Todd Agnew


"I try to be very careful that we don’t say something wrong. We were just about to record one of the songs and I looked at it and said, ‘You know, I don’t think that’s theologically correct.’ What I said was, ‘He saved me so He could know me.’ I said, ‘That’s not true. He knew me before I was ever born.’"

Agnew, who has a Native American background, was adopted by Christian parents and remembers being saturated in the music of the church — including songs such as "Amazing Grace." However, he said the habitual singing of the classic songs became so rote as to cause them to lose their power. He found that it was only in "breaking down those songs" that he rediscovered the "depth and value of their meaning."

It was through such a rediscovery that "Grace Like Rain," the title cut from last year’s album, poured down onto contemporary Christian hot singles lists.

"‘Grace Like Rain’ started with my friend Chris Collins walking into the office one day, telling me he had put a new tune to ‘Amazing Grace.’ My first reaction was, of course, ‘You can’t do that. It’s ‘Amazing Grace.’ But, as I heard it, I realized there was something special there. I wrote the chorus to it as a celebration of grace in our lives."

Agnew said he introduced it to the band used it in worship the next week, realizing there was "something special on our hands."

Not surprisingly, Worship Leader Magazine last year named Agnew the Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

Unlike some scenarios where a pop Christian song makes its way into worship, Agnew said the entire "Grace Like Rain" project was a compilation of songs that began first as worship music.

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