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"Witness Review"

Nash Monkey Music

The Bible says that John the Revelator was sent to witness the Light so that all men through him might believe, though he was not that Light. West Des Moines singer-songwriter-pianist Scott Stilwell might be embarrassed by such comparisons, but parallels exist between the work of the Apostle and the gospel of “Witness.” Stilwell sings heartfelt lyrics dripping with powerful imagery to good effect on 16 songs (15 originals) that connect with sacred and secular music fans. Powerful songs about God’s omnipresence (“God is in the Crowd,” featuring Radoslav Lorkovic), brotherhood (“Picture of Jesus”), family (“Generations Go Bye”) and life’s frustrations (“Angel Now and Then” featuring Dave Moore) abound, as does Stilwell’s graceful devotion to leading others to the Light. Believe it. — Michael Swanger

- Cityview, Des Moines Iowa


"Witness" - Released October 2008



In 2006, Scott Stilwell found himself in between jobs while searching to find his niche in the music business. His wife Sharon suggested a month in Nashville to explore "the songwriting thing". Every year thousands of musicians and writers migrate to Nashville to make their dreams come true and thousands head back home feeling unfulfilled.

Stilwell's Nashville experience proved invigorating as he networked into the close knit music community. Since that time, he's continued to hone his craft and write his best songs to date, culminating with the release of his new CD, "Witness".

In 2007, Scott accepted a job as the Director of Music and Fine Arts at his home church in Des Moines. Working in a creative capacity every day has allowed him to become more focused on music. He now shares his gift of songwriting to diverse audiences in live performances, worship services, workshops and even prisons.

He is also well versed in the "business" aspect of music, having been the founder and coordinator of "The Lighthouse" in Des Moines. Recognized as one of the great small concert series in the Midwest, "The Lighthouse" was a haven for some of the finest performers and songwriters in the country, including Patty Larkin, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, Dennis Warner, Tom Kimmel, Susan Werner, Alison Brown, Guy Davis, etc.

The Paul Salisbury produced "Witness" is a 16 song faith journey, exploring relationships with God through stories and prayers. The CD includes 15 songs written by Stilwell along with Peter Mayer's "Holy Now". Several noted performers make guest appearances with Stilwell on "Witness", including acclaimed harmonica player Dave Moore and vocalist Ingrid Graudins.