Acoustic Storytime with Jason Gray, Rhett Walker, and Leanna Crawford

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Jason Gray

The human spirit is something like a muscle in that it must be pushed to its limits and torn down in order to grow. 3 words to describe this process of transformation are order, disorder, and reorder.

Order is when everything is going according to our plan. We’re using all that we’ve learned so far to put our lives together with stability and security.

Disorder is when our plan falls apart. We find we weren’t as in control as we thought we were and there is more we need to learn. Reminded of our vulnerability, we are broken down and opened up enough to meet with God in a profound way.

Reorder is when we emerge from disorder transformed by what we learned and by having met with God in a way that changed us. We are wiser, kinder, more humble, and stronger than before.

Today’s reorder becomes tomorrow’s order, and the cycle begins again. Recognizing this helps me panic less and trust more.

I wrote some songs to explore these themes and decided to release them in three volumes: “Order,” “Disorder,” and “Reorder,” giving time and space for reflecting on one part of the journey before digging into the next.

Rhett Walker

Rhett Walker Band frontman Rhett Walker is a preacher's kid from the Aiken, SC area. The band formed in 2011 and consists of Rhett Walker as well as Kenny Davis who plays drums, the guitarist Joe Kane, and bassist Kevin Whitsett.

The band released their debut single "When Mercy Found Me" on April 23, 2012, and reached No.5 on the Christian AC Indicator & AC Monitored chart September 2012. This song was written by Rhett Walker and Jeff Pardo. "When Mercy Found Me" was nominated for a Grammy on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.

The band's debut album Come to the River released on July 10, 2012 by Essential Records. Walker said they wrote 50 songs while coming up with songs for the record.

The band's second album, Here's to the Ones, was released on October 14, 2014 through Essential Records.

Leanna Crawford

For the past two and half years, the singer-songwriter from northwestern Washington, Leanna Crawford, has been writing, touring and singing with some of the biggest names in the Christian music industry. She’s gained more experience than many artists do in a decade, and while her music certainly displays the vocal and songwriting talent of a rising star in CCM, her grounded and honest lyrics make her feel more friend and confidante than star, more approachable than untouchable. Her sophomore self-titled EP, released spring of 2020, certainly accomplishes this. With songs that speak honestly about doubt and insecurity as well as the hope Christ offers in our darkest moments, Crawford’s listeners will find solace in her kind and wise words, while tapping their feet along to contagious, pop-inspired beats.

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