Derek Charles Johnson – Carry On CD
Physical CD copy of Carry On, the debut album by Derek Charles Johnson
The debut album for Derek Charles Johnson entitled “Carry On,” in many ways came about during his time of seeking God’s call into ministry. “I felt like I was making this 180 degree turn in my life and God was giving me these songs along the way to encourage me and help me trust in Him. It was a totally new path and one that could often feel lonely and difficult. I figured if these songs had some meaning for my journey, they might be encouraging for others as well.” Ten songs in all, Carry On takes the listener on a musical landscape and encourages worship throughout. From the album’s upbeat opener “Makes Me Wanna Sing,” to the hard-charging “Carry On” and finally to the closing ballad, “Take Me Away,” the tracks are an encouragement to those in the Christian faith. “When I started picking songs for this release, there were 10 or so that just seemed to ‘fit’ and made sense somehow. I know there was a reason for that beyond just randomly piecing an album together with songs I’ve written over the years. These songs have a lot of meaning for me and through the grace of God I’ve been given the opportunity to share them with a larger audience.”
Derek’s personal favorites from the album? “It’s hard to choose because they’ve all been through the process of just being an idea and then growing into a full-fledged song. I have to thank my producer, Tommee Profitt, for bringing these songs to life and transforming them. But some of my personal favorites are Carry On, King of Glory, and You Are Good.”
Carry On – This song just started with a guitar riff that I had been playing around with for awhile. Once the lyrics and the concept for the song emerged, it came together relatively quickly (which doesn’t always happen!). It also felt like a good title for the album…Carry On. I love the imagery of Paul in Philippians 3:14, ‘I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’ Paul’s attitude puts things into perspective for me; I can get so caught up in what this life offers and focus on my own comforts and needs.
King of Glory – In all honesty, King of Glory is just a straight-up worship song. I like it for it’s simplicity as a song that can be in a worship set and can draw people in. It’s a song that acknowledges God as King and Lord over all. He is infinite, we are finite. He is eternal, our days have a beginning and an end. For that reason, He is worthy of praise!
You Are Good – You Are Good is deeply personal for me and the journey my family and I have been on. It was one of the last songs I wrote for the album and I’m truly glad it made the cut! It really speaks of following Christ through the ups and downs and ultimately keeping our eyes fixed on Him. When it states “In the longing, I wait for You…In this in-between, I wait for You,” that’s really about Heaven. We wait in anticipation for Christ’s return…for our reunion with Him. And despite what we face in this life, the promise of Heaven far outweighs it all!
1. Makes Me Wanna Sing
2. Create in Me (Psalm 51)
3. King of Glory
4. The Solid Rock *re-imagined
5. The Way
7. Carry On
8. Sweet Surrender
9. You Are Good
10. Take Me Away
Produced by Tommee Proffitt