While the venue is decidedly secular — his fans are sipping craft beer — Garrels does a little preaching toward the end of his set. It’s a business model that many musicians say won’t work. He seems to connect with his listeners. Heard on Morning Edition. Neither does Mark Moring. And he does it with more depth and more poetry.
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But Josh Garrels is used to doing things his own way.
He says he’s comfortable performing on both sides of the sacred-secular divide: 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.
While the venue is decidedly secular — his fans are sipping craft beer — Garrels does a little preaching toward the end of his set.
There’s an inside joke among some who sneer at contemporary Christian music: Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Garrels is playing a sold-out concert at Portland’s historic Alberta Bteween Theatre.
Love & War & the Sea in Between
Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Heard on Morning Edition. One of them is Luana Wilson, a stay-at-home mom from Vancouver, Wash. December 26, 2: As the gatrels 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.
In 66 minutes, Garrels mentions Jesus exactly once.
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One night, the youth ministers are clapping; the next night, the bartenders are giving him high-fives. Does that make sense? In the lobby after the show, fans line up to buy a CD or shake Garrels’ hand.
He’s sitting on a stool wearing a white skullcap, a work shirt and work boots and resting a Gibson guitar on his knee. He’s been courted repeatedly by what’s known as CCM — the contemporary Christian music industry — and he always declines. He’s the former pop-culture editor at Christianity Today and a fan of Garrels’ music.
In his music, Josh Garrels says, he tries to “peel back layers” of what it means to be a Christian. And I just love the fact that his sound is fresh and new and just deep.
Love & War & The Sea In Between | Josh Garrels
He seems to connect with his listeners. It’s a business model that many musicians say won’t work. His music has earned him an adoring following. And he does it with more depth and more poetry.
Love & War & The Sea In Between
In all, he says he’s given awaydownloads. Neither does Mark Moring. 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. Garrels, a year-old former skate punk who says he sold drugs in high school, lives in Portland, Ore. They not only tap their feet; they nod their heads in agreement. As an independent, Garrels has built his fan base in a way that may seem counterintuitive. The album is a lyrical, haunting exploration of what it means to be a Christian.