Christian Review Magazine Issue 3 - March 2015 - Page 50

thoughtful, artistic light that evokes curiosity from believers and nonbelievers alike. “We want to be able to share our music with anyone, hoping they appreciate the beauty of it while thinking, ‘Wow, you’re writing from a Christian story for art, really?’ Our goal is to be integral to the society we’re in,” says David. “We hope people hear our story, get to know us and realize, ‘Oh man, this person is different than me, but maybe they can respect the way I think.’” david GUNGOR a very complex thing that’s going on. Everything is very intentional in how it’s written. I don’t think we’ve ever written a song that we’re more excited about.” Then there’s the poignant “Does Your Heart Break?”—a song originally written for Lent. In light of recent cultural and religious clashes around the world, the song takes on new meaning. David revisited the lyrics and revised the second verse to reflect the emotions of his congregation amid unrest in New York following the questionable death of an African-American man, giving his church a chance to grieve during Advent. “For any song or any piece of art, there are things that are surface level, and then there’s always a story behind the story,” says David. 50 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW MAGAZINE john ARNDT “Art must have the ability to represent multiple meanings at once,” continues John. “Everyone has a different experience and perception that includes their unique hopes, desires and fears. A huge part of the ‘beauty’ of art is its ability to transcend clean, black and white definitions… I also believe that is the beauty of God. Whenever we try to grasp the Divine and limit God to a simple dogma, He evades our grasp. David and John hope the stories in their songs provoke thought and spark the creativity of listeners, regardless of the diverse venues where they perform—from high masses and formal church settings to seminaries, colleges and clubs. The universal appeal of their music is breaking down barriers of age, ethnicity and even religion, allowing them to share their faith in a Basic Christian truths like loving your neighbor and forgiving others are at the heart of the remedy for the human condition, regardless of religious beliefs. The Brilliance hopes their art can transcend the walls that divide us and somehow fulfill that longing for peace and justice in songs that lead listeners on a journey ultimately toward hope. “For me, the reason I follow the teaching of Jesus Christ is because it actually brings life and truth, and it transcends certain boundaries,” David maintains. “We love art, and we love the idea of making art within the Christian narrative… We want to push boundaries artistically to inspire the imagination.” Article and images used courtesy of Hoganson Media Relations and The Brilliance *** READ OUR REVIEW OF “BROTHER”