|Birth name||Aaron Michael Shust|
October 31, 1975 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||CCM, rock, praise and worship|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, piano|
Aaron Michael Shust (born, October 31, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois) 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. The single was the second most played song of 2006 on Christian CHR radio as played on the Weekend 22. 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.
When he is not recording or touring, Shust lives outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Sarah and their sons, Daniel, Nicky, and Michael. He also leads worship at his home church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2005||Anything Worth Saying||63||1||2||3|
|2007||Whispered and Shouted
|2011||This Is What We Believe||-||15||-||-|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|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"||This Is What We Believe|
|2013||"God of Brilliant Lights"||Morning Rises|
GMA Dove Award wins and nominations
|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|
- Aaron Shust (April 11, 2008). "SHUSTLOG: Thank you, Break, and Cleveland". Aaronshust.blogspot.com. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
- Christian Music Review. "Artist Profile [Aaron Shust]". Christianmusicreview.org. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
- Results of the 2007 GMA Dove Awards. Retrieved April 27, 2007
- "About Aaron at his official website". Aaronshust.com. March 9, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
- Biography at 1cubed.com. Retrieved January 8, 2007
- As played on the January 7, 2007 Weekend 22 countdown
- "Music News, August 2009: AARON SHUST’S TAKE OVER RELEASES TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM". Jesusfreakhideout.com. August 5, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
- Hess, Tyler. "Aaron Shust – This Is What We Believe (Album Art, Tracklisting)". Christianmusiczine.com. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
- "This Is What We Believe". Aaron Shust. March 9, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
|GMA's New Artist of the Year