Shawn Tyler Gray

Shawn Tyler Gray

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The music of Shawn Tyler Gray clearly defines where ministry meets artistry. Shawn has been blessed with a gift and calling which he feels is a tool to use in order to glorify God. His desire is to see others brought to Christ through his music, genuine spirit, testimony, and heartfelt lyrics.

Biography

At 23 years old, Shawn Tyler Gray is a singer/songwriter and worship leader committed to ministering through his music and passion for God. Growing up under his Grandfather's ministry at a small church in Indiana, Shawn came to know Christ at a young age. It was through music programs at his church he first realized his passion for singing and songwriting.

Over the years Shawn has invested himself in learning and honing his craft, resulting in a deep catalog of original songs, including several songs co-written with various professional Nashville-based songwriters, such as Darwin Moody, President of Embassy Music, and John Pisciotta, of Paradiso Music, former writer for Sony Music. Shawn has also had the opportunity to open up for such major label artists as: Matthew West, Bethany Dillon, Barlow Girl, Tait, Jump 5, Exit East, Farewell June, Everyday Sunday and Ever Stays Red.

Currently a resident of Chandler, Arizona, Shawn has spent the past 4 years touring and performing concerts as well as leading worship at churches and venues across the United States. In the summer of 2006, Shawn brought his music to the Philippines for a three-week concert tour, which included several radio-shows and a televised concert. Shawn's songs can still be heard on Christian radio throughout the country. Prior to living in Arizona, Shawn served as the worship leader at the First Baptist Church of Brookville, Indiana for three years. He is currently serving as the worship leader at Rock Point Church in Queen Creek/Gilbert, Arizona. Along with his position at Rock Point Shawn continues his touring.

Shawn's debut album, "Right Here, Right Now", was released in November of 2003. His first single, "Dominoes", was promoted nationally to Christian radio, by Michael Johnson, a prominent Nashville radio promoter, whose credits include: Essential Records, Third Day, By the Tree, Barlow Girl, Nicole C. Mullen, and many more. This promotion included a 26 city radio tour in July and August of 2004. As a result of this tour and radio promotion, "Dominoes" has received airplay on Christian radio stations nationwide and in countries around the world. Promotion also led to Shawn's album being distributed nationwide to many Christian stores including some of the country's largest Christian book-stores.

Shawn spent a good portion of 2005 and 2006 focused on the creation of his sophomore album. In early fall of 2006, this latest album, "No Turning Back" was released.

And through all of this, Shawn's true heart's desire is to see others brought to Christ through his original music and testimony. He continues to minister to people through a genuine spirit, heartfelt lyrics and music. Shawn remains committed to showcasing and touring, to personally connecting with as many people as he can, and to sharing his heart and ministry through anointed artistry and musicianship.

The Story behind “Dominoes”

Shawn’s inspiration for writing “Dominoes” stems from his father’s salvation experience at the age of 18. A street preacher approached Don Gray when he and his friends were out for a night of partying. After hearing the simple plan of salvation, Don bowed his head and accepted Christ as his Savior on the street corner that night. At first his family thought he was crazy, but after seeing the change in his life, they realized that he had something real. Because of his testimony, many of them have also accepted Christ. One of those was Paul Gray, Shawn’s uncle, who today is reaching hundreds for Jesus each week in the Ukraine. Paul receives daily letters, attesting to this ministry’s impact on Ukrainians nationwide. The “Dominoes Challenge” campaign encourages everyone who hears the song to take an action for Jesus just as that street preacher did some 30 years ago, starting a domino effect – the result of which today reaches literally around the world.

Lyrics

No Turning Back

Written By: Shawn Tyler Gray, Nathan Finfrock, Ernest W. Blandly, and Anonymous

The world behind me, the cross before me
No turning back
If none go with me, the world against me
No turning back …Cause

I can hear my Savior calling
Take your cross and follow me

Chorus:
Where He leads me I will follow
Where He leads me I will go
Where He leads me I will follow
Where He leads me I will go
I will go

Through darkened valleys, over raging seas
No turning back
If death should haunt me, it will not stop me
No turning back

I can hear my Savior calling
Take your cross and follow me

(Repeat Chorus)

I have decided to follow Jesus (3xs)
Follow Jesus
Follow Jesus

Where He leads me I will follow
Where He leads me I will go
If none go with me, still I will follow
The world against me, I will follow

(Repeat Chorus)

I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back

Hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” by Anonymous/Unknown, Public Domain
Hymn “Where He Leads Me” by Ernest W. Blandly 1890, Public Domain

Dominoes

Written By: Shawn Tyler Gray, Darwin Moody, and Jeremy Owens

Stationary life- Rectangular design
Black suits, white dots- in a
geometric line
Until love comes and moves one from behind

Reverse infraction
A chain reaction

Chorus:
Like Dominoes as far as the eye
can see
Like Dominoes falling into infinity
Touching people we may
never know
On and on and on and on love goes
Like Dominoes- Like Dominoes

Intricacies of- perpetual truth
Defying the laws- of self-
gratitude
Reaching forward in a worthy pursuit

It's cause and effect
When we all connect

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
The future is created by
what we do today
Its all linked together in a crazy kind of way

Repeat Chorus

Hide Me

Written By: Shawn Tyler Gray and Darwin Moody

My hands are weak
Your arms are strong
And I can feel them reaching
To take me to
Your holy place
The place my soul is seeking

Embrace me
Come save me

Chorus:
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings
Clothe me in the mercy of the King
And with my voice I will rejoice and I will sing
Oh Lord
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,

You are my shield
You are my strength
When midnight’s sky is forming
With perfect grace
You shelter me
Until the break of morning

Embrace me
Come save me

(Repeat Chorus)

My rock, my refuge, my truth
My hope is only in You
So hide me
So hide me
So hide me Lord

(Repeat Chorus)

Discography

Right Here, Right Now-2003
No Turning Back-2006

Set List

No Turning Back
Hide Me
Dirty Hands
Fly
Dominoes
Good Good King