Kurt Carr’s latest album, “Bless This House” debuted #1 when it was released in January and remains in the Top Ten on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. In a candid interview, Kurt Carr discusses his album, his mentors and shares his thoughts on music for the church.
Why name the album “Bless This House?”
“I had been writing for 2 years and we were getting ready to start recording in Los Angeles and the recording session started at 1 p.m. I woke up that morning at 4 a.m. and I heard the phrase ‘bless this house.’ And I thought ‘that’s the title because I want this music to bless God’s house, the people of God and their house and their family.’ I tried to go back to sleep and I couldn’t and by day break I had written the entire song.
Why is it so important to create good church music for the saints for Sunday morning?
“My music is the music that keeps the church relevant and current, keeps the saints uplifted so we can have music when the unbeliever comes to church. We need music that causes us to worship as well as well. So I believe that is my calling and I’m staying true to that.
You have a song on the album called “We’ve Gotta Put Jesus Back.”
“I actually wrote that one for the last album, but I actually thought that I would wait. The message in that song is that you got to put Jesus first as believers. So it’s important that we, as believers put Him first because the Bible says seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will be added unto you.”
You’ve got some dynamic women on this album; Judith McAllister and Kathy Taylor.
“Judith McAllister and I were together fifteen years. We ran the music department for Bishop Charles Blake. We were co-laborers in the music and I wanted to have a big opening and I consider her the queen of praise and worship. So who better to do it than Judy? Kathy Taylor, she’s just a powerhouse and to me she is the queen of traditional singers.
What was it like working with Shirley Caesar?
“Just the fact that she is truly a legend and a phenomenal gift, one of the greatest gifts that I believe that God has ever given the kingdom of God. The main thing is the longevity that God has given her and the strength. So God gave us chemistry together and I believe he’s given her songs that are going to bless the church.”
You’ve been in this industry for over 20 years, how have you evolved over time?
“Every album, I try to show growth and that’s why I don’t do a record every year. So I try not to outdo myself, but to show my growth as a musician and as a believer. If you listen to the first album I ever did, versus this last album, the depths of the lyrics are there, so it shows that I’ve grown and matured as a man of God and a musician as well. It makes for a tedious, very difficult process, but it’s worth it.”