The Newsboys are the first band that really inspired me. I really admire them for how unashamed they are of what they are singing about. I want to do what they do: be able to write awesome songs about God, and be proud of it. There are people that HATE the Newsboys because of this, but they just keep writing songs like "God's Not Dead" and "We Believe." I want to be able to write songs that are as great as theirs are and still be unashamed of my Lord and not worried about what others think of me for it.
Paul Baloche is great teacher on worship. I have done multiple workshops that he teaches, about vocals, songwriting, etc. And there are more that I have will have to check out I'm sure! But his workshops are really helpful! I really enjoyed both workshops I have done so far and learned a lot from them.
Matthew West is the latest artist to inspire me, just because of the music he writes. For example, one of his songs, "Strong Enough", is probably my favorite song by him, both because it is a great song and because of the meaning behind it. It talks about how we can't do it alone, but when we ask God to help us, he is faithful, and will always pick us up when we fall. I definitely recommend checking it out! It is in his album "The Story of Your Life." And check out the rest of his music too, they all have great meaning and are very thought provoking!
--Who are some artists who inspire you? (Maybe not for music itself, but inspires you for anything!) Share your thoughts in the comments!