Audry Assad

Pop

Praise & Worship,Pop,Folk

http://www.audreyassad.com

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Individualistic. A free spirit. Untraditional. In junior high those labels are a death sentence. In adulthood, they usually describe people the rest of us wish we could be – creative, intriguing people like Audrey Assad. Truly one-of-a-kind, this intensely honest singer-songwriter is carving out her own unique path in the music industry and opening hearts to God along the way.

Audrey Assad stood out even when everyone else was trying desperately to blend in. “Middle school was horrendous for me because I loved to study, loved school and loved band,” she recalls, adding, “and kids don’t let you get away with that at all.” It didn’t help that one of the instruments she played was the xylophone.

“I was 19 when I started to fully understand the idea of surrendering my life -- not just as a concept, but the daily hopes and dreams and disappointments -- and giving that away to God,” she says. “That’s when I first started to realize He had gifted me with music.”

Shortly after that spiritual epiphany, Audrey Assad set aside the notion of pursuing an English degree or studying fashion design and began leading worship in the foyer of a church she didn’t even attend. Standing by her lifelong conviction to “bloom where you’re planted,” she set out to do whatever God put in front of her that let her use her gifts.

That led to local gigs, worship events and a four-song demo, recorded by a friend with Garage Band for several hundred dollars. Along the way, Audrey Assad struck up friendships with 10th Avenue North and Phil LaRue. Next came a move to Nashville and a five-song EP, Fireflies, recorded in 2008 with LaRue and Paul Moak. It was that recording that caught the attention of the A&R department at Sparrow Records, but not before Audrey joined Chris Tomlin on his Christmas tour and album, covering her song “Winter Snow” as a duet.

Audrey Assad 2010 debut, The House You’re Building, released just days after her 27th birthday, was named Amazon.com’s “Best Christian Music of 2010” and the Christian Breakthrough Album of the Year on iTunes.  The collection of piano-driven pop also contains plenty of worship, something that’s more than just a genre of music or something saved for Sunday mornings, it bleeds into every one ofAudrey Assad’s live sets.

“Worship leading is a big part of what I do. If I’m not opening believers hearts, then I’m not doing what I want to do,” she explains. “Of course, I want to evangelize and change people’s lives, but really I just hope it opens them up a little bit more to God.”

Audrey Assad’s passionate about songwriting as well. The songs for her debut were written in Nashville, featuring collaborations between Audrey Assad and everyone from Maher, LaRue and Ben Glover (Britt Nicole, Mandisa, Gloriana) to Marc Byrd (Hammock, Third Day, Kutless, Leeland) and Sarah Hart (Amy Grant, Adie Camp, Robbie Seay Band). She also penned one song on her own and shares a co-writing credit with producer Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, Natasha Bedingfield, Bethany Dillon).

“The record is about faith. It’s about the cross and fear and pain and how God is carrying me even though sometimes it doesn’t feel like it,” Audrey explains. “Marshall pulled things out of me emotionally that I don’t think I’d ever accessed, making me realize that every time I sing these songs, I have to channel my pain and walk through it.”

During this season before and during the recording process, Audrey Assad continued to push herself to grow – in her spiritual life and her chosen craft. At one point, she challenged herself to write one song a day for 30 days (one of those tracks landed on her debut). She read all of C.S. Lewis’ works chronologically over the course of a year, looking for further theological inspiration. And in 2007, as part of her ongoing spiritual journey, she converted to Catholicism, quite a change from her upbringing in the Plymouth Brethren church.

Meeting Matt Maher during Gospel Music Week ’08 led to another big life-change. He brought Audrey out to Phoenix for the Arise conference. “We’d never sung together, but he had this feeling like it might work,” she says. “Our first time singing together we were like, ‘where have you been all my life -- musically speaking?’” After that, Audrey spent eight months on the road with Maher and his band, forging a strong friendship. It was that tour, with this group of guys who became like brothers, which led her to spend more and more time in the Phoenix area, the band’s home base. Soon, she was packing her belongings and heading west.

It’s certainly not the norm – most aspiring artists move to Nashville, eager to remain part of the local scene. But Audrey’s never been too concerned with what everyone else is doing. Instead, she was looking for the right fit for her. “I wanted to be part of a larger community, and I was really drawn to the idea of living somewhere where I could travel and then return to people just living regular life,” she says.

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Discography

Album Title Year Label
Firefly2008Independent
The House You're Building2010Sparrow Records
Heart2012Sparrow Records

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Location:

Phoenix

Arizona

United States

Record Label:

Saprrow Records

Christian Label:

Yes

Years Active:

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