I Will Not Be Moved (Selah) - Exclusive global release from openly gay christian artist, Shawn Thomas
How does playing and writing music make you feel?
This most recent project (“Voice of Worship”) was a little different as far as writing because all of the lyrics are based on and taken from scripture. I’ve done that a little bit in the past, but not for a whole album. I have to admit, it was a little challenging and sometimes even frustrating cuz I’ve not written within a pre-existing framework like that before. But I’m glad I did it and I’m excited about the new music. As far as playing/performing, I can’t wait to get to sing the new songs live. They always take on a life of their own, and with praise and worship songs, even more so because of the energy of the Spirit in the congregations I visit.
What was the point in your life that you knew you were gay?
I came out I guess late in life… I was 26. Before that I wouldn’t describe myself as in denial as much as I would just very naïve and confused without any frame of reference.
If you were given one ‘do- over’ in your life what might you choose to do differently?
We all have relationships that don’t work out - and that’s okay because we learn from those relationships. However, there was man I was involved with who had a son and there had already been a divorce. I've always considered making that boy go through another broken family scenario my biggest failure in life.
Who would you like to do a duet with?
Sugarbeach of course!!!
The new video is a lyric-praise/worship video for the first single from the new CD (soon to be released), "Voice of Worship."
This song is based on Psalm 62:5-8, 11-12 and Psalm 46:10. "Selah" is a word that appears in the Psalms and, (although there's some debate about its meaning), it very loosely means, "Hey, did you hear what I just said? That was important! I meant that!"
In this case:
"God alone is my rock and my salvation...I will not be moved! Trust in God at all times...pour out your heart before him. Selah!"
Who do you have respect for?
My partner, Brian. He is an example to me through his faith and integrity.
What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
My “bed-head” hair in the morning!
What is your definition of success?
If you’re happy doing what you’re doing in life and in your career, then in my book, you’re a success.
How do you know when you are in love?
You’d have to ask Brian!
How have you changed in the last 10 years?
Cool timing – This is my 10th year as a full-time touring Christian artist. Ten years ago I had NO idea what I was doing – and really even why I was doing it. Today, there’s still a lot of times I’m not sure what I’m doing or how to do it – but the WHY is much clearer.
What changes would you still like to make?
Some days that seems like a very long list! But to be honest, every day, every week, every month, and every year that goes by – I’m even happier than I was before. I am a grateful person and I love life, I love God, and I love my partner