Life Is Full Of Surprises
is full of surprises. We often find ourselves traveling down one road only to
detour onto another of life’s many highways. These highways are illuminated
by the streetlights that God places along the way to help us traverse the
narrow road. David Crowder understands this as well as anyone. His life and
his music are consumed with The Light, The Way and The Truth.
Born in a
small Texas town on the border of Arkansas, David Crowder lived a simple life
in a strong Christian home with his mother, father and younger brother. The
son of an insurance salesman, David’s plan was to take over the family
business after first attending college. With this in mind, David enrolled in
Baylor University in Waco, Texas. It was at this point that his life took a
committed Christian, David became active in a local congregation near Baylor
University and grew to become a strong worship leader. It was out of this
college experience that David’s calling became clear to him. He realized the
road he was on didn’t lead back to an insurance office in Texas. Instead, it
led him to ministry. Quite supportive of his calling, David’s parents
embraced his journey into ministry.
were really supportive,” David recalls. “It made sense by the time it
arrived. There was the thought that there was a calling here and now you are
stepping into it. They were super about it.”
became more and more involved with worship at his college congregation,
University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. This led David to become active in
music ministry, composing and performing Christian music in his local Church.
He targeted the lyrics and music towards those without a typical Christian
Soon he and
his fellow band mates drew more and more participants to worship through their
unique brand of music. This led to greater opportunities for the young artist
and his group. They attended the Youth Specialties Conventions, D.C/LA events,
and had an opportunity to participate in the Passion movement led by Reverend
Louie Giglio. About this same time, Crowder and company released an
independent album, which he gave to Reverend Giglio.
Reverend Giglio formed Sixstep records and signed David to his fledgling
label. Crowder quickly became one of the most sought after artists on college
campuses, undertaking a grueling performance schedule. For example, in 2002,
David performed 251 concerts while only missing 11 Sundays at his congregation
in Waco, Texas. His passion and talent has garnered David and his band mates
numerous accolades including his multiple 2003 Dove Award nominations.
describes his widely popular musical style as a melding of the various musical
backgrounds that each of the group’s members bring to the process. It is a
style of music that David describes as acoustic pop/rock with a little DJ
flavor thrown in.
we got six guys, threw them into a pot and started stiring,” David explains.
“Its fun and pretty eclectic at the same time. When we come together, it
collides into something that we claim as our own. ”
in hand with his love of music is David’s passion for technology and its
place in worship. Although never intended to overshadow worship, David
believes that technology nevertheless has a vital role in the Church. His
focus on technology seems to be a logical step for a musician who prides
himself on identifying new technology to aid the creative process.
had this huge explosion of modern worship,” David states. “I think that
was nothing more than The Church reclaiming popular music that has been absent
since the reformation. We as the Church have begun to reclaim this part of the
arts. I think we’ve made headway and there is so much more that the average
church can do now. With the speed of laptops and very affordable computers
now, it is unlimited what you can do. You can make and produce really good
sounding music with a minimal amount of funds. Part of what we want to do is
to try to educate and inspire the use of technology in the corporate worship
begun to accomplish this goal through a variety of means such as the release
of cutting-edge computer program, Reason 2.5, on David’s 2003 album,
Illuminate. “David Crowder continues to be a musical visionary,” says
Denise George, senior director of artist development at Sparrow Records in a
press release for Illuminate. “Many of the band’s fans are musicians
themselves and David and the band see this software as a useful tool the help
these musicians push the creative envelope. With this CD, fans will also have
unprecedented access to the recording process.”
It is easy
to see the joy that David gets from performing his musical compositions and
working with the latest technology. However his greatest joy comes from a
source much more basic: relationships.
greatest joy comes from the people that God has put around me,” David
states. “When you are in a band you spend a large amount of time with each
other and they are just the best folks. They are so incredibly kind and we
really enjoy each other’s company. I continue to find God in lots of ways I
wouldn’t suspect through their actions towards others and myself.”
David measures success in terms of how he relates to the people around him. It
is relationships, not the accolades that really matter in his life.
are the things that matter,” David explains. “If we are successful in our
relationships I think that everything we do is going to have a great
foundation to stand on. The music comes out of a relationship.”
seems that life has been good for Crowder and company, David has come away
with many difficult life lessons that he is happy to share with others. He is
quick to point out that God is the one we can turn to when the path becomes
just nuts. The thing to know is that God offers just enough illumination for
the next step. We need to pray for the courage to take it.”
nuts. It is filled with a myriad of choices that we are asked to make
everyday. We are asked to choose what career we will pursue, what foods we
will eat or even what things we will believe. These choices often lead us down
roads that are dark and difficult. However, we can always count on God to
illuminate our path. We just need to have the courage and faith to put one
foot in front of the other.