Exclusive GRAMMY.com Interview With Brandon Heath
GRAMMY-nominated Contemporary Christian music singer/songwriter Brandon Heath recently visited The Recording Academy's Nashville Chapter and participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Heath discussed the Nashville music scene, the message he wants to communicate to his audience and participating in GRAMMY in the Schools as a teenager, among other topics.
"When I was a freshman in high school … I auditioned for GRAMMY in the Schools. It was just a camera, I played my guitar and I played a Garth Brooks song," said Heath. "And I ended up winning in Nashville … I spent 11 days in New York, and we went to the GRAMMYs and I met all of my heroes. And that honestly is the first time that I thought, 'This is something that I can do for a living and maybe I'm pretty good at it.'"
A native of Nashville, Heath began writing songs as a teenager and signed with Christian music label Reunion Records in 2004. Released in 2006, Heath's debut album, Don't Get Comfortable, includes "I'm Not Who I Was," which topped Billboard's Christian Adult Contemporary Songs chart. Heath scored his second No. 1 Christian Song with "Give Me Your Eyes" featured on 2008's What If We. The single and accompanying album garnered Heath a 51st GRAMMY nomination for Best Gospel Song and Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, respectively. Heath released Leaving Eden in 2011 and earned three additional GRAMMY nominations: Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and Best Gospel/Contemporary Music Performance and Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for "Your Love."
Heath released Blue Mountain in October 2012. The album peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and features 11 tracks co-written by Heath, including "Jesus In Disguise." Heath is currently touring throughout the United States, with dates scheduled through June.