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Fourteen-time Grammy Award Winner Ricky Skaggs talked to The Christian Post about his latest album Mosaic and why it is important for America to get out of the bubble and accept that any genre of music can be for God.
Those who are familiar with Skaggs' music will find that his latest album, co-written with Gordon Kennedy, takes on more of a pop sound rather than his signature bluegrass melody.
He is known to have spent most of his career writing his own songs. However, on Mosaic we can feel that the risk of new material wasn’t detrimental to his repertoire but rather delightfully innovative and indelibly memorable.
His strong Christian lyrics still resonate in each song but the audience will be truly perplexed and divinely surprised by its unprecedented tunes.
"Spontaneous Worship," a song that his son, Luke Skaggs, participates in, stands out with its variants in melody and his use of the sitar while his familiar instruments make a guest appearance.
"God is so creative, that’s why the Scripture talks about every tribe and every tongue, we'll be in heaven and we'll be there to worship Him," said Skaggs, who is up for two Grammys for 2011. "Wouldn't it be great to hear the Lord say 'OK, India is going to worship today' and just hear sitar, and sarangi and santoor and every beautiful instrument of India just pour their heart out like a drink offering and listen to the heart of that music."
He added, "That’s what I love about 'Spontaneous Worship;' it sounds like the nations, every tribe and tongue put together as one to worship the King."
The freshness of the album rises on the question of why it is important for Christians to remember that dedicating music to God doesn't necessarily have to follow a certain genre or a certain beat.
On that subject, Skaggs shared, "I think we live in a bubble in America. We get so boxed in by traditions and my children have really helped me get out of the box. They musically listen to so much stuff."
Through his new album he hopes to remind people “that Jesus loves us, he's not mad at us, God is not mad at us. He loves us too much to leave us where we are."