Singer/songwriter Rob Frazier has returned to his roots for his long-awaited
Freedom Records release, The Things I Say. A veteran of the CCM scene,
Frazier is back writing and singing with passion and intensity - a skill
that has won him recognition as a songwriter but not the attention as a
singer and artist ommensurate with his albums and live performances. That
is changing with this project.
The Things I Say is a culmination of two years writing and ruminating on
issues near to his heart and experience. The title song reflects the anguish
of honestly confronting the gap between what we say we believe and how
we actually live. Frazier draws from the well of personal experience but
also attacks topics often avoided by others including confronting a friend
whose faith is slipping into apathy, the often fractious nature of theological
debate and even the controversy over the violence at abortion clinics.
Working with legendary producer and friend Dave Perkins (Newsboys, Chagall
Guevera, Randy Stonehill), Frazier has created an album mature in nature,
with Beatle-esque and retro stylings and perhaps a harder edge than his
earlier releases, yet with a contemporary sound. He felt he had become
a bit stagnant in the milieu of CCM radio regularity after his 15+ years
in Christian music and needed a jolt back to his acoustic rock roots. Perkins
was willing and able to provide such impetus. Heartfelt and intriguing
ballads round out the musical offerings.
This artistic rebirth coincides with new spiritual growth in Frazier's
life and a realization over the last few years that God is leading him
toward pastoral ministry. He has recently begun part-time seminary training
toward that end. Giftings in the area of encouragement, exhortation and
teaching are obvious components of his concert ministry and it's not hard
to see the artist in the role of pastor with perhaps some combination of
the the two. He has observed a growing openness in the church to including
the arts as part of worship and Christian growth and is encouraged by that
trend. The need to keep a Biblical base to artistic expression is something
on his heart as well as recent exposure to the missions explosion in the
worldwide church, the focus on the "10/40 window" of unreached people groups
and the exciting possibility of completing the Great Commission in our
A veteran of the CCM scene, Frazier has been active as a solo artist for
over a dozen years; from major tours to extensive work on the college circuit
and now his new focus: ministering in and partnering with the local church.
Always, he seems to focus on what his music has consistently conveyed;
that the Christian life is not just one decision but constant growth and
discovery - something that touches every area of life. Once again, it's
obvious that this artist is capable of penetrating observations on the
Christian experience even as his music is entertaining and real, finding
great success within the sometimes narrow confines of Christian radio,
often going right up the charts.
"Forgiven," "We Are One," "A Place Called Heaven" and "Hole in My Heart,"
the first four singles from The Long Run, Frazier's
previous effort from 1994, all neared or reached the top 10. Before that
he released Retrospect, a "Best of, Volume 1" project plus three new songs,
which yielded two top 10 songs, "Love is Sacrifice" and "Why Why Why,"
a punchy duet with Steve Camp. "Got Your Word on It" and "The Heartland"
from the 1990 album of the same name both occupied the #2 spots on the
national survey for several weeks and remain staples on Christian radio
Meanwhile, Frazier began receiving heavy secular airplay in South Africa,
beginning with the song "Go Through Fire," which led to a sold out tour
there in 1993 and a return visit in November '94. Interestingly, it was
during that most recent visit that the song "We Are One," which was inspired
by his observation of the courageous role the church in South Africa has
undertaken to lead the way toward true racial reconciliation, climbed the
charts. This led to a first for many Christian radio stations which hosted
Rob's interview special, "Live From South Africa." He also makes regular
visits to the U.K. and undertook his first tour of Australia where he recorded
the surprise blues band project with two popular Australian Christian artists
called - "The Blues Farmers". That project is just out in North America
and is lots of fun!
Previous well-known songs include the standards "(Doesn't Anybody Pray
in) This Town Anymore" and "Break My Heart" from 1987's This Town. In 1984
he released his solo debut, Cut It Away, including the hits "Come On Elaine,"
"Train Up a Child" and the classic "He is All You Need" recorded by Steve
Camp and other artists.
Frazier has enjoyed a close relationship with Camp for over a decade, co-writing
many of the songs on his last 11 albums as well as songs for other artists
including Margaret Becker, Rick Cua, Geoff Moore and the Distance, Kenny
Marks, John Fischer, Dick Tunney, Vince Wilcox, Connie Scott and the super-group
KANSAS. His songwriting skills have been widely recognized, including numerous
Top 10 Songwriter of the Year citations by the Gospel Music Association
as well as several Dove Award nominations for "Song of the Year." He was
also a contributing member of the group PETRA for several years appearing
on the albums 'Washes Whiter Than,' 'War and Remembrance' and "PETRA -
The Early Years.' Prior to that he led a band in intensive evangelistic
youth work throughout Britain and other parts of Europe.
Raised the son of a pastor near Philadelphia, PA, he lives in Nashville
with Carol, his wife of 18 years and their three children, ages 15, 10
and 8. He is a member of the Belmont Church, an interdenominational fellowship,
where he and his wife are cell-group (home church) leaders. He is also
involved with several para-church ministries including Compassion International.