Steve Amerson, the lead singer of Hollywood film soundtracks, says his passion for singing dates back to long before he fully understood that his musical gift came from God.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Amerson, whose songs have been featured in 175 films, including popular films such as “The Hunt for Red October”, “The Patriot”, “Star Wars”, “Rogue One” and ” Beauty and the Beast, “said that at the age of 4, his parents couldn’t help but notice that he was already an” extraordinarily “gifted musician.
As Amerson reached his late teens, he continued to pursue music studies which included over a decade of singing lessons. He then attended Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he combined his love for music and his interest in theology to deepen his knowledge of his faith.
Amerson, who is based in Los Anees and has his own Christian music ministry known as Amerson Ministries, said he never expected his musical studies to lead to a decades-long career in the arts in as a singer, songwriter and recording artist with numerous albums.
Now 67, Amerson said he has been able to reflect and transcribe many of his memories throughout his musical career into his memoirs,Tales of a troubadour.
The book chronicles Amerson’s journey through his musical career, his love for God, and his passion for evangelism, especially through his written music and song.
âWhen I sing, I feel the pleasure of God,â Amerson told CP, noting that his ministry has given him a multitude of opportunities to serve others about Jesus through song lyrics. âI believe that we are called to give our divine gifts to others to glorify God. We are called to be salt and light in the world.
Amerson said he founded his ministry in 1988 to reach the world church with Christian music and minister in song to those who are considered “churchless.”
Through his ministry, Amerson said he has touched people in the United States, Israel, Australia, Canada, Turkey and Greece. He also reached People for Christ as a guest soloist for the late Billy Graham and Luis Palau crusades, and traveled and ministered with Pastors David Jeremiah, Chuck Swindoll and Jack Hayford, as well as professor and author Christian Bruce Wilkinson, according to his website. .
In politics, Amerson told CP that since 2014, he has been asked to sing on the United States Capitol for church services that have been a tradition since the early 1800s. The tradition, however, ceased from 1869. to 2014, Amerson said. Since rallies resumed seven years ago, Amerson has attended the worship gathering frequently where he prays with congressional leaders.
âIt’s not just about making beautiful sounds, it’s about allowing the lyrics to pierce people’s hearts,â he said, noting that he learned this important lesson early in his career. musical career. âThe most rewarding parts of my career and my life have been spent using my gifts, not only musically, but also relationship and through words to communicate the love and grace of God to others.
When Amerson attended services before they were suspended due to COVID-19 lockdowns, he said he would handwrite 200 notes for distribution to members of Congress. Each letter shared a different Bible verse with words of encouragement.
Even though he hasn’t performed at worship services on Capitol Hill in over a year, Amerson said he continues to deliver 200 handwritten notes each month to members of Congress to spread the Word of God.
âIt’s not just music. If I speak with someone at random anywhere I go, I often find myself sharing the gospel with them or praying for them, âhe told CP. “I believe in divine appointments where Christians are called to encourage others – whether we know the people or not – by what we say.”
Amerson said he grew up in the church and was brought up by Christian parents. His father was a United Methodist pastor. At 17, while working at a Lifetime Youth Camp as a dishwasher, he said it became clear to him more than at any other time in his life that God cannot use anyone in any context to give it glory.
Amerson said that over the decades of his life, many of which were spent attending various churches and personal evangelism efforts alongside his music ministry, he noticed a trend among Christians. He said he finds it common for some Christians to miss opportunities to use their gifts to share the hope found in Jesus and that in these cases Christians will also be reluctant to tell others about the Word of truth found in the Bible. .
In Matthew 5: 13-16, Amerson said, God commands his disciples to not only be “salt and light, but not to hide your light or your spiritual gifts and to” let your light shine before others, so that they can see your good deeds â. and glorify your heavenly Father.
One of the most memorable moments in his music career, said Amerson, was when he ministered to someone while using his spiritual gift of singing denominational music at a secular symphony concert. . After the concert, he walked past the orchestra that had just played while he was singing, and a woman from the audience, who worked as a nurse, stopped him. The woman went on to say, â’Hearing you share your gift from God with so much love and passion inspires me to move forward and do my nursing job with more godly love to glorify God. . Thank you.'”
âPeople often think that sharing their gifts in a faith-based way and preaching the gospel to others is reserved for church leaders,â said Amerson. “But they don’t realize that all believers should pray for others and spread the Word by word of mouth and their God-given talents.”
Amerson said he believed it was important for Christians in any industry – whether it was a mechanic, a teacher, a lawyer, or any other job – to fulfill a “mandatory duty. To witness and serve others in various ways.
âI am often saddened when I pray for random people and they always tend to ask me, ‘Are you a minister? “I shouldn’t have to be a minister to do what God calls everyone to do,” Amerson said. âWe should all be praying for random people who need to hear prayer wherever we go – not just pastors and ministers. People’s lives are truly impacted by genuine prayer.
Amerson added that he was eagerly awaiting people to read Tales of a troubadour, which highlights his journey and how he found his faith, founded his faith-based music ministry, and overcame adversity by finding work in the music industry.
Amerson said he hopes readers will be inspired not only to surrender to Jesus, but also to find out what their spiritual gifts are. And if readers are inspired to find out how God has given them a gift by reading his book, Amerson hopes they will go further and share their gifts to glorify God, and then inspire others to do the same based on knowledge and acceptance of Jesus as Lord.
âI hope the world will be touched and truly moved to action for Christ because the Word of God is the source of truth. And truth is lacking in our world today, âAmerson said.
“We often hear about people who share”their truth ‘and’my truth.’ But what people need to focus on is the truth. I base my life and my decisions on the truth that resides in Jesus Christ alone, âhe added.