Ross King Tackles Heavy Topics with New Song 'Things That I'm Afraid Of'
Song centers on struggle with depression and anxiety and the hope found in Jesus
Posted: May 07, 2019, 5:00 PM | Category:New Releases Artist Tags: Ross King Source: Staff Reports CL / Ross King
This week singer/songwriter Ross King released his new single "Things That I'm Afraid Of." The song tackles the hard topics of anxiety and depression, and is already receiving positive feedback on social media for its authenticity and vulnerability.
"My dad died in a drowning accident a few years ago, and it sent me into a deep depression. I started trying to 'write my way through it,' but I was always nervous to really put it out there, so I would sort of 'write around it,' using cryptic language and metaphors. About a year ago I sort of rediscovered Psalm 23 and as I reacquainted myself with the Shepherd who makes us lie down (he has to make us because we don't want to) and leads us through deadly, shadowy valleys and makes meals for us in front of our enemies, I found great comfort. I wasn't magically healed or anything, but I started getting better as I leaned into Him all over again and as He made me lie down," Ross shares of the inspiration for the song.
"May 6, 2012 was the day my dad died, and that was the beginning of my depression. So I released the song on May 6, 2019 as a way of proclaiming redemption over the tragedy. I tell people that this song is the story my emotional health journey, told through the lens of Psalm 23. And I hope brings as much comfort to hear it as it did for me to write it," he concludes.
Ross King has been a full-time songwriter, worship leader, performer, and producer since 1995. His songs have been recorded over 150 times, including cuts by the Newsboys, Jason Gray, Jordan Feliz, Micah Tyler, JJ Heller, Jonny Diaz, We Are Messengers, Jimmy Needham, and many others. He has recorded several independent albums of his own music as well, building a small but loyal fanbase. He currently provides for his family by writing songs for Centricity Music, doing concerts, producing music at his recording studio, and leading worship for churches all over the country. Ross lives in the Nashville area with his wife, Staci, and their four children. You can find more info about Ross at http://www.rosskingmusic.com.