Frontman/principal songwriter Jason Roy of Christian pop/rock band Building 429 recently visited the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Roy discussed his songwriting process, the message he hopes to communicate to his audience, Building 429's upcoming album, We Won't Be Shaken, and future goals, among other topics.
"I really want to write songs that empower people to stand up and [I want to] tell them, 'You can.'" said Roy. "If you really feel like you can do something, don't listen to somebody tell you no and shut you down. … You have two options in this life: you can believe what everybody tells you or you can believe what you believe about yourself internally, and then you can make that happen."
Comprising Roy (vocals), Michael Anderson (drums), Aaron Branch (bass), and Jesse Garcia (guitar), Building 429's name is taken from a biblical passage in Ephesians 4:29: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up." The quartet broke through with the release of their debut EP, Glory Defined, in 2004. The title track was named BMI's Christian Song of the Year in 2005, and that same year Building 429 was recognized as New Artist of the Year at the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.
Following the release of their debut studio album, 2004's Space In Between Us, Building 429 released Rise in 2006, with the album peaking at No. 3 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart. The band followed with 2007's Iris To Iris, 2008's Building 429 and 2011's Listen To The Sound. The latter album reached No. 2 on the Christian Albums chart and featured the single "Where I Belong," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart and was named Billboard's Christian Song of the Year and Christian AC Song of the Year in 2012.
Scheduled for release June 4, We Won't Be Shaken was produced by GRAMMY nominee Jason Ingram (Chris Tomlin, Sanctus Real) and Rob Hawkins (Fireflight, Anthem Lights). The debut single, "We Won't Be Shaken," offers listeners a preview of the album's expressive vocals, skilled musicianship and insightful songwriting.
Building 429 are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through December.