Today I plan to start a new tradition, artist of the month. Every month we’ll feature an artist here with a look into their lives, their music, and how they got their start in the CCM community. This month we feature artist Brandon Heath, whose latest album Leaving Eden will be released January 18th.
Brandon Heath was born and raised in Nashville Tennessee. When he was three years old, his parents divorced. Although bitter for a while, around high school he decided he needed to “[come] to the Lord because I wanted to learn how to forgive my dad for some mistakes that he made when I was younger. I had to forgive both of my parents for not sticking together.” At age thirteen he received a guitar for Christmas and he began to write his first few songs soon after. He was later a choir member at his high school where his teacher, recognizing his talent, told him he should pursue a career in music.
Having grown up non-religiously, attending a Young Life retreat was very different for him. There he “heard about Jesus for the first time” and he began to attend Church saying that the retreat “showed me Christ and got me plugged in to a church.” Following high school, Brandon became a leader of the camp and remains active in it to this day.
Heath got his first start in the music industry following the theft of his guitar in 2000. To help pay for a replacement, he compiled a demo CD of his songs for sale. This album would later be released independently in 2004 as Early Stuff. Later that year he released a new album, Soldier, produced by Chris Davis. The following year he released Don’t Get Comfortable the EP, which contained five songs which would later be released on his debut album, Don’t Get Comfortable.
Don’t Get Comfortable was Heath’s first major label debut and was released on September 5th, 2006 via Reunion Records. Landing a 2007 Dove Award nomination was the song Our God Reigns for Worship Song of the Year. Brandon’s first number one hit would come with the release of his new radio single I’m Not Who I Was in 2007. For six consecutive weeks it would top Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs starting July 4th. At the 39th Annual Dove Awards, Brandon would be nominated for four Dove Awards, and taking the prize for New Artist of the Year.
On August 19th, 2008, Brandon would release his latest album, What if We. The album’s first single, Give Me Your Eyes, was released a month earlier and is considered his most commercially-successful song to date. For fourteen consecutive weeks lasting from August to December of 2008 it retained its number one spot on R&R’s Christian CHR chart. It became the second most played song in the CHR format that year. Heath’s success would continue in 2009 as his next single Wait and See placed number five on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart by August. He would then go on to guest star on Leeland’s album Love is on the Move on their single Follow You.
Following a time in Texas, he moved back to his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. His latest album, Leaving Eden is set to be released on January 18th. You can purchase his music on iTunes, and pre-order his new album by clicking here.