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Paul Alvin Harris / Blog

WHAT A RIDE,,,

My story, so far, goes like this....grew up singing in church. I wanted to travel and sing professionally. I loved Country and Christian music. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that was what I was wanted to do. After traveling full time for a couple of years with a Christian group called Promised, I considered moving to Nashville to work into Christian or Country music as a solo act. Those plans were put on hold. And, at the time, I thought they would never materialize. I married my very supportive and encouraging wife, Danyelle, who desired me to keep pursuing my music career. Instead of waiting to have kids 3-5 years into our marriage, it was 3-5 months. hehehe. Things definitely changed. God seemed to have different plans and a different path for me musically. Here I was, a husband and new daddy (to what would later be 4 great kiddos), only to began leading worship in churches in Texas and Arkansas with an occasional coffee house, ice cream shop, and bar gig now and then. It was clear to me that, even though this was a different path than I expected, God placed within me a desire to use music to impact people in a positive way, ultimately pointing them to Him. Through leading worship, this simple vision of impacting people through music is being accomplished. The same can be said of this new season. I want to positively impact and deeply connect with people through Country music, one of my favorite genres. It is one of my favorite genres because it tells it like it is and you can sing about all experiences of life, be it physical, emotional, and spiritual. There is never a better opportunity to tell stories to connect with people, whether it is about love, humor, or your deepest hurt reaching to the depths of a person’s own experience. Country music digs into the spirit of a person very easily. So, whether I write songs about Chunky Dunkin or just songs about life and love, one thing is clear, this path of impact always seems to take some interesting turns. I’m just hanging on for the ride, clearly knowing I’m simply the rider, not the Driver.

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