Being Authentic as an Artist, Songwriter, and Individual with Rhett Walker

“My biggest thing, since I was a kid, has been authenticity. I think you can write a song that means something to just you, and that, most of the time, will end up relating to most people. They might not have lived that story, but they can relate it to something in their own life. ”

In this episode, John Chisum sits down with Grammy-nominated artist, Rhett Walker. Rhett is a down-to-earth family man, who grew up as a preacher’s kid in South Carolina. While he was raised in church, Rhett shares about his personal journey of recognizing the need to find Jesus for himself. With experience as a worship leader, songwriter, and touring artist, Rhett has a well-rounded experience in music.

“So many times with music… we spend a lot of time adding things, and not sharing the space that a song actually needs… It’s important to be authentic in how we play the songs.”

Rhett formed the Rhett Walker Band in 2011, after moving to Nashville to pursue his passion for music. In 2012 his song, “When Mercy Found Me,” was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Throughout this episode, Rhett gives practical and profound advice in regards to songwriting and musicianship. The underlying message is authenticity, being true to who you are, and letting that resonate in the music that you create.

“Don’t just try to write pretty words… Don’t say something cliche just because it sounds cool… It might be just one song out of a hundred that has success, but that one out of a hundred will be the most ‘you’ song, that only you could write.”

Some topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction // Rhett Walker – 0:39
  • Rhett’s Early Influences- 3:36
  • Rhett’s Start with Music- 7:53
  • “When Mercy Found Me”- 15:28
  • Upcoming Music Release- 22:12
  • Rhett’s Songwriting Process- 26:30
  • Rhett’s Music Team- 31:00
  • Advice for Aspiring Songwriters- 36:40
  • How to Connect with Rhett- 39:02
  • Wrap Up – 40:14

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John Chisum

John Chisum is a pioneer in the Christian music business, serving alongside people such as Bill & Gloria Gaither, Twila Paris, Paul Baloche, Don Moen, and many more. As Managing Partner of Nashville Christian Songwriters, John seeks to empower Christian songwriters worldwide to discover and fulfill their call to write.

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