Only one thing was required of Landry Cantrell when it was time to make his fifth studio album: just show up and sing.
The singer/songwriter/worship leader from Northern California came to the studio armed with songs that he and his producer, Sean Hill of Atlanta, had meticulously selected from a cadre of material Cantrell had written or co-written during the past three years. The result, the self-titled “Landry Cantrell,” was released in July of 2014. “The original idea was to go in and create a record that was timeless, music that couldn’t be time stamped to this decade,” Cantrell says.
“I have been blessed to come in contact with many amazing artists and songwriters over my relatively short career in music thus far, and I can truly say Landry Cantrell is easily among the top,” Hill says. “Although the world may not know him by name just yet, I am confident that they will very soon.
People often ask Cantrell what kind of music he makes, a question that isn’t easily answered.
“My music definitely has a pop feel and electronic, but also R&B,” Cantrell says. “It’s organic. It’s Landry Cantrell music.”
Cantrell also found that he could share candidly in the lyrics for the new project, with songs that are more personal than on other CDs.
“Throughout the album, there’s a theme of ‘This is where I am God, I’m searching for You,’ That theme repeats a lot throughout the album, because that’s a place I was in when I was writing a lot of the songs,” Cantrell says.
One song, “Chasing Stars,” which is the first single, uses the analogy of a sailor to illustrate Cantrell’s struggle.
“Sometimes,” he says. “it’s really hard to separate what you want and what is really God’s will for you and not to confuse the two and let one cloud the other.”
Cantrell is unafraid to share his own experiences honestly in his music because he wants to support others in their journeys.
“I want my music to say ‘I see you over there and I want to encourage you,’” he says.