Jared Anderson did not always see himself writing worship music. The career of one of the most distinct and celebrated voices in modern worship—with songs like “Glorified,” “Amazed” and “Rescue” widely sung in churches around the world—almost never happened.

“I grew up playing the piano in church and singing in youth meetings. But by the time I was in college, I saw my music going in a different direction,” says Anderson.

In fact, Jared considered distancing himself from worship music entirely, but always felt a pull to write something for the church. “God revealed to me, and it was a slow process, that worship isn’t just a genre of music,” he explains. “Worship songs are prayers. We’re reciting the word of God back to him, and pretty soon we’re not just reciting it or singing it, we’re living it.”

Jared now embraces his calling as a worship leader and songwriter. But he’s very honest about what that means for anyone in that role. “We’re in the foot washing business,” he says. “If you want to lead, you have to serve. And if you want to serve, you have to surrender. And if you surrender you’re going to have to die.”
These aren’t empty words. Dying to some of his dreams paved the way for God to do something bigger. It’s a narrow road, but it’s the path Jared has chosen to travel.

And that path has led him into an effective ministry. From his former work with the Desperation Band, to his role as a songwriter/leader for New Life Worship’s live CD/DVDs and his own recordings including Where To Begin, Where Faith Comes From and Live From My Church.

Whatever the setting – whether it’s a coffee shop, a church sanctuary or an amphitheater, Jared takes a simple song and turns it into a journey.

This fall, he’ll take listeners on a new journey with the release of The Narrow Road, his first “solo” worship album in over three years. The project features some of the common themes in Jared’s best work, while carving out new ground based on a favorite literary work.

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“One of the inspirations for the album is Pilgrim’s Progress,” Jared explains. Like John Bunyan’s allegorical masterpiece, this album, “tells the stories of trials… they shouldn’t define us. Instead, they prepare us for the destination.”

Pointing to the title song, Jared continues: “The enemy is the distracter …what he really wants is to kill our focus. He wants to destroy the unity between us and God. So walking ‘the narrow road’ isn’t an option for followers of Jesus. Matthew 7:13-14 tells us plainly that it’s a necessity.”

In addition to a host of new songs inspired by Jared’s own pilgrimage such as “According to His Word” and “Impossible Possible,” The Narrow Road also features two favorites, the worship anthem “Great I Am” and “I Am Free” featuring his former Desperation bandmates Glenn Packiam and Jon Egan.

“It was fun to work on a recording with Jon and Glenn again, even if it was just for one song. Including this version of ‘I Am Free’ was a chance to celebrate a song that’s been meaningful to us personally and to church congregations for years.”

In addition to recording The Narrow Road, Jared continues work on a series of inspirational albums that feature piano driven, folk-rock songs centering on everything from love to literature to life’s big questions. And he continues to serve as a worship team member at his home church, New Life, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, while also making time to lead worship at churches and conferences around the country.
Amidst the pulls of ministry and creative pursuits, it is the love of his family that grounds Jared. Most recently, he and his wife Megan, along with their four children (Everet, Becket, Francie, and Lyla) decided to enlarge their already full family. After much prayer, the Andersons have begun the process of adopting two orphans, John Diego and Christine, from Haiti.

“We can’t wait until they’re home with us in Colorado,” says Jared. “God is doing something in our home and our family. We’re just trying to be obedient to him.”

All of these experiences add to Jared’s understanding that life is much larger than what happens in the church pews on a Sunday. “Sunday is just the rehearsal,” Jared says. “It’s during the rest of the week that we walk out our faith.”





Waynesburg University- Roberts Chapel 51 West College Street Waynesburg, PA 15370 Acoustic Concert, 7:30PM, Contact 724-852-7677 for ticket information!

Waynesburg University- Roberts Chapel
51 West College Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Acoustic Concert, 7:30PM, Contact 724-852-7677 for ticket information!



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Where I Am Right Now

January 27th, 2015

This song is a direct response to the popular condition/disease/cancer called FOMO. Fear. Of. Missing. Out. Not a new phenomenon. But as our culture is graced with information and increased options our doubts are rocket-fueled with the conviction that if we made better choices our lives would be better. I’m not saying your choices don’t matter. But I am saying that if you’ve chosen to follow your Creator/Redeemer your life is not off-track. I said your life is not off-track. I said your life is not off-track.

If God wanted you anywhere else you would be there. He’s got your number. You are His child. I have six. Children not Gods. My oldest is 10. They don’t always listen so good. But if I need them to be somewhere I know how to move them. I know how to get through to them. This may not last forever but the truth is as long as they are surrendered my will for them is complete. I don’t need them to be perfect just present. Their achievement in my eyes is their heart’s proximity to mine. The rest is glory. Gravy. Extra.

Disappointment is normal. The voice that says, “I thought I’d be farther along than this” does not need to be followed with the shame-thrower that says, “There must be something wrong with me.” We can look at the present as a gift and reward, ugly as it may appear. Often times God is keeping us hidden where we wish to be exposed and exposing what we wish to be hidden. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for the us to do.” (Eph. 2:10) To say we’ve missed it is to say He missed it.

Your life is right on track.

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