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B3 DENVER CATHOLIC | NOVEMBER 11-24, 2017 Gibs' lifetime accomplishments in bronze, represented by Masters Gallery 2616 E 3rd Ave. Denver, CO 80206 303-221-2449 Nearing the end of Gib's life, he was asked what he wanted to be remembered for. He replied, "First is helping to bring spiritual and biblical art into the mainstream of America." Singleton created spiritual art from childhood. Devotional and Biblical bronzes becoming a major part of his legacy. Today, one will find his creations adorning gardens and collections including... Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi - Santa Fe, NM and Museum of Biblical Art - Dallas, TX Museum of Biblical Art - Dallas, TX "The Dove" by Gib Singleton Sculpting Spirit DC: What's the story behind the album cover? MM: I'm always drawn to words and their meaning. I've been thinking a lot about how this year is the 500th anni- versary of the Reformation, and the word "protest" comes from a Latin root¹protestari, which means "to tes- tify." I was looking for an image that somehow describes the condition of the world that we fi nd ourselves in. That picture for me is perfect because it represents a lot of things: It represents humanity stuck in the human condition, it represents the possibility of every person now with technology having the ability to stand on a soapbox every minute of every day and draw attention to something. In the process of making the record, I realized that half the songs were about the Cross as our source of sal- vation, but also a sign of solidarity with the world; this idea of God lifting up his own son as a protest against death itself. It became all those things. It's been interesting because people ask me about the cover and what it means, and I want to say, "What do you think it means?" DC: What hasƒinfl uenced your change in sound and style over the years? MM: You grow as a person and as an artist. It's funny because people always tell me that my music has a sound, and I always feel like I'm still searching for that. I don't feel like I've found it yet. I'm always trying to do a better job as far as articulating lyrics and how I feel and emotion. My stepdad said something to me once back in 2009, before I wrote the song "Hold Us Together." He said, "You write a lot of songs about your faith, but I would love to hear you write a song from your faith." That continues to haunt me because I do think that is the challenge, not just for me, but for the whole Church in the sense of: Are we spending most of our time and talents still trying to artic- ulate what we believe rather than articu- lating things that people can fi nd believ- able? Explaining faith versus witnessing faith are two completely di¡ erent things, and I've realized for me as a songwriter, that's something I'm trying to grow in. Echoes is available now to stream and purchase.

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