ABOUT BRUCE CARROLL
Over the years of his involvement in Christian music, Carroll created songs for 8 top
selling albums under the Word label, resulting in 2 Grammy Awards, 4 Grammy Award
nominations, seven Dove Awards, 24 Dove Award Nominations, and 11 number one hits.
a book, SOMETIMES MIRACLES HIDE, for which he earned the prestigious Angel Award.
as a Worship Pastor for Hope Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tenn., which is known
as a church for the un-churched.
Carroll is a family man, married to the love of his life, Nikki, and live near
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About BRUCE CARROLL
Bruce Carroll was born
into a non-religious, musical family and grew up in Texas. His early musical influences
included the harmonies and songs of Peter, Paul and Mary and other folk music
groups. His first singing / playing experiences began at the age of 12, being
part of a trio, made up of his brother, his sister and himself.
a young adult, full of determination and musically ready, Bruce Carroll began
his dream to be a folk music musician, by performing probably his own secular
music songs in gigs across Texas and other states as well; (mainly bars and supper
clubs), which is a hard row to hoe. Living life on the road offers a life style
which can seduce one down the path of bad habits. While Bruce experienced "moderate
success," for his efforts, he also self-medicated himself into an addiction,
which he left behind in 1979 when he found Jesus Christ; or perhaps Jesus found
him via a house call.
Bruce shares in his official
biography, "When I encountered Christ, all that
went away. I was set free and never looked back."
wishing to go back to the bars and supper clubs, where his addiction began, he
tried to work in other fields. However, melodies and lyrical ideas kept flowing
into his being, begging to be expressed. Finally, Bruce took the Lord's hint and
made his way back to Nashville, but with a renewed mindset and purpose for his
music; taking hold of what Jesus had taken hold of him for.
his past struggles which he had been set free by Jesus, Bruce was blessed with
a new empathy for people and their struggles.
explains how he composes out of this empathy. "Sometimes people just want
to know someone knows how they feel. Sometimes that is the redemptive quality
of the song: 'I felt your pain.'"
through his relationship with Jesus, he was given a new motivation for his compositions;
to serve Jesus Christ, with all his heart, soul and his considerable musical gifts
and talents, such as his skill of telling a story through lyrical messages, with
just the right musical accompaniment.
music landed him a recording contract with WORD record label, which began a very
successful Christian music ministry which blessed many people and produced 8 inspiring
albums, 11 number one songs, with Word records, which led to his Grammy and Dove
awards, as the Christian music industry sat up and noticed him in a big way, recognizing
him and his spirit inspired music.
of traveling on tours, performing in endless promotional gigs, which are a necessary
part of having a record contract, Bruce stepped back from the tour scene, and
did what many Christian music artists do to have a more normal family life, and
have more time to grow in various aspects of ministry; stepping outside the familiar
comfort zone. He and his wife and family moved near Memphis, TN, where Bruce took
the position of being the Music Worship Pastor for Hope Presbyterian Church, a
church family aimed at those who traditionally are described as being "un-churched".
explains in his official biography, "It's church for the un-churched I used
to be an un-churched guy. I know how uncomfortable church can be for the un-churched,
feeling like you don't belong."
to relate and emphasize with this group of people who have never before experienced
"church", shows in his success in outreaching to these folks through
his musical compositions he has written for services at Hope, evidenced by the
fast growth of its congregation.
also had the time now to use his writing gifts in a new way by authoring an inspirational
book, SOMETIMES MIRACLES HIDE, a powerful, faith-building effort which was awarded
the" prestigious" Angel Award. Currently,
Bruce and his wife Nikki are working on another book together.
Carroll continues to compose songs for his fans and the listening public as well,
performing in a more comfortable concert schedule and has put together this new
CD, BIG WORLD through the in house record label, On the Grove Records, which he
and Hope Presbyterian jointly formed. Bruce Carroll is eager to share what he
has learned, and how he has evolved as a Christian and as a composer, lyrical
writer and singer.
Bruce Carroll reflects,
"There is more maturity in my faith, my life, my production. I'm playing
better, and singing better, which is one of my motivations for doing this CD.
McCain & Co. materials, Bruce Carroll's Promotional packet, available to "media
Bruce's Lyrics * The Bruce Carroll Video * Bruce Carroll Albums