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Andrew Carlton Shares of the Triumph of Hardship in Album Making

I think Mel Gibson said it best in his interview with Diane Sawyer when he said, ¡§Pain is the pre-cursor to change.¡¨
( [email protected] ) Jun 04, 2004 05:32 PM EDT

Andrew Carlton reveals his deep connection with suffering and his hardships as an artist, being a recording artist for Flying Leap Records. Based in Knoxville, Tenn, the solo¡¦s debut project ¡§Falling In,¡¨ is intended to reach a generation seeking the truth with a message. For Andrew, whose project paints pictures of pain, faith, and hope, hardship is only the beginning and the way to know Christ.

Carlton sets his identity in music to be ¡§rock¡¨ and ¡§pop¡¨ mixed together. ¡§I can do that vocalist ballad but yet pick up the guitar and have that rock feel. I bring an edge but also that moment in the show where there¡¦s just a vocal and piano. Truthfully, I¡¦m hoping to hit every generation, and that¡¦s not a very common thing in our industry. I¡¦m just going to sing what I love and what¡¦s in my heart. I wrote these songs without thinking about the critics.¡¨

Writing music can be done anywhere. ¡§There are a lot of ways. With all my traveling it seems like I¡¦m always at an airport. I¡¦m constantly calling my voicemail and singing into it because a melody has popped into my head. I try not to look crazy to the people around me. I believe melody is music with the lyrics being the distinction between us [Christian music] and the mainstream market.¡¨

The ¡§Falling In¡¨ project has a history and meaning for Andrew, and to his fans and listeners, he wishes to carry the same meaningful outreach. Composing the album is a long and hard process. ¡§Inside of a two-year time span I lost my grandfather, who was a huge influence on me; and my parents divorced after a 30-year marriage. It can make you question your faith. It rocks you. God has used those situations to draw me closer to Him. As a songwriter, I released a lot of that pain into my music. I think Mel Gibson said it best in his interview with Diane Sawyer when he said, ¡§Pain is the pre-cursor to change.¡¨