A Night to Remember
We have become a culture of memory makers. Everyone's taking pictures of... well... everything. We're amassing a dynamic living history, assigning meaning to every moment. And while it can be a beautiful thing to retain those images of life, we run the risk of losing the impact of those points in time that are truly unforgettable and life-changing. Soon, even the greatest moments become another tweet, Facebook post, or Instagram upload. Shonlock is out to change that. And he's doing so in the language he knows best-music. His new album, a Night to Remember, is a sonic stroll through the journey that changed his heart and life forever. From the pinnacle of mainstream music, working with artists like Aaliyah and Arrested Development, to an altar, Shonlock has painted the world a richer shade of love with his gift of music and faith. And it all hinged on one moment-one perfect moment on a night that will remain imprinted in the memory of his heart forever. "It was something I will never forget," Shonlock recalls. The unforgettable night began years prior. While garnering the respect and attention of the music industry for his choreography, dancing, and back-up skills, he got a call to work with Grammy-nominated revolutionaries Grits. "That was the first time I'd experienced what Christ could look like in the culture of hip-hop. Church had never looked like that to me," he shares. "I was on tour and had a conversation with Verbs, who shared the Gospel. It was like a weight was being lifted off of me. God was speaking through him. I know lots of people have lots of different experiences, but this was mine, and it will be tattooed on my heart forever. That is the heart of the album title and title track, a Night to Remember." from the first contagious beats to the last vibrations of a perfectly placed note, the record is not only Shonlock's own journey to grace; it's everyone's journey. "We all start somewhere. But we all eventually get to a point of saying, 'Okay, God. I'm tired. I can't do it on my own.' That is the heartbeat of the album... showing that we all go through the same highs and lows." That sentiment laid the groundwork for the follow up to Shonlock's #1 CHR smash hit, "Something in Your Eyes," with "We Walk on Water." "I wrote this song for a friend who was going through a hard time," Shonlock shares. "I wanted to remind him that he wasn't alone. God had not forgotten him. Everyone has tear ducts. Rich, poor, high, low. We all experience pain. Most people start their journey full of fight and strength, but seem to lose hope and steam as time goes on. I want to encourage them by letting them know that the shore is closer then they think. The key is to keep our eyes on God, knowing He'll be with us."
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