A lot of artists are classified as "singer-songwriters,"
with equal weight given to the labels "singer" and "songwriter." With
Scott Krippayne, however, the term "songwriter" deserves to be in bold
This is an artist who writes so many amazing songs, there
isn't any conceivable way that he would be able to record them all himself.
As a result, artists such as Avalon, Point of Grace, Jaci Velasquez,
FFH, True Vibe, John Tesh, and Sandi Patty have been able to partake
of his talents, among others.
It is the emphasis on "songwriter" that led to the title
of Scott's third project with Spring Hill Music Group (and his fifth
in his career). When all was said and done, nothing else encapsulated
this eclectic collection of piano-based pop/rock, which swings from
the energetic opener "Long Before the Sun," to the soaring, heartfelt
"You Are Still God," to the funky rhythms of "Life." It Goes Like This...
shows the depth and breadth of Scott's vast songwriting talent.
"It goes like this... " is a phrase tossed around frequently
in meetings between songwriters. Many will preface the performance of
their latest creation with those four little words. For Scott Krippayne,
those four words are part of his every-day vocabulary.
"Billy Joel and Elton John were big influences on Scott--probably
Billy more than Elton, for him," explains Scott. "If you're a piano
player, you tend to choose one or the other as you are growing up.
But he love both of them as musicians and love those old
Billy Joel/Elton John records that are really piano-based and allow
the singer-songwriter/piano-player to come out. So we wanted to take
a shot at doing that on this record. It's not a "retro" record-- there
are elements of those late '70's records here, but it feels very current."
"We also wanted to capture some of what goes on when I
play live," Scott continues. "Both Matt and Kent would say 'Deliver
this with the passion you would, when you are playing it one time, live'
as opposed to the energy you don't have when it's the 20th take of
In preparing for this project, Scott had several conversations
regarding the musical direction with Phil Johnson, A&R Director for
Spring Hill Music, and Matt Huesmann and Kent Hooper, the producers
for It Goes Like This... and Scott's last two albums. Out of those conversations
came a direction... of sorts.
From a lyrical stance, the theme of gratefulness ran through
much of Scott's early compositions for the album, influenced by an emotional
family situation. Shortly after the release of his last project, Scott
and his wife Katy discovered that their infant son Tyler had difficulty
keeping food in his stomach.
"That was a season of time where we didn't know what was
wrong with him," remembers Scott. "The doctors were running a lot of
tests but they were inconclusive, and they were telling us they didn't
know what was wrong."
Although doctors were eventually able to diagnose Tyler
and correct his condition with surgery, the fear, anxiety and helplessness
Scott felt in this situation found an outlet in his songwriting. All
of those emotions are best encapsulated in "You Are Still God," in which
Scott pours out all of his doubts and fears. "I've prayed but still
don't have answers/At least none I'm able to see/I've tried to rest
in not knowing/But not knowing is a hard place to be."
Although the song starts in a place of despair, it resolves
in trust--in the knowledge that God is sovereign in all situations and
Scott's gratitude for that.
The theme carries into other cuts on It Goes Like This...
; "I Commend My Soul," "The Least I Can Do," "Live To Worship"--all
carry some element of gratitude or recognition of all that God has done
for us and the desire to give something back.
"Live To Worship" was recorded by Joy Williams for the
Point of Grace Girls of Grace project released in the summer of 2002.
Scott was performing the song at his live dates prior to going into
the studio for It Goes Like This... and although he hadn't intended
to record it, the audience response changed his mind.
"People started asking me about that song after performances
and I realized that I needed to record it," explains Scott. "It's a
response to what God's done for us. Worship doesn't just have to be
what we sing on a Sunday morning, or singing songs at a Wednesday night
service. The lives that we lead can be acts of worship, in a sense.
If I could keep thinking about that as I go about my day, then that
perspective influences the choices that I make, the way that I talk
to people, my attitude as I'm driving. I have a choice to choose life
today, to be an ambassador of Christ, to make choices that He would
The thumping piano opener to "Life" signals a musical
left turn as the energy and joy of Scott's lyrics lead the listener
into a full-on "play it in the car with the windows open and the wind
blowing through your hair" tune enhanced with some aggressive strings.
Another turn is taken into "He Was Here," which has a
theatrical element to it, musically, and explores the fact that Christ
experienced the human condition and understands everything that we go
It Goes Like This... finishes with "I Commend My Soul."
"It couldn't go anywhere else on the album," Scott jokes," since I die
at the end of it!" In all seriousness, this modern hymn takes a believer
from the moment of first turning his life over to God through the efforts
to live a Christian life and then, finally, to the last moments before
death. The song's title encapsulates the desire of Scott Krippayne--that
his life is, and continues to be, God's.
For Scott Krippayne, a respected, accomplished singer/songwriter,
the days of playing it safe are over. After nine years in pursuit of
his dream, with five albums and plenty of radio and critical success
to mark the path, Scott threw away the rulebook.
He and his wife, Katy, moved back home to Seattle, to
reestablish their roots before their kids started school. There, Scott
jumped off the "people pleaser" bus. He started running with
scissors, talking to strangers, base-jumping from tall buildings and
touching breakable things in department stores.*
And perhaps the biggest risk of all, Scott Krippayne began
playing with fire. The result - like an intricate crystal forged repeatedly
in a fierce furnace - his 6th album Gentle Revolution shocks and surprises
in its intensity, clarity, and depth.
"When I began thinking about this album," Scott
says, I thought "Wow, this is the fourth of a four record
deal, so if this is my last record in this whole CCM thing, I want to
go out and give it all I have." Of course, I've felt that way about
every record I've done, but I remember saying on the front side of this
one, "I really want to take some risks on this one, to build a
He just wanted to be true to his creative instincts, to
his own heart, and own mind.
With Gentle Revolution, Scott and co-producer Kent Hooper
explored larger musical territory, inspired by the innovation of bands
like Switchfoot, Maroon 5, and pop icons like Sting and Billy Joel.
You can still hear the piano-driven pop sound Scott Krippayne
has become known for, but the polished pop edge has been burned away,
leaving behind a barrage of aggressive guitars fused with an authentic
"live" rock feel. "We operated with a - no rules, just
right - philosophy," Scott says of the musical approach. "We
wanted it to be as true musically as it is lyrically, so we agreed to
let our mistakes guide us."
Also guiding Scott was the desire to write new songs that
reflect his own spiritual journey of the last few years, to be transparent,
even at the risk of being not-so-radio friendly.
"The idea behind Gentle Revolution is change," Scott
says. "Any revolution means change, and we associate that idea
with overthrow, and yet Jesus brought a gentle revolution into the lives
of everyone he met. He touched them. He listened to their stories and
gave them the truth. With some of the songs on this album, there's
a risk of misunderstanding. People can read a lot into it, if they want.
But it's the most honest I've ever been. I'm convicted
by these songs every time I sing them?"
From the pounding opener of the title track, which reveals
the heart of the album, listeners will hear an urgent relevance in each
of the 10 songs - each one about living true to Jesus- words in an ever-changing
A riveting picture of the real world, "I Am Jesus,"
the most aggressive song on Gentle Revolution, speaks to Jesus"
words in Matthew 25:45. "Whatever you did not do for one of the
least of these, you did not do for me." An inescapable message
for our times.
"Something Different," the most musically distinctive
song on the album, dares to explore the truth that living like Jesus
is not the safest way to live: I can't ignore injustice and the tragic
human cost / Love should make me radical / worldly incompatible".
"In the Name of God," a powerful ballad co-written
with Regie Hamm (whose work has been recorded by Kenny Loggins, Bob
Carlisle, and many others), is the timeliest song on the album. A song
ripe for misinterpretation.
"We didn't set out to make a political statement,"
Scott says. "It's a difficult song, but the message is very important.
And I didn't want to not say it just because I didn't want to take any
flak for it. I'm not a pacifist, and I've got friends in Iraq,
and yet when I search scriptures and when I look at the life of Jesus,
I just don't see that he was about war. We live in a different world,
one that will unfortunately involve war, and I will always support those
we send". This song simply admits that "we mess it up more
than we get it right, and yet there's hope here because God is
"Renee," a pensive poem-of-a-song that began
in a Starbucks in Los Angeles after a brief encounter with celebrity
Renee Zellweger, is Scott's attempt to explore the reality behind the
myth of fame. "I just started thinking about what life must really
be like for her," Scott muses. "She's got to have struggles,
and you know at some point she's got to just want to go home and be
herself?" If you listen carefully, you'll hear the acoustic piano
squeak along, echoing the humanity behind such a glamorous life.
Other songs like Scott's confessional litany in "Lyin,"
the energetic wake-up call of "Alive Again" and the "blazing
beauty" of "Shadow On The Sun," punctuate Gentle Revolution's
more convicting moments with jolts of encouragement and strength for
this journey we call life. Which in itself, Scott says, should center
on Jesus - revolutionary way of life.
"If I've learned anything over the past year or two, it's
that I've got a long way to go to really make a difference, to be a
true follower of Jesus. That's where I've been living lately, trying
to sort out what's really important in life and how to represent Christ
in the world. I can't pretend to know how or if these songs will
impact people, but my hope is that God's Spirit will reveal what he
will to those who will hear."