Aaron Shust

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Aaron Shust
Birth name Aaron Michael Shust[1]
Born (1975-10-31) October 31, 1975 (age 38)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[2]
Genres CCM, rock, praise and worship
Instruments vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2005–present
Labels Centricity Music
Website www.aaronshust.com

Aaron Michael Shust (born, October 31, 1975) is an American contemporary Christian music artist on the Centricity Music label. Shust was named the songwriter of the year at the GMA Dove Awards of 2007, and his song "My Savior My God" received the Song of the Year award.[3]

Biography[edit]

Shust grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied music theory at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia. While there he studied Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach. He also became influenced by U2 and Bob Marley.[4] He began performing at churches and coffeehouses while at college.

Shust began leading worship at Perimeter Church, Duluth, Georgia in 2000 and recorded his album, Anything Worth Saying in 2004 with producer Dan Hannon who delivered the album along with a stack of others along to Brash Music for consideration. Brash Music signed Shust shortly thereafter.

2006[edit]

His second single "My Savior My God" was released January 20, 2006. The song was played on Christian radio stations around Christmas 2005. The song was listed at No. 19 on Radio and Records chart three weeks before the single was officially released to radio.

The song was listed No. 1 on six charts simultaneously by April 17: Radio and Records (R&R) Christian adult contemporary (AC) radio chart, R&R Christian AC monitor chart, CRW's AC radio chart, Billboard Hot Christian songs radio chart, most downloaded inspirational song on iTunes, and Billboard Hot Christian AC chart. The song spent 30 weeks in the Top 5 on the R&R Christian AC chart in 2006.[5] Digital downloads of the song have topped 75,000 copies, and the song has held the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Christian and Gospel chart for over three months.[5] The single was the second most played song of 2006 on Christian CHR radio as played on the Weekend 22.[6] It was the No. 1 song of 2006 on 20 The Countdown Magazine. The song was awarded Song of the Year at the 2007 Annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville.

Anything Worth Saying was the 5th best-selling "Praise and Worship" album of 2006, according to the Nielsen Soundscan report for 2006. It only sold 300 copies its first week, however.[citation needed]

2007[edit]

At the GMA Dove Awards of 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee, Shust was awarded three Dove Awards: Song of the Year ("My Savior, My God"), Songwriter of the Year, and New Artist of the Year.

Shust's second studio album, Whispered and Shouted, was released on June 5, 2007, and sold 5,000 copies its first week of release.[citation needed]

2009[edit]

In 2009, Shust's third album, Take Over, was released, including the Christian radio hit "To God Alone".[7] On October 21, he released a Christmas EP.

Present[edit]

In August 2011, Shust's fourth album, This Is What We Believe, was released. The album is produced by Ed Cash.[8]

Personal life[edit]

When he is not recording or touring, Shust lives outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Sarah and their sons, Daniel, Nicky, and Michael.[9] He also leads worship at his home church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US US
Christian
US
Heat
US
Indie
2005 Anything Worth Saying 63 1 2 3
2007 Whispered and Shouted
  • Released: June 5, 2007
  • Label: Brash
  • Format: CD, digital download
151 5 17
2009 Take Over
  • Released: August 4, 2009
  • Label: Brash
  • Format: CD, digital download
197 15 21
Christmas EP
  • Released: October 21, 2009
  • Label: Brash
  • Format: EP, digital download
2011 This Is What We Believe - 15 - -
2013 Morning Rises - 14 - -
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2005 "Matchless" Anything Worth Saying
2006 "My Savior My God"
"Give It All Away"
2007 "Give Me Words to Speak" Whispered and Shouted
"Long Live the King"
2008 "Watch Over Me"
2009 "To God Alone" Take Over
"Come and Save Us"
"O come, O come, Emmanuel" Christmas EP
2011 "My Hope is in You" This Is What We Believe
2012 "Risen Today"
"We Are Free"
2013 "God of Brilliant Lights" Morning Rises

Awards[edit]

GMA Dove Award wins and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result
2007 New Artist of the Year Won
Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year ("My Savior My God") Won
Songwriter of the Year Won
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("My Savior My God") Nominated
Worship Song of the Year ("My Savior My God") Nominated
2008 Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Whispered and Shouted) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aaron Shust (April 11, 2008). "SHUSTLOG: Thank you, Break, and Cleveland". Aaronshust.blogspot.com. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Christian Music Review. "Artist Profile [Aaron Shust]". Christianmusicreview.org. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Results of the 2007 GMA Dove Awards. Retrieved April 27, 2007
  4. ^ "About Aaron at his official website". Aaronshust.com. March 9, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Biography at 1cubed.com. Retrieved January 8, 2007
  6. ^ As played on the January 7, 2007 Weekend 22 countdown
  7. ^ "Music News, August 2009: AARON SHUST’S TAKE OVER RELEASES TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM". Jesusfreakhideout.com. August 5, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ Hess, Tyler. "Aaron Shust – This Is What We Believe (Album Art, Tracklisting)". Christianmusiczine.com. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "This Is What We Believe". Aaron Shust. March 9, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
The Afters
GMA's New Artist of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Brandon Heath