Todd Agnew exploded onto the contemporary Christian music scene in 2003 with a pair of Number 1 radio hits, “This Fragile Breath (The Thunder Song)” and “Grace Like Rain,” the title track of his debut Ardent Records album. Ironically, Agnew never set out to be a national recording artist. He just wanted to record a custom project for the camps and conferences where he was a frequent minister.
More than a dozen years and seven albums later, Agnew is still focused on ministry, using his music to proclaim the gospel. In addition to being a chart-topping singer/songwriter, worship leader, and minister, Agnew has recently added “college professor” to his list of titles. Since 2015, he has been a faculty member of Visible Music College’s Dallas campus, teaching worship theology and worship leadership. He was recently tapped by Dallas Theological Seminary as a guest lecturer for its 2017 Shaped by the Future conference.
In our conversation:
How did his newest project From Grace to Glory come about?
Are Christian songwriters concerned about theology?
His transition from the road-life to family-life
His work on the little known Christian artists U2 tribute project “In the Name of Love”
FROM GRACE TO GLORY is a musical chronicle of singer/songwriter and worship leader Todd Agnew’s journey of faith and ministry. It is a time capsule of moments, both profoundly intimate and exuberantly bold, that captures the essence of walking out the gospel hand-in-hand with friends and family, through good times and hard times. It is the journal of one man’s transformation from a young singer/songwriter to troubadour theologian.
Along with the new material, the prolific singer/songwriter layers into From Grace to Glory a collection of some of his most cherished songs which are not part of his Ardent Records discography, most of which have not been previously released. He includes “Beautiful,” the original version of a song written by Mercy Me’s Nathan Cochran, which Agnew rewrote and originally recorded in 2005 as “Unchanging One” during the Reflection of Something sessions. He pulled another unreleased track from the vault and invited talented Visible Music College student Trulah Maloy to join him for a duet, making “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” a truly special addition to an already exceptional project.