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Brandon Heath Biography

Brandon Heath likes the little moments.

Those opportunities to observe, process and act upon what he witnesses in the world surrounding him are the primary traits of a great songwriter, something Heath continues to showcase on his second Reunion Records release, What If We.

Even the album's title grew up out of one of those little moments, a conversation Heath was having with a mentor that sent the Nashville native, now Houston resident, spinning off into thought.

Community is at the very core of who Brandon Heath is both as a private person and public figure. He shares this idea with friends and followers alike, both of which have grown considerably since the release of his 2006 debut project Don't Get Comfortable which produced national touring and multiple radio hits, including the No. 1 blockbuster song "I'm Not Who I Was."

Heath has also been able to take that public platform and merge it with his heart for community, working with Young Life, Blood:Water Mission, Restore International and unofficially many other human rights agencies on the larger global scale, even turning his attention to trials near his hometown of Nashville. After parts of the city and surrounding areas were ravaged by a string of tornadoes in April 2008, Brandon quickly organized a highly-effective benefit concert for the storm victims, evidence of living big in the little moments.

But even as success as an artist started to come his way, Heath knew that his personal, creative satisfaction was always going to come in the form of his songwriting. And where many new artists get caught up, for good or ill, in the swirl of activity surrounding that first record, Heath buckled down and maintained his focus on the talent and skill that brought him to the table in the first place.

"One of the things I think was good about the season around the first record is that I didn't stop writing," Heath says. "Going out and singing songs every night was kinda something I initially dreaded, but I loved it way more than I thought I would, which is why it took me so long to become an artist because I wasn't sure I wanted to perform for a live audience."

Heath, both working solo and together with co-writers, wrote more than 40 songs in preparation for What If We, and of the 11 that finally made the cut, it's fascinating to take a look at how many deal with those little moments -- moments of loneliness, of triumph, of questioning, and of longing.

Tracks like the autobiographical "Wait and See" with it's updated country shuffle, the power pop of "Sore Eyes" and the crunchy anthem "Trust You" line up right alongside What If We's quieter material, like the abject love songs "London" and "Listen Up" and the album's emotional core "No Not One," co-written with Christy Nockels, formerly of Watermark and current Passion worship-leader.

"I love Christy's voice," Heath says. "It has always compelled me and I've always wanted to write with her. When it comes to Christian music, I think any conversation about vocalist-of-the-century has to have her in it."

Its relationship experiences like these that have led up to this moment in Heath's career. "All great ideas start with the phrase 'what if we'," Heath notes. "If anything, I love a title that's a good conversation starter, but can catch people off guard. It is a little bit left of center."

But it's those times of being left of center, of being just a bit off kilter, or outside the comfort zone of the everyday, that make us stop, think, and take stock in the little moments all around us.

It makes us wonder...what if we...

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