Aaron Shust with Cody Collier at the Blue Gate
Doxology, Aaron Shust’s seventh musical offering, was never anything but an upbeat celebration—a celebration of the might and power and victory of the risen Christ. The new collection was forward-leaning and festive from the very beginning of the writing process. “There are ten songs on this record,” Aaron explains, “and nine of them are expressing ideas that could be sung at the afterparty to the coronation of the King of Kings. Throughout the writing and recording process for Doxology, I’ve had that image in mind: ‘Bring forth the royal diadem…’ The summation of history when Jesus is crowned eternally and His people respond in worship and praise.”
The writing of a project so steeped in celebration is not something Aaron approached lightly or presumptive. It is territory that, in his own life, has been hard won. He had to make a long trek through the valley of the shadow to finally get there. As such, Doxology arrives as the testament of a hopeful faith that has been tested in the crucible of difficult circumstance.
“Songs really become time capsules of the seasons of life you’re in when you write them,” Shust observes. “They capture the thoughts, the feelings, the prayers, the passions of that part of your journey. Doxology isn’t a project I really could have easily written before now.”
Produced by Crowder drummer Christian Paschall, the ten songs that comprise Doxology were co-written with seasoned worship leaders including Michael Farren, Mia Fieldes, Krissy Nordhoff and Benji Cowart. And each of the songs were written “with the intent of celebration.” The result is a project ripe with new material that, while presented with a fresh, sonic creativity on the album, is intended to find its fullest expression in congregational settings.