ANDREW RIPP: Addiction, Authenticity, and Artistry

“Throughout our process we’ve learned what it feels like when friends carry the weight with you. And the only way to get there is to be vulnerable and let other people into your struggle. If they don’t know, they can’t lift it.”

This week on The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum talks about authenticity with singer-songwriter Andrew Ripp. Andrew recently released The Heart, the first half of a new album, The Heart & The Soul. His music is full of strong hooks, and is written in a very lyric forward manner. While he is an extremely talented artist, this interview is full of wisdom about family, forgiveness, vulnerability, and being more than a conqueror!

“If I want God’s dream over my life rather than mine, I have to be willing to let go of everything I know. Learning how to rest and quiet the noise has done wonders in my life. We have to learn how to get quiet.”

Andrew feels passionately about the importance of vulnerability. He and John talk about Andrew’s journey to overcome alcoholism, and how he triumphed over this addiction and gained greater strength and perspective. His thoughts regarding the strength found in the midst of surrender are challenging and truly inspiring. There are times when we surrender is necessary to make space for something new.

Andrew’s surrender led the way to freedom, and new opportunity. Listen in to hear more about Andrew’s life, lessons he has learned as a husband and artist, and how he and his wife abruptly entered the realm of parenthood just a couple of months ago!

“With themes in songs, I don’t really think about it while I’m writing them. Sometimes songwriters try to write the song, instead of waiting for the song to reveal itself. The best songs come when they unfold, and you just get out of the way.”

Some topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction // Guest Name – 1:26
  • Andrew’s Story – 6:02
  • Marriage, Family, and Forgiveness. – 12:17
  • The Freedom of Surrender – 29:23
  • Andrew’s Journey to Find Freedom From Alcoholism – 33:12
  • Andrew’s new EP The Heart – 41:22
  • Wrap Up – 48:13

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John Chisum

John Chisum is a pioneer in the Christian music business, serving alongside people such as Bill & Gloria Gaither, Twila Paris, Paul Baloche, Don Moen, and many more. As President of Nashville Christian Songwriters, John seeks to empower Christian songwriters worldwide to discover and fulfill their call to write.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Karena Watkins

    What a great podcast! I love music and there is a songwriter inside of me just waiting to come out! Thanks for the inspiration and resources that are available!

  2. Tom Sullivan

    Another great conversation. Thanks much to both of you.

  3. Armando O.

    I enjoyed hearing this podcast! I stayed listening the all way through. Hearing Andrew’s testimony convicted me as I’m currently going thru an addiction as well. This podcast needs to be shared with others!

  4. Matt

    Love this!
    Andrew’s music and testimony speak so much of God’s grace and mercy.
    His songs Jericho and God Knows (Must Be Love) speak so much truth about God. His new single Rejoice is a celebration of victory in Christ. This podcast needs to be shared with others!

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