Following God's Call By inSpire with Brad Nickel

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We asked Brad Nickel about his singer/songwriter pursuits and the impact that music has had on his life.

Editor - Brad we're excited that you took first place for our 2015 songwriting contest. I hadn't heard your music before so it was a delight to find out about you and some of the songs you've written. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into songwriting?

Nickel - Well, first of all, I'd just like to say how honored I am to have been a part of the 2015 inSpire songwriter's contest. The recognition and exposure are really encouraging for an aspiring artist like me.

I was born in Canada but have lived half of my life in the States, mostly on the East and West coasts. I had an interest in music at an early age. My dad was really musical and taught me to play the guitar and later urged me to pursue a career in music. I didn't get really serious about songwriting and producing until I was 19. It was after I gave my life to Christ that I really found this intense passion for writing songs. I suppose it boils down to finding an amazing God that is beyond inspiring and more than worthy to sing and write about. I also at one point dabbled in the worldly music scene for a bit and had some amazing opportunities that came along, but doors would keep getting shut in the strangest of ways and i'd keep finding myself coming back to singing about God. I believe this is what God has called me to do and also many others around the world, to be a witness for God and a positive light through music. I'm so honored and blessed to be able to witness about Christ through music. I think thats the type of music the world needs to hear more of, especially in the times we live.

Editor - I understand that you're presently taking college courses. What are your future plans, and how do you see your music fitting into the picture?

Nickel - Well I did take college courses 2 years ago in Religious studies. Not for the intention of becoming an official pastor but for the knowledge in those courses that would add to my music and speaking ministry, and also my own spiritual growth. It was a great experience, [and I] met amazing young people on fire for Christ and learned a lot. But after that year I felt it was time to move on.

Editor - So, going forward, what are your plans for your music? Will you be touring to promote your CDs and new recordings? Or are you still working on a plan?

Nickel - Well, I'm almost done recording [an] album and the release will be in mid March. After the release it will be a process of promotion and touring shows. I'm really looking forward to getting out of the boring recording studio and back to a live setting and singing for God.

At the end of the day all my plans for music and the future are in Gods hands, ultimately the most important plan I have is to follow Christ and not get in the way of His plan for me, whether that's music or any other road he takes me down.

Editor - Thank you for sharing with us. I know God will use your music to touch many hearts!

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This interview was conducted by Rich DuBose, Director of Pacific Union Conference Church Support Services and the inSpire project. All rights reserved © 2015 VisitInSpire.org. Click here for content usage information.