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Not too Far from Here

Not too Far from Here
Words & Music by Ty Lacy & Steve Siler

Somebody’s down to their last dime
Somebody’s running out of time
Not too far from here
Somebody’s got nowhere else to go
Somebody needs a little hope
Not too far from here
and I may not know their names
But I’m praying just the same
That you’ll use me Lord to wipe away a tear
‘Cause somebody’s crying
Not too far from here

Somebody’s troubled and confused
Somebody’s got nothing left to lose
Not too far from here
Somebody’s forgotten how to trust
Somebody’s dying for love
Not too far from here
It may be a stranger’s face
But I’m praying for your grace
To move in me and take away the fear
‘Cause somebody’s hurting
Not too far from here

Help me Lord not to turn away from pain
Help me not to rest while those around me weep
Give me your strength and compassion
When somebody finds the road of life too steep

Now I’m letting down my guard
and I’m opening my heart
Help me speak your love to every needful ear
Jesus is waiting

© Capitol CMG Music

Innocent Child

Innocent Child
Words & Music by Steve Siler

Precious one
I know you’ve been sad for so long
Don’t blame yourself
You didn’t do anything wrong
You only wanted attention
Every child needs the same
You are as pure as a flower
In the cleansing rain

It’s not your fault
You are an innocent child
It’s not your fault
You are an innocent child

Precious one
I know the nightmares you’ve had
Don’t be ashamed
You didn’t do anything bad
You only wanted approval
Every child needs love
You are a perfect creation
of the Holy One

It’s not your fault
You are an innocent child
It’s not your fault
You are an innocent child

© Fifty Staes Music (Administered by Clearbox Rights) ASCAP

Broken to Bless

Broken to Bless
Words & Music by Steve Siler

You can’t put a saddle
on a wild stallion
He has to be broken
before you can ride
You can’t hurry wisdom
or understanding
They come with heartaches
and take their sweet time
I could drown in my sorrows
when the tears come in waves
or use them to help someone else find their way

Because I’ve been broken
How deeply I can bless
Compassion’s been forged in the fires of duress
As Jesus did for me
How could I do any less?
I’ve been broken, broken
broken to bless

We don’t learn humility
from our successes
the failures we go through
teach us the most
I could put on a brave face
act like I’m in control
or point to the one who I trust with my soul

Because I’ve been broken
How deeply I can bless
Compassion’s been forged in the fires of duress
As Jesus did for me
How could I do any less?
I’ve been broken, broken
broken to bless

The prideful heart demands first place
The humble heart leaves room for grace
Because I’ve been broken
How deeply I can bless
Compassion’s been forged in the fires of duress
As Jesus did for me
How could I do any less?
I’ve been broken
Broken
Broken to bless

© Silerland Music (Administered by Clearbox Rights) ASCAP

Renee is Fourteen

Renee is Fourteen
Words & Music by Steve Siler

Renee is fourteen
Her family like pieces of broken glass
Running from pain that she can’t outlast
An innocent victim of her past
She hitches a ride
Interstate 40 towards Hollywood
Maybe there she will be understood
At least she knows that the weather’s good

She arrives with dreams
But she’s in beyond her means
and inside her a child’s voice screams
for someone to care

Renee needs a home
She squats in a shack down on Gardner street
In the shadow of wealth and the town’s elite
Wondering each day what she’ll have to eat
She sells what she must
She’d rather not but there’s no way out
Survival becomes what her world’s about
On the street money is all that counts

No time for tears
Anger hurts less than fear
Hardened beyond her years
and too tired to care

Renee is alive but each day one more part of her soul is dead
Could we have afforded to turn our heads
If she had been our little girl instead

© Fifty States Music (Administered by Clearbox Rights) ASCAP

Child of Mine

Child Of Mine
Words & Music Steve Siler

Child of Mine
I smile when I think of you
How I knit you together
In your mother’s womb

Child of mine
I’m glad when I think of you
And the beauty of your soul
That I see shining through

You don’t have to try so hard to please me
I was pleased on the day I made you
I love you so much this is how I showed it
I sent my son to save you

Child of mine
I cry when I think of you
And all the lies you‘ve heard about me
And about yourself
That you believed were true

You don’t have to try so hard to please me
I was pleased on the day I made you
I love you so much this is how I showed it
I sent my son to save you

You are forgiven
You are set free
If you only just believe
It’ll be alright
Everything will be alright
‘Cause you’re a child of mine
and I dance when I think of you
You’ve got nothing left to prove
I smile when I think of you
I’m glad when I think of you
I dance when I think of you
I sing when I think of you
Because you are
Because you are
A child of mine

© Silerland Music (Administered by Clearbox Rights) ASCAP

Beatitudes

Beatitudes
Words & Music by Scott Krippayne, Tony Wood, Steve Siler

Blessed are the poor in spirit
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are those who mourn
For they will be comforted
Blessed are the meek
For they will inherit the earth
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
For they will be filled

Blessing, blessing
Blessing, blessing

Blessed are the merciful
For they will be shown mercy
Blessed are the pure in heart
For they, they will see God
Blessed are the peacemakers
For they will be called sons and daughters of God
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Blessing, blessing
Blessing, blessing
Blessing, blessing

© Pirk Music BMI /Silerland Music (Administered by Clearbox Rights) ASCAP / Word / TBD

Listening

Listening
Words & Music by Steve Siler

You came to me
Said you needed someone to talk to
Had a secret that was tearing you apart
Couldn’t look me in the eye
Wasn’t easy for you to speak it
To share these pieces of your broken heart
Before I knew it
I heard myself talking
Making your story about me

I wasn’t listening
I wasn’t hearing you
Too caught up in myself to put you first
I wasn’t listening
I wasn’t with you in the moment
You didn’t need my vain and empty words
Silence and a shoulder
That was what was missing
Forgive me
I wasn’t listening

I spoke too soon
So uncomfortable with questions
Couldn’t stand to let your pain speak unopposed
When you needed a nod of reassurance
When nothing when would have been the thing to say

I wasn’t listening
I wasn’t hearing you
Giving you the same old answers I’d rehearsed
I wasn’t listening
I wasn’t with you in the moment
You didn’t need my vain and empty words

Sometimes the greatest gift of all
is presence

In the front row of a sacred concert
Where you played the music of your soul

I wasn’t listening
I wasn’t hearing you
I didn’t give you the attention you deserved
I wasn’t listening
I wasn’t with you in the moment
You didn’t need my vain and empty words
Silence and a shoulder
That was what was missing
Forgive me
I wasn’t listening
Forgive me
I wasn’t listening

© Silerland Music (Administered by Clearbox Rights) ASCAP

Wounded Angel

Wounded Angel
Words & Music by Steve Siler

Wounded angel
Rest your weary wings
In the shelter of my arms
Wounded angel
Trust me with the pieces
Of your broken heart
I was watching, saw you flying
Too high, too fast, too far
Hush your crying wounded angel
I know who you are

Wounded angel
So depressed you wonder
if you’ll ever smile
Wounded angel
Kicking fences down
Like a pony running wild
I was watching, saw you taking
An inch, a foot, a mile
Hush now precious wounded angel
You are still my child

Still my pride and joy
Still the one that I adore
Still my heart’s delight
You are all of that and more

Wounded angel
Scoop your troubles up
And cast them all on me
Wounded angel
Tell me all the secrets
Darkness tried to keep
I am praying, see you healing
Now lost, now found, now free
Come discover wounded angel
Who you’re meant to be
Wounded angel, wounded angel
You are still my child

© Ninety Forty Ten Music / Silerland Music (Administered by Clearbox Rights) ASCAP

Nothing is in Vain

Nothing is in Vain
Words & Music by Steve Siler

What is one cup of water when millions are thirsty?
What is one piece of bread with so much hunger?
What is one word of kindness in a world so full of hate?
Don’t see what difference I can make

Nothing is in vain
Nothing is in vain
Let me say it again and again and again
Nothing is in vain

What is one promise kept when so much trust is broken?
What does one visit count with all the lonely?
What is one humble prayer with so many needing faith?
Seems like there is nothing I can change

Nothing is in vain
Nothing is in vain
Let me say it again and again and again
Nothing is in vain

No act of love
No course of honor
Not one touch of grace
Nothing that we do in the name of Christ
ever goes to waste

What is one choice for hope with so many despairing?
What is one word of peace in all our troubles?
What is one act of courage when so many are afraid?
Give me something I can hang on to today

Nothing is in vain
Nothing is in vain
Let me say it again and again and again
and again and again
Oh, nothing is in vain
Nothing is in vain
Let me say it again
and again and again
Nothing is
Nothing is in vain

© Silerland Music (Administered by Clearbox Rights) ASCAP

Walking Each Other Home

Walking Each Other Home
Words & Music by Steve Siler

Angel goes to the nursing home
and reads to the folks that no one visits
On Saturdays Billy Ray goes down to the shelter
and cooks up some sausage, eggs, & biscuits
and then there’s Stacy
You might think she’s crazy
She’s always singing concerts at the prison

We’re walking each other home
We’re walking each other home
There comes a time in every life when we shouldn’t be alone
We’re walking each other home

Trudy works as a trauma nurse
and volunteers her free time at the clinic
On the weekends there is Stephen giving legal counsel
pro bono for folks who need defending
Bob & Jill Carrothers always making room for others
Opening their home to foster children

We’re walking each other home
We’re walking each other home
There comes a time in every life when we shouldn’t be alone
So we’re walking each other home

The journey is long
Sometimes we feel abandoned
When the path grows dark
We all need a companion

Have you heard the Josh is working now in hospice?
Helping people find a peaceful ending

We’re walking each other home
We’re walking each other home
There comes a time in every life when we shouldn’t be alone
So we’re walking each other home
Yes, there comes a time in every life when we shouldn’t be alone
So we’re walking each other home
Each other home

© Silerland Music (administered by Clearbox Rights) ASCAP

The Apology

The Apology
Words & Music by Michael Cusick & Steve Siler

I speak on behalf of all men who have wronged you
I’m your brother, your father, your uncle, your husband,
Your teacher, your pastor or anyone else who has hurt you
I’m so sorry for how you’ve been exploited
Abandoned, diminished, and despised
For all the ways that you’ve been disrespected
I apologize

I speak on behalf of all men who’ve abused you
Your grandfather, your cousin, your boyfriend, your neighbor,
Your coach or your counselor or anyone else who has used you
I’m so sorry that you’ve been violated
Dishonored, oppressed, objectified
For all the times that you have felt degraded
I apologize

I’m so sorry for how we’ve used your bodies
And ignored your intuition and your minds
For all the ways we’ve put you in your place
I apologize

May I kneel and wash your feet?
May I kneel and wash your feet?
May I kneel and wash your feet?

© Silerland Music / Ninety Forty Ten Music (Administered by the Copyright Company) ASCAP

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Songs that resonate long after they are heard.

Suzanne B. , Birmingham, AL

For those of us who have experienced “dark nights of the soul,” Broken to Bless is a healing tonic.

Kay H., Oklahoma City, OK  

A soulful, gentle, soothing, tender tribute to the most broken among us, Steve sings with beautiful, loving empathy and healing over the broken and cast aside in this world. This album is so soothing to listen to!

Heidi A., Lake Tapps, WA

Weighty, targeted, grounded in truth and filled with Biblical hope and redemption.

Tony W., Brentwood, TN

I only have one problem with Broken to Bless . It taps into the heart and often brings tears. Which is not a bad problem. It means it is doing what it was intended to do.

Abigail W.

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Craig Nelson

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Craig Nelson

Instrument / Role:

Bass

Albums / Songs Involved With:

THE APOLOGY DRINK DEEP No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, No Such Thing as Normal, Differently, Every Single Tear, Good, Ambush, As Good as Goodbye Gets, Today, Gone Ahead, Death Has Been Conquered MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Stain Upon My Heart, Hope Will Rise Again, We Forgive You WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Whole in the Sight of God

Emily Bowland

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Emily Bowland

Instrument / Role:

Clarinet

Albums / Songs Involved With:

THE APOLOGY

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Jason Webb

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Jason Webb

Instrument / Role:

Piano

Albums / Songs Involved With:

BROKEN TO BLESS Not too Far from Here, Broken to Bless, Renee is Fourteen, Beatitudes, Listening, Wounded Angel, Nothing is in Vain, The Apology CELEBRATION TABLE Celebration Table, Come Meet Me Here, In Christ, I've Got This, Shame Died These Things, A Voiceless Cry, You are Not Alone DRINK DEEP No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, No Such Thing as Normal, Differently, Every Single Tear, Good, Ambush, As Good as Goodbye Gets, Today, Gone Ahead, Death Has Been Conquered MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Hidden Things, The Days Still Yet to Come, Hope Will Rise Again, You'll Never Call Me Daddy, Stain Upon My Heart, We Forgive You, Your Life Has Made a Difference

John Cozart

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John Cozart

Instrument / Role:

Songwriter

Albums / Songs Involved With:

BROKEN TO BLESS Wounded Angel

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Kent Hooper

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Kent Hooper

Instrument / Role:

Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Mastering, Arranging, and Keyboards

Albums / Songs Involved With:

AFTER THE STORM Engineer spoken pieces, Engineering, mixing, and mastering THE APOLOGY Engineering, mixing, and mastering BROKEN TO BLESS Engineering, mixing, and mastering CELEBRATION TABLE Engineering, mixing, and mastering CHAOS OF THE HEART Programming - Chaos of the Heart / Piano - Interludes / Mixing & Mastering - Chaos of the Heart, Keep Breathing, & How Could You / Producer - Every Single Tear - used Courtesy of Spring Hill Music Group, Inc. CHILD OF GOD Engineering, mixing, and mastering CROOKED ROAD Engineering, mixing, and mastering DAYS OF HOPE Engineering, mixing, and mastering DIGNITY Co-Producer, engineering, mixing, and mastering - All tracks / Piano - Do You Know I Love You, Precious Lord Take My Hand DRINK DEEP Co-Producer, engineering, mixing, and mastering - All tracks FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW Programming, piano, & mixing - I Don't Know You Anymore / Love as I Have Been Loved - programming / Engineer for spoken pieces HEROES UNSUNG Engineer for spoken pieces IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR Engineering, mixing, and mastering MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Co-Producer, arranging, engineering, mixing, and mastering - All tracks MORE BEAUTIFUL Programming, Keyboards, Engineer, mixing - Wildest Ride on Earth, Keyboards & Engineer - Interlude for More Beautiful on Guitar, Engineer - Affirmation MORE THAN A SURVIVOR Co-Producer, engineering, mixing, and mastering ROCK BOTTOM SOON Vocal Engineer & Mix SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Songwriter & programming - All of Me / Keyboards, mixing - Somebody's Daughter / Programming, mixing - Into the Light/ Keyboards, mixing - Every Man's Battle / Engineer & mixing - Is it Me? / I Commit My Eyes / Traitor TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE Engineered, mixed, and mastered all tracks / Also Wurlitzer - Swept Away / Keyboards - Tell Me What You See, To Be Free, In the Image of God / Guitar - Piece Me Together / Programming & Keyboards - You Love Me TWENTY THREE Producer UNDER MY SKIN Mix and mastering WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Engineer & MIx

Mark Baldwin

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Mark Baldwin

Instrument / Role:

Guitar

Albums / Songs Involved With:

BROKEN TO BLESS Guitar / Innocent Child, Walking Each Other Home, Child of Mine CELEBRATION TABLE Guitar / No Power Over Me, Rock Bottom Soon, Say Anything CHAOS OF THE HEART Guitar / Keep Breathing, How Could You DIGNITY Guitar / Love Will Have to Do It, In the Middle of the Mess, Do You Know How I Love You, When I Couldn't Do It By Myself DRINK DEEP Every Single Tear, Twenty Three, Today, Death Has Been Conquered / Also - speaker on No! IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR Guitar MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Guitar / Broken into Beautiful, I Lay it Down Listen with Love SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Guitar / Somebody's Daughter TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE Guitar / In the Image of God, No One Can Love Me like You Do, You Love Me

Michael Cusick

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Michael Cusick

Instrument / Role:

Songwriter, Featured Speaker, Discussion Guide author

Albums / Songs Involved With:

THE APOLOGY SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER Featured Speaker (Somebody's Daughter DVD) Author of the Somebody's Daughter Experiential Guide

Ron Robinson

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Ron Robinson

Instrument / Role:

Guitar

Albums / Songs Involved With:

THE APOLOGY DIGNITY Returning the Favor, Precious Lord Take My Hand MERCY GREAT ENOUGH What Now, Hope Will Rise Again,You'll Never Call Me Daddy MORE BEAUTIFUL Wildest Ride on Earth TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE The Cost, Tell Me What You See, To Be Free, Just the Way that I Am SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Traitor

Scott Krippayne

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Scott Krippayne

Instrument / Role:

Lead Vocal

Albums / Songs Involved With:

AFTER THE STORM Songwriter, Vocal - Twenty Three / Songwriter, Lead & Backing Vocals - Carry Me BROKEN TO BLESS Songwriter - Beatitudes CHAOS OF THE HEART Vocal - Chaos of the Heart / Backing Vocal - How Could You / Songwriter, Lead Vocal, & Piano - Every Single Tear / Songwriter - Keep Breathing / Songwriter & Vocal - Twenty Three DIGNITY Songwriter & Lead Vocal - Precious Lord Take My Hand / Songwriter & Vocal - Twenty Three DRINK DEEP Songwriter & Vocals - No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Differently, , Good, Ambush, Today, Gone Ahead / Songwriter, Vocal, & Piano - No Such Thing as Normal / Songwriter - Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, Every Single Tear, Twenty Three / Vocal - Death Has Been Conquered FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW Vocal / I Don't Know You Anymore / Songwriter, lead vocal & piano - Love as I Have Been Loved GOD CAN USE A BROKEN HEART Songwriter & Vocalist IN ALL THINGS Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano I PROMISE TO BE WITH YOU TODAY Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR Vocalist LOOK INTO MY EYES Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Songwriter, Piano, & Lead vocal - I Wasn't There / Backing vocals - You'll Never Call Me Daddy MORE BEAUTIFUL Vocal / More Beautiful SET SAIL Songwriter, piano, programming, and vocal SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER Songwriter, Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals - All of Me TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE Songwriter - You Love Me / Backing Vocals - Just the Way that I Am TWENTY THREE Songwriter & Vocal - Twenty Three WHERE IS MY FAITH Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Vocal / Whole in the Sight of God WRONG CONVERSATIONS Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano

Steve Siler

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Steve Siler

Instrument / Role:

Founder, Director, & Producer / Songwriter / Keys / Vocalist

Albums / Songs Involved With:

AFTER THE STORM Songwriter / Where is the Ground, Not too Far From Here, Twenty Three BROKEN TO BLESS Songwriter & Vocals / Not too Far from Here, Innocent Child, Broken to Bless, Renee is Fourteen, Child of Mine, Beatitudes, Listening, Wounded Angel, Nothing is in Vain, Walking Each Other Home, The Apology CELEBRATION TABLE Songwriter & Vocals / Celebration Table, Come Meet Me Here, In Christ, I've Got This, No Power Over Me, Rock Bottom Soon, Say Anything, Shame Died These Things, A Voiceless Cry, You are Not Alone CHAOS OF THE HEART Songwriter / Chaos of the Heart, How Could You, Every Single Tear, Keep Breathing, Twenty Three CHILD OF GOD Songwriter CROOKED ROAD Songwriter DAYS OF HOPE Songwriter DIGNITY Songwriter / Dignity, We've Never Done This Dance Before, Returning the Favor, Love Will Have to Do It, In the Middle of the Mess, Twenty Three, You Should Hear Him Sing, Do You Know I Love You, Precious Lord Take My Hand, I'm Gonna Lose You DRINK DEEP No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, No Such Thing as Normal, Differently, Every Single Tear, Good, Twenty Three, Ambush, Today, Gone Ahead, Death Has Been Conquered FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW Songwriter / Fifty Years From Now, I Don't Know You Anymore, Love as I Have Been Loved, Before God, What God Has Joined Together GOD CAN USE A BROKEN HEART Songwriter HEROES UNSUNG Songwriter & Piano IN ALL THINGS Songwriter I PROMISE TO BE WITH YOU TODAY Songwriter IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR Songwriter LOOK INTO MY EYES Songwriter MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Songwriter / The Days Still Yet to Come, Hope Will Rise Again, I Lay it Down, I Wasn't There, Listen with Love, Stain Upon My Heart, We Forgive You, What Now?, You'll Never Call Me Daddy, Your Life Has Made a Difference MORE BEAUTIFUL Songwriter / More Beautiful, Wildest Ride on Earth MORE THAN A SURVIVOR Songwriter MUSIC FOR THE LITLE SOUL Songwriter THE NEXT RIGHT THING Songwriter NO POWER OVER ME Songwriter & Vocalist ROCK BOTTOM SOON Songwriter & Vocalist SET SAIL Songwriter SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Songwriter / Traitor, Somebody's Daughter, All of Me, Into the Light, Is It Me?, I Commit My Eyes, Every Man's Battle /also / Keyboards - Is It Me? TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE Songwriter / The Cost, You Love Me, In the image of God, Just the Way that I Am, No One Can Love Me like You Do TWENTY THREE Songwriter UNDER MY SKIN Songwriter WHERE IS MY FAITH Songwriter WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Songwriter / Whole in the Sight of God WRONG CONVERSATIONS Songwriter

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Tony Wood

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Tony Wood

Instrument / Role:

Songwriter

Albums / Songs Involved With:

AFTER THE STORM Twenty Three BROKEN TO BLESS Beatitudes CHAOS OF THE HEART Twenty Three DIGNITY In the Middle of the Mess, Twenty Three DRINK DEEP No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, No Such Thing as Normal, Differently, Good, Twenty Three, Ambush, As Good as Goodbye Gets, Today, Gone Ahead FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW I Don't Know You Anymore IN ALL THNGS I PROMISE TO BE WITH YOU TODAY LOOK INTO MY EYES Songwriter SET SAIL Songwriter TWENTY THREE Twenty Three WHERE IS MY FAITH WRONG CONVERSATIONS

Ty Lacy

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Ty Lacy

Instrument / Role:

Songwriter

Albums / Songs Involved With:

AFTER THE STORM Not Too Far From Here BROKEN TO BLESS Not Too Far From Here

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