Tony Cummings threw a batch of questions at singer, songwriter and worship leader BRANDON OAKS
Brandon Oaks is a singer, songwriter and worship leader who is one of the key figures at Kansas City's International House Of Prayer. With his "All To You" currently on the Cross Rhythms playlist, this seemed a perfect moment to throw a batch of questions at the Missouri-based songsmith.
Tony: Cross Rhythms is currently playing your song "All To You". Can you tell me a bit about how you came to write and record it?
Brandon: "Sure! 'All To You' was a co-written song with my good friends Justin Rizzo, Jaye Thomas and Sammie Lee. This song was birthed out of a conversation about what it means to give your heart, soul, mind and strength. Ultimately it lead us to write a song as a prayer to the Lord that our hearts would be fully his and not divided."
Tony: Also, tell me a bit about another of your recent singles, "Crumble".
Brandon: "'Crumble' was written with the idea that when we encounter God, the old version of our self dies and with Christ, we rise again. We wanted to express the emotion of being renewed without shame."
Tony: Tell me a bit about your early life. Where and when were you born? What kind of childhood did you have? Can you make with the potted biography?
Brandon: "I was born in Tallahassee, Florida in 1992. My dad was a worship leader and I had the opportunity to be involved in music at a very young age. In middle school, I developed a love for guitar which turned into a love for Jesus."
Tony: How and when did you become a Christian?
Brandon: "At the age of 14, I fully accepted Christ after going to a youth camp. During the worship times I felt his presence strong to the point that it was undeniable that he was real and working in my life."
Tony: Were you doing a lot of worship leading prior to joining IHOPKC?
Brandon: "Yes, I was a worship leader at a church in Tallahassee, Florida."
Tony: According to our web search, the first recording you made was "Lay Your Head On My Shoulder". Is this you? If it is, tell me something about it.
Brandon: "Ha ha, yes it is my song. I wrote that song for my wife and proposed to her with it. The recording was originally just for her but we eventually released it for the people who wanted another listen."
Tony: No doubt you know that searching for you on the internet is not easy, as there is a well-established retirement home called Brandon Oaks.
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