Aaron Shust

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Aaron Shust
Aaron Shust Lifest 2017.jpg
Aaron Shust performing in 2017
Background information
Birth name Aaron Michael Shust[1]
Born (1975-10-31) October 31, 1975 (age 42)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[2]
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]


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 attending 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 to Brash Music for consideration. Brash Music signed Shust shortly thereafter.

His second single, "Give It All Away", was released on January 20, 2006. The song was played on Christian radio stations around Christmas 2005. The song peaked at No. 19 on Radio and Records chart three weeks before the single was officially released to radio.

The song peaked at 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 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.[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.

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

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]

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.

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

On March 10, 2017, Shust released his first live album, Love Made a Way, which was produced by Nathan Nockels.[9] Four singles released from the album were a studio version of "You Redeem", "Belong", a live version of his 2004 song "My Savior My God", and a radio version of "Resurrecting". The album failed to chart, but "You Redeem" peaked at No. 37 on the Hot Christian Songs chart.[10]

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.[11] He also leads worship at his home church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.[11]



Year Album details Peak chart positions
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: CD, digital download
2011 This Is What We Believe
  • Released: August 23, 2011
  • Label: Centricity
  • Format: CD, digital download
2013 Morning Rises
  • Released: July 16, 2013
  • Label: Centricity
  • Format: CD, digital download
2014 Unto Us (Christmas album)
  • Released: October 14, 2014
  • Label: Centricity
  • Format: CD, digital download
2015 Doxology
  • Released: August 28, 2015
  • Label: Centricity
  • Format: CD, digital download
2017 Love Made a Way
  • Released: March 10, 2017
  • Label: Centricity
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Album
2005 "Change The Way" Anything Worth Saying
2006 "Give It All Away"
"More Wonderful"
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
2016 "Ever Be" Ever Be - EP

Awards and nominations[edit]

GMA Dove Awards[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


  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 Archived February 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. 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 (June 11, 2011). "Aaron Shust – This Is What We Believe (Album Art, Tracklisting)". Christianmusiczine.com. Archived from the original on May 15, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.newreleasetoday.com/albumdetail.php?album_id=17128
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/275386/aaron-shust/chart?sort=date&f=355
  11. ^ a b "This Is What We Believe". Aaron Shust. March 9, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 

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