12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Morning Rises finds Aaron Shust expanding his sound along the lines of 2011’s This Is What We Believe. At the same time, the Christian singer/songwriter stays rooted in a folk/pop approach, evident both in his wistful melodies and earnest, slightly croaky vocal delivery. The shift toward sparkling pianos, steady rhythms, and big guitar flourishes heard in these tracks reflects the grand scope of the album’s message. Songs like “Cornerstone,” “Rushing Waters,” and “Great Is the Chorus” are triumphant hosannas filled with sweeping imagery and humble words of praise for the Savior. The soaring, lyrically vivid “God of Brilliant Lights” is notable for its theme of redemption overcoming human weakness and sin. Whether he’s offering yearning balladry (“No One Higher”) or galloping country-tinged workouts (“Firm Foundation”), Shust conveys a sense of awe and wonder at the scope of God’s majesty. The acoustic-oriented “Deliver Me” and the gently atmospheric “Satisfy” hark back to the contemplative simplicity of his first two albums.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Morning Rises finds Aaron Shust expanding his sound along the lines of 2011’s This Is What We Believe. At the same time, the Christian singer/songwriter stays rooted in a folk/pop approach, evident both in his wistful melodies and earnest, slightly croaky vocal delivery. The shift toward sparkling pianos, steady rhythms, and big guitar flourishes heard in these tracks reflects the grand scope of the album’s message. Songs like “Cornerstone,” “Rushing Waters,” and “Great Is the Chorus” are triumphant hosannas filled with sweeping imagery and humble words of praise for the Savior. The soaring, lyrically vivid “God of Brilliant Lights” is notable for its theme of redemption overcoming human weakness and sin. Whether he’s offering yearning balladry (“No One Higher”) or galloping country-tinged workouts (“Firm Foundation”), Shust conveys a sense of awe and wonder at the scope of God’s majesty. The acoustic-oriented “Deliver Me” and the gently atmospheric “Satisfy” hark back to the contemplative simplicity of his first two albums.

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About Aaron Shust

A contemporary Christian singer and songwriter, Aaron Shust grew up in Pennsylvania, but became a true musician in Georgia, where he studied music theory. His first album, Anything Worth Saying, was recorded in 2004, which landed him a deal with the Brash Music label soon thereafter. The album would end up becoming the fifth best-selling praise & worship record in 2006, and produced a genre radio hit with the single "My Savior My God." The song would go on to hit the top spot on a number of charts, eventually scoring Shust a Dove Award for Best Song. His second album, Whispered and Shouted, was released in the summer of 2007 to impressive first-week sales. ~ Chris True

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