[NOTE: "Bring Glory" was originally released nationwide on SpringHill/Warner Bros/Word Records. Scott has recently acquired the masters and now the project is available independently]
ABOUT "BRING GLORY"
Although Scott Riggan has become known for his popular worship songs, he's not exactly comfortable with the label of "worship artist".
"It's true that my shows end with a time of worship," explains Scott, "and I do write a lot of worshipful songs. But my songwriting covers it all - love, faith, family - you name it. I don't feel any need to limit my subject matter."
But with songs like "I Love You Lord" (his nationwide #1 radio hit) and his communion song "Remember" being sung in churches all over the world, Scott started to feel some pressure to record a set of worship tunes for his second solo project.
"Everyone encouraged me to do a worship CD. Instead, I ended up writing a bunch of songs about what it means to be a worshiper." At the heart of Scott's new project is a powerful verse of Scripture from the book of Romans:
"Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's
mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy
and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of
worship..." [Romans 12:1, NIV]
"In our culture, worship is something we do in a church building - we 'worship' and then the preacher gives a sermon," Scott explains. "But the way I see it, worship is better defined as a life lived in submission to our great and holy God. A life lived on the altar."
This idea of a life lived "on the altar" runs throughout "Bring Glory" in songs like "I Live To Praise You", "Altar of my Heart" and "Matches". The CD opens with "Great Is The Lord" and reaches a key moment with "Lay Me Down":
"I am a proud man in my heart of hearts
It is not in my nature to kneel
But falling down at the feet of the Lord of the stars
Now I know how humility feels..."
"If God is just a mediocre god," Scott says, "then what would be the point of worshiping Him? The starting point for an attitude of worship is acknowledging the greatness of God."
released July 4, 2005
Jason Collum, Thad Beaty and Scott Riggan produced and arranged everything (with many inspired ideas from everyone involved). Thad played all the guitars. Jason played drums, percussion, piano and orchestra bells and spent countless hours hunched over his powerbook editing…and tweaking…and editing. Mark Childres played bass. Lonnie Fowler played piano, keyboards and B-3. Matt Stanfield also played piano and Wurlitzer and he provided any and all space noises. Scott played piano on “Matches”. John Catchings arranged the strings (brilliantly, I might add) and played cello. Pamela Sixfin played violin. Scott sang a lot (all the while re-writing several of the songs at the last minute). Chance Scoggins contributed some incredible background vocals (and Jason, Thad and Scott sang some harmonies and stuff too). Jimmy recorded some of it at Playground Recording Studios in Nashville and Thad did a lot of stuff at Brown Sugar Studios in Franklin (and there was additional work by Jason at Snap, Crackle and Pop Studios and some vocals engineered by Scott Pergande at The Mix House in Boise). Jimmy mixed everything at Apollo 54, Steve Lotz engineered vocals and Dan Shike at Tone And Volume mastered the record. Thad plays Langejans guitars. Mark uses GHS strings and plays Fender bass guitars. Jason plays Gretsch drums and pretty much lives on O’Charley’s loaded potato soup (and the occasional sushi). Scott plays Hoener melodicas (but not on this record). Inspired by Romans 12 and a great deal of good coffee.
I want to thank all of the friends and family who have been so supportive of this crazy thing I do. There are too many of you to mention, but I hope you know how much you are appreciated. Big super-sized thanks to Jason Collum and Thad Beaty – you guys are amazing, and I’m humbled at the time and talent you poured into this project. Special thanks to my family, Julie, Emily and Josiah. To Jason Hill, thanks for beating me regularly in racquetball (and for challenging me to reconsider the things I believe). Deep appreciation to Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive for writing “Holy Is The Lord” and to Michael and Debbie Smith for giving us “Great Is The Lord” – a classic that will outlive all of us. And to one of my heroes, the late Keith Green, thanks for the naked honesty of “My Eyes Are Dry” (and for shocking me into getting serious about Jesus when I was a kid). Thanks to Shannon Becker at Big Town Productions and Promotions, Carla Archuletta at Fruition Artist Agency, Glenda McNalley at The Select Artist Group, Jimmy Jernigan, Jerry Woods and everyone at KTSY, Dave Arthur at KFIS, Jesse Shuster, Chris Cooke, Ben Bauman, Bobby Marko, Len Engel, Shalom Pennington, Scott Cook, Shannon Presley, Eagle Christian Church, Aimee Griffin at Spinning Plates Music, Logan Beaty (for mostly not barking at the wrong times), Phillip White, the China team (“Sustained Panic World Tour” 2005!), Commit Ministries, and The JESUS Film Project. And finally, my deepest gratitude to my Lord and my God, Who alone is worthy of worship. May we bow to none but You.
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