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Ryan Faison: Ever since I was young, I had an insatiable appetite for all kinds of music genres and styles. At the age of 13, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. It was at this point that my musical tastes expanded to gospel and contemporary Christian music (CCM). When I began to attend my home church (Christ Church), I discovered my calling as a worshipper and a worship leader. I joined the choir, the worship team and now serving as a worship leader for over 15 years. The experience of encountering God through worship, music and songwriting has been a significant part of my spiritual growth.
Ryan: I've learned (and am still learning) setting healthy boundaries and only saying "yes" to opportunities that fit my calling. Over the years, my roles and responsibilities as a pastor, worship leader, professor and producer have evolved. As such, it's given me an opportunity, with God's help, to know what I should prioritized, what needs to be delegated and what I need to forego. I'm thankful to my wife Kristyn, my parents, my family and my good friends who have helped me stay on track! I'm also thankful to those I serve with at my home church who value teamwork!
Ryan: I was reading Luke 22:42, where Jesus - in the Garden of Gethsemane - prayed to God, "Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done." The words of Jesus were personally convicting. I asked myself, "Could I have prayed the same prayer under those circumstances?". Admittedly, I might have said the words, but my lifestyle didn't represent such a declaration. I had the chance to visit the traditional Garden of Gethsemane site in Israel. The moment changed me. I knew that if I was going to live a surrendered life to God, His will must be done in me. This conviction led me to write this song.
Ryan: While there are a good number of practices I can share, the two areas that have helped me immeasurably are (1) studying the Bible; and (2) prayer. I used to think knowing God's will was a mystical exercise, requiring nothing short of all of Heaven coming to earth! Over the years, I learned that I can know God's will through His Word. He's already spoken it. For example, the will of God includes giving thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). I can rightly practice gratitude because I've learned how to do it through God's Word. Another practice is the discipline of prayer. Prayer sensitizes my heart and has been the lifeline that connects me deeply with my Heavenly Father. Prayer has also given me the courage to step out in faith and believe His promises.
Ryan: Yes, I'm excited about the whole project! "Your Will in Me" sets the stage for songs of encouragement, inspiration and reflection. There will be worshipful songs but also songs that speak to the issues and challenges of life. It's my hope and prayer that the songs on the forthcoming EP will have each listener know they are loved by God and He has a purpose for each of us.
Ryan: Every stream and download is appreciated! You can also check out my accounts on Apple Music, Spotify, @RyanFaison on IG/Twitter and my website www.RyanFaison.com. I look forward to continuing the conversation of faith and hope through the messages of every song and release. It's my hope for everyone to join me on the journey - or should I say, adventure!
Ryan: This is a hard one! If I had to choose, it would be a merman that could live underwater. According to myths, some are hideous and some are handsome. Since I had to choose between a merman and robot, let me at least be a handsome merman! :)
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