About the Artist
Worship Leader Magazine called Aaron Strumpel’s first work with Enter the Worship Circle (Chair & Mic Vol. 2) “captivating” and said it “needs to permeate more of our services of worship.”
In his second solo effort, Aaron continued his psalmic output with the vast and wild Elephants record, winning Calvin College’s Band-spotting Contest at the Festival of Faith and Arts and garnering critical acclaim with Christianity Today calling it a “stunning achievement” and Paste Magazine saying that he “has stolen the hymnbook of ancient Israel back for the regular folks.”
Christianity Today called his follow-up, Birds, a “holy hoe-down” and “gloriously disheveled.”
It’s from this atmosphere of creativity and faithfulness to write songs and create records of lament and joy, proclamation and complaint, that the dream of BRIGHT STAR was born. It is an album of songs to be listened to; it is an album of songs to be sung, both personally and congregationally, whether led with an acoustic guitar or pop- synth orchestra. It captures a sound that is at once wondrous in scope and approachable in intention. Exciting new songs include “Mightier,” which, like the Psalmist in the 93rd chapter, proclaims the majesty of God in creation, “Coming After You,” which gives the listener the language of yearning, and “Beautiful Pearl,” which leaves a person ruminating on what it meant and still means for Christ to give his life. Alongside these songs are several standards that have become anthems in the many communities over the years: “Twenty Three,” “Centuries,” and the title track, “Bright Star.”
Aaron invited the excellent Latifah Phillips (Page CXVI, The Autumn Film, Moda Spira) to produce the record alongside him and enlisted songwriter and engineer David Wilton (Loud Harp, Jason Upton, Josh Garrels, A Boy and His Kite) to mix and master.
(Bio provided by the artist)