BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#180 - "Your Love" by Brandon Heath
Brandon Heath shares the personal connection to his latest single with NRT's Kevin Davis.
 


It's safe to say Brandon Heath is doing something right.

Christian music’s back-to-back Male Vocalist of the Year garnered his fourth career radio No. 1 single last year with “Love Never Fails.” Topping Billboard’s Christian Adult Contemporary indicator chart, “Love Never Fails” was the third single released from Heath’s Grammy-nominated sophomore album What If We, which followed the blockbuster, Dove Award Song of the Year “Give Me Your Eyes” and hit song “Wait And See.” Heath first landed atop AC radio in 2007 with “I’m Not Who I Was” from his debut album Don’t Get Comfortable.

Like his previous breakout songs, Heath’s current hit “Your Love”--from his highly anticipated new album Leaving Eden--shares truly personal lyrics with listeners, yet proves to be extremely relatable to the masses. Heath teams again with acclaimed co-writing partner Jason Ingram on four new songs, including the hit single, “Your Love.” It was the first song written for the new album following Heath and Ingram’s previous No.1 radio hit collaboration, “Give Me Your Eyes.”

Thematically, the project’s opener and title track speaks to a new awareness in Heath’s life that the problems of the world exist partly because of the knowledge of good and evil. But despite innocence being chipped away, Heath believes the world can be changed, even if it’s just one decision at a time.

“The album starts with the title track ‘Leaving Eden,’ stating the obvious pain in the world by just reading the headlines, but turns towards reconciliation despite the hate and frightening things that happen in life,” Heath explains. “I want to celebrate the goodness in the world, and that’s what the rest of the songs on the project talk about. I feel like I have a choice to protect what little innocence is still left in my life, because I think that’s what attaches me to God. It doesn’t mean other things can’t be healed, but why do I have to feel like I’m completely ruined when I’m not?”

I had the opportunity to speak with Brandon about “Your Love.” You can listen to our entire interview here.


What's the message behind "Your Love"?

This was the first song I wrote for the new album, and once again I co-wrote with Jason Ingram. We both felt a lot of pressure because of the success of our last collaboration, “Give Me Your Eyes.” Jason suggested that we pray and let God guide us in our songwriting, and the result was we decided to keep it simple.

I was thinking about this guy I know who likes to climb mountains who had climbed Mount Everest. Not that mountain climbing isn’t spiritual. There are great parallels to climbing a mountain and reaching for God. This guy wasn’t a believer and clearly he wasn’t finding what he was looking for after everything he had accomplished, and I told him I think you’re trying to reach God.

Maybe that concept has been addressed before, but I was thinking about how you don’t have to climb a mountain to find God. That’s what I was thinking about when I wrote the verse. Jason wrote the chorus and I’m more of a verse guy. I like taking a side door and I was saying that it doesn’t matter what you achieve in life. If you don’t know the love of God, then you don’t really know true peace.

Do you have a life verse or any Bible verses you used in writing the song?

My life verse, which really fits with the message of this song, is 1 John 4:7: "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."

What's the take-away message for listeners regarding the song?

I found that verse (1 John 4:7) one day at a YMCA written on a board. I took it home and I studied that verse. I had trouble believing that God is love due to my sinful tendencies. Fathers correct their children, but they want what’s best for them. God is a loving father, and He’s going to forgive me because he loves me so much. There’s a line in the second verse that says, “not everything is lost.” The theme of the new album is about the loss of innocence. There are things in our hearts that are still intact. There is a childlike faith inside of us that God urges us to keep. I want to protect what’s still untainted and still pure. That’s the evidence of my innocence and keeps me as a child of God. The fall in the Garden of Eden was to want to know everything. Today, the Internet is a portal that can be used to know evil. I want to let God let me know his plans for me, and not think that I have the answers.


Here are the lyrics:

I felt it first when I was younger
A strange connection to the lie
I tried to satisfy the hunger
I never got it right
I never got it right

So I climbed a mountain and I built an altar
Looked out as far as I could see
And everyday I’m getting older
I’m running outta dreams
I’m running outta dreams

But Your love
Your love
The only thing that matters is Your love
Your love is all I have to give
Your love is enough to light up the darkness
It’s Your love
Your love
all I ever needed is Your love

You know the effort I have given
And you know exactly what it cost
And though my innocence was taken
Not everything is lost
Not everything is lost

But Your love
Your love
The only thing that matters is Your love
Your love is all I have to give
Your love is enough to light up the darkness
It’s Your love
Your love
all I ever needed is Your love

You’re the hope in the morning
You’re the light when the night is falling
You’re the song when my heart is singing
it’s Your love

You’re the eyes to the blind man
You’re the feet to the lame men walking
You’re the sound of the people singing
It’s Your love

But Your love
Your love
The only thing that matters is Your love
Your love is all I have to give
Your love is enough to light up the darkness
It’s Your love
Your love
all I ever needed is Your love

But Your love
(Your love is all that I needed)
The only thing that matters is Your love
Your love is all I have to give
Your love is enough to light up the darkness
(Your love is all that I needed)

It’s Your love
Your love
It’s all I ever needed


From Marianne May Thompson's IVP New Testament Commentary 1-3 John (1): "Because God is love, love comes from God. God is the source of love. Like the electricity running through electrical wires, love comes from God to us, then flows through us to others. When John exhorts his readers "let us love one another" in 1 John 4:7, he is encouraging them to allow God's love to flow through them. Because God is love, love must characterize those who claim to be born of God or to know God. Those who claim to be doing the will of God and reflecting God's activity in the world will be known by the love they manifest for God and for each other."

“Your Love” is the first single and has “song of the year” written all over it. Musically, the song features that “Give Me Your Eyes” hook-filled musical vibe, comparable to OneRepublic and The Afters. Clearly good things happen when Brandon and Jason co-write songs, and that is evidenced throughout Leaving Eden--Brandon’s best album, in my opinion.

The chorus is a wonderful declaration of faith: “The only thing that matters is Your love, Your love is all I have to give. Your love is enough to light up the darkness, it’s Your love, Your love, all I ever needed is Your love.” The album’s’ theme is cohesive and the concept that we’ve left Eden is a great reminder of why we need our Savior, Jesus. His Holy Spirit dwells in us as believers, and God wants us back with Him, but as long as we’re here, the album challenges us to ask ourselves how well we are loving God and others.

(1) Taken from IVP New Testament Commentary: 1-3 John by Marianne Meye Thompson. Copyright(c) 1992 Marianne Meye Thompson. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515. www.ivpress.com.

Here’s a video of Brandon singing “Your Love.”

Kevin Davis is a long time fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. Kevin also writes reviews for ChristianMusicReview.org. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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