"Over the last couple of years, I feel like I've been learning to rest more, and not worry so much about what may or may not happen in the future," shares Ryan Stevenson about the idea behind the new album. "In the beginning, I tended to operate out of a posture to 'obtain' success; then over time, I morphed into a posture of trying to 'maintain' success. Trying to micromanage and 'maintain' success is exhausting and is a thief of joy and peace. This last season has been an eye opener; in the way of realizing how good God is all the time. The title of this new record is so appropriate, because I truly feel like at every turn, God continues to blow my mind and come through in ways that I never thought were possible. His goodness and blessing, even in the midst of my chaos, is so humbling. My wife and I reflect regularly on our journey, and where the Lord has brought us on this journey. It really is better than our wildest dreams."
Wildest Dreams is a collection of songs that will inspire the listener to move to a place of trust and dependence on God. In addition to honoring his mother on the album ("When We Fall Apart"), Stevenson also wrote a song for his dad, "With Your Life," where he wanted him to know that he now realizes how much his dad loved him as he reflects on his own life with two boys. There is also an impactful a song, "Through It All," that touches on secrets and how debilitating the shame and pressure of our sin can be if not brought into light. He also brings his fun-upbeat melodies to the project with the nostalgic song, "My 90s."
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Ryan Stevenson is a talented singer/songwriter from Bonanza, Oregon. Before his career in music, Ryan was a paramedic for eight years. He independently released his first album in 2007 and released three other albums since then. TobyMac helped Ryan get his start. And, in 2012, Toby recorded Ryan's song "Speak Life" and released it on his album Eye On It. Shortly after that, Ryan signed to Toby's label Gotee Records. Since then, Ryan has been releasing hit song after hit song. His new record Wildest Dreams features his new song "Amadeo (Still My God)," which has quickly become a fan favorite.
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The songs on this record clearly reflect different journeys and trials that he's been through in his life. From the personal song that he penned for his mom "When We Fall Apart," to his title track "Wildest Dreams," which is a reminder that when our plans don't go the way that we plan, God has something bigger in store for us. Something far beyond our wildest dreams. Every song on this record will encourage you during the various seasons you may go through in this life.
There's a consistent message throughout the songs on this album to keep pressing on. Life will get hard, but as Ryan sings about in his song "Through It All," God will be with us even through the hard stuff. Even when we mess up, and even when we feel like we'll never see the morning light, God will be with us. The lyrics on "Through It All" says it all: "This is not the end of the story/You're gonna see the light in the morning/you need to know you're not alone/You are never too far gone/Our God redeems/I'm living proof that He's gonna love you through it all."
Best Song on the Record
The best song on the record would have to be "Best Is Yet To Come." It's such a hope-filled song. Although we might not have all of the answers to the pain we experience on earth and we have no idea what tomorrow may bring, we do know this: the best is yet to come. God is not done with us yet. It's definitely my favorite song on this album.
I love Ryan's new record, and I'm so excited to see what God has in store for him next. Whatever you're walking through, or whatever emotions you may be facing today, there's a song on this album that will match your mood. You can listen to it this Friday on Spotify and Apple Music.