J. Douglas Wright has released his Christmas single "Follow." The song describes several familiar snapshots from the night Christ was born: shepherds, wise men, angels, and the baby in a manger. Coinciding with this was a land filled with unrest. Little did the people of that day know that at the very moment they were feeling hopelessness, the Savior of the world had been born.
Listen to "Follow" HERE.
The theme of "Follow" is that God is at work in ways we cannot see. The shepherds, wise men, and Mary and Joseph all uprooted their lives to follow a star, knowing in their hearts what they would find if they continued to follow its light. With that kind of faith, we can also know that the Maker of the Universe is at work doing much more than our earthly eyes can see. All we have to do is follow Him.
"Follow" features Derek Mount (Family Force 5, Club Danger, Brique a Braq) on guitar, Torin Degnats on drums, and Swaff on bass guitar. The song was produced by Swaff (Housefires, Family Force 5, Decemberadio, Third Day, JJ Weeks Band, After Edmund, 7eventh Time Down) and was recorded at The Delivery Room in Villa Rica, Georgia.
To Wright, being a Christian means following Christ's example of unconditional love, a theme that is explored in his music. "If we all did this, the world really would be a different place. Most people feel isolated in our society, so we write songs of hope that introduce them to a fulfilling relationship with God."
In describing his musical background, Wright says, "Growing up, there was always music in our home. My mom was a singer. When she was in college, she auditioned and was selected from hundreds of others to headline a band for a summer television show based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has one of the best voices I've heard. My dad was self-taught on the piano and played the bassoon, my brother was in a band, and my sister and I sang together for many years. So it was natural that music became a way for me to express my faith."
Church was also an important part of Wright's life growing up in Asheville. "We were members of a large church in Asheville for many years, and then started attending a smaller church in Swannanoa, North Carolina. The pastor and members of this church gave my sister and me so many opportunities to grow and develop our music ministry. I have always kept my membership there because of what the church meant to me all those years."