One short year ago, Aaron Shust sat excitedly in the crowd at his first Dove Awards to
enjoy performances by many of the artists he had long admired. Today, just twelve
months later, he's returning to take the stage himself at his second Dove Awards
show, carrying an armload of nominations that have followed his own smash hit
single, "My Savior, My God."
Aaron's debut release, Anything Worth Saying, sold over 140,000 copies in the last year
while "My Savior, My God" was downloaded over 85,000 times on iTunes and maintained
the #1 spot on the Web site's "Inspirational" Chart for more than three months. With
more radio airplay than any other song in 2006, "My Savior, My God" topped several radio
charts and was named the #1 Song of the Year across multiple formats.
Even as everything was changing due to his overnight success, Aaron set to work on
his anticipated sophomore release, Whispered and Shouted. Though the songwriting
process was sometimes challenging amid a whirlwind of media interviews, tour
dates, and meet-and-greets, Aaron remained focused on writing songs that lead
people to worship Christ more deeply.
Throughout the overwhelming changes he's experienced over the last few months,
Aaron has continued to be awed by God's kingship and mercy over all of his life, and
the songs on Whispered and Shouted are a testament to that. The album's title was
drawn from the song "Can't Hide from Your Love," which is loosely based on Romans
1:20. "Take a look at creation," Aaron says. "God reveals his existence and divinity so
much that we have no excuse for not believing in Him. He whispers in the wind and
shouts in the waves that He loves us and hears us."
To bring the new CD to life, Aaron remained loyal to the production team that crafted
his first project. Working in Atlanta with producer Dan Hannon allowed him to stay
close to home, and spend more time with his wife and newborn son, Daniel--yet
another change God brought into Aaron's life last year.
Life may continue to be a blur of change for Aaron Shust, but he knows that God is
still with him in the midst of the melee. With more laurels already under his belt than
many artists assemble in a career, Aaron's just smiling and enjoying the music.
Audiences who enjoyed Shust's debut
album will love this new collection. On
Whispered and Shouted he makes the
transition from promising newcomer to
established artist and displays a depth of
talent sure to keep him a force in the music
community for years to come.
* Upcoming performances and television features on 700 Club and Hour of
Power (Crystal Cathedral).
* Featured on the cover of January 2007 CCM Magazine
* Favorite New Artist of 2006 according to CCM Magazine's Reader 's Poll
(January 2007 issue)
* Featured on TBS' "Storyline"
* Features and reviews in or on Focus on the Family's Family News
in Focus radio broadcast, CCM Magazine, Christian Music Planet, Brio
Magazine, CRW, R&R, Christianity Today Online, CBN Online, More To Life
Magazine, Christian Single, The Wichita Eagle, Creative Loafing, Worship
Leader/Song Discovery, American Family Radio, Aspiring Retail and more.
Aaron has won three 2007 GMA Dove Awards:
Song of the Year ("My Savior My God")
Songwriter of the Year
New Artist of the Year