I realized that where I was, I didn’t have those influences around me, either older full-time musicians or fellow writers. And so we decided to pack up and start over. There are times I feel like that was foolish—we had created something unique and special in Australia—but I don’t think I would have grown as much as an artist or in my faith if we hadn’t moved here.”
Settling in Nashville, Nathan Tasker finally had the opportunity to nurture relationships with the very mentors and peers he longed to know. Although he had worked with legendary artist, author, songwriter and producer Charlie Peacock while still living in Australia, now residing in the same city as such an influential name in Christian music was a dream come true.
“Charlie was the first person who got me to think about not only the chords I play on my guitar or the melodies I create, but also the philosophy behind why I do what I do, Nathan shares. “He has a heart for Christian music, obviously, and he also really wants to do things that benefit the Church. That is very much my heart as well; I want to learn how to do that faithfully.”
Nathan Tasker’s Aussie heritage affords him a unique perspective from which to convey his faith here on the other side of the world. Growing up in a Christian home—Nathan’s father was a chaplain at an all-girls school in Sydney—his own testimony strikes a familiar chord for many.
“I was profoundly impacted by watching my dad minister to and mentor others, but during my early high school years I kind of rebelled against that,” Nathan remembers. “I think part of the reason was to see if there was satisfaction outside of following Jesus. My parents saw I had lost my way pretty seriously, so they bought me a book called No Compromise, the story of Keith Green’s life. Keith spoke and wrote about Jesus in such a way that He was alive and personal. I realized I knew a lot of facts about Jesus—I could answer all the Bible trivia questions—but I didn’t really know the same Jesus. Then, after reading the Gospels over a two-week period I prayed to God and said, ‘I want to follow you. I don’t know what that looks like, but will you lead me?’ And that’s been my prayer ever since.”
At the same time, Nathan Tasker was cultivating a deep interest in music. He learned to play the electric guitar, piano, trumpet and bass guitar, but it wasn’t until he picked-up his mother’s dilapidated old classical guitar that Nathan found his true musical pursuit. “Pretty much every moment I could I was playing the guitar, which probably explains some of my school grades”, he says. “and teaching myself guitar allowed me to find a style that is totally unique to me”.
His rekindled faith, coupled with his budding musical talents, foreshadowed a future calling when Nathan Tasker took his guitar to school one day. “I remember playing a song about a girl who was thinking about ending her life and then she finds Hope in Jesus. I looked around the class and a girl had started crying, not because of my singing, but because the song actually spoke to her. Socrates said that when the soul hears music it lets down its best guard, and I saw that in that instance.”
Deferring the completion of college, Nathan Tasker instead poured his efforts into a full-time Christian music ministry, and he hasn’t looked back. Hit singles, awards and accolades have punctuated his career in Australia, but he’s not allowing that to shift his focus from what’s most important. For some, leaving their family and home at the pinnacle of success would have been unthinkable, but for Nathan Tasker, it was simply an act of obedience.
“At the end of the day we’re just trying to be faithful to the call God has placed on my life, and often times that leads you out of comfort to the unknown, and that’s what moving to America was for us,” Nathan says. “I look at what we create now, the music, the way we share our lives—whether on stage or off—and I see that God is faithful through it all.”
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