Heard on Morning Edition. As an independent, Garrels has built his fan base in a way that may seem counterintuitive. His music has earned him an adoring following. He's the former pop-culture editor at Christianity Today and a fan of Garrels' music. He seems to connect with his listeners.
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As an independent, Garrels has built his fan base in a way that may seem counterintuitive. Heard on Morning Edition. The album is a lyrical, haunting exploration of what it means to be a Christian.
But Josh Garrels is used to doing things his own loev. He's sitting on a stool wearing a white skullcap, a work shirt and work boots and resting a Gibson guitar on his knee.
I can have them all on the same rotation in my music and not consider myself an apostate or a heretic or anything like that.
He says he's comfortable performing on both sides of the sacred-secular divide: One of them is Luana Wilson, a stay-at-home mom from Vancouver, Wash. He's the former pop-culture editor at Christianity Today and a znd of Garrels' music.
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There's an inside joke among some who sneer at contemporary Christian music: One night, the youth ministers are clapping; the next night, the bartenders are giving him high-fives. Garrels, a year-old former skate punk who says he sold drugs in high school, lives in Portland, Ore.
As the thinking goes, the people who get freebies will buy his earlier albums and his next album, and they'll wait for him to come to their town to play.
Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. In all, he gardels he's given awaydownloads. And I just love the fact that his sound is fresh and new and just deep. What's more, he dedicates a portion of the income he does receive to charities such as World Relief in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
And he does it with more depth and more poetry.
December 26, 2: He's been courted repeatedly by what's known as CCM — the contemporary Christian music industry — and he always declines. It's a business model that many musicians say won't work. His music has earned him an adoring following. In 66 minutes, Garrels mentions Jesus kove once.
In his music, Josh Garrels says, he tries to "peel back layers" of what it means to be a Christian. Does that make sense? In the lobby after the show, fans line up to buy a Swa or shake Garrels' hand.
While the venue is decidedly secular — his fans are sipping craft beer — Garrels does a little preaching toward the end of his set. Garrels is playing a sold-out concert at Portland's historic Alberta Rose Theatre. They not only tap their feet; they nod their heads in agreement. He seems to connect with his listeners.