Shane and Shane on Breaking Free
Shane Everett and Shane Barnard are passionate about spreading the Gospel through their music. "When you only have a handful of minutes and words to offer someone, it becomes pretty urgent to say what impacts people the most," Barnard says. "The gospel is really all we have to say."
Over the past 15 years, the duo has influenced believers all over the globe with lyrics and music based in the Scriptures. Though they've produced over 10 albums that have sold more than 500,000 units and won three Dove awards, humility is of the utmost importance to these two guitarists—they'll be the first to say their faith is far from perfect.
"I would love to say that I'm the most spiritually disciplined person in the world, but I'm not," Barnard says. "I have a huge goal in my life to be in the Lord's presence daily, for multiple hours, hiding his word in my heart so I won't sin against him. Those days haven't really happened yet."
When they aren't traveling or spending time with their families, the duo can be found leading weekly worship and teaching songwriting classes at The Porch, a community gathering out of Watermark Community Church in their hometown of Dallas, Texas, or studying the Scriptures with their small group. Here's what Barnard had to say about the inspiration behind the duo's new album, Bring Your Nothing, and the power of music and prayer in setting us free from works-merited faith and insecurity.
What has God put on your heart to share on your latest album?
The concept of Bring Your Nothing actually came from Isaiah 55: "Come those of you who are thirsty, those of you who don't have any money, and buy wine and milk without cost. Come, those of you who don't have anything, and get everything it return." It goes on to say, "Why do you spend your money on what doesn't satisfy? Why do you spend your labor on what doesn't satisfy? Delight yourself in what does."
A lot of us grew up thinking the very opposite of the gospel, that we climb a ladder and try to do good stuff to get God to like us, and the concept of grace completely shatters that. It's exactly opposite. It's in your worst moment—not in your best moment—but in your very worst moment, that Christ died for you, loved you, and gave himself for you.
So these songs come out of your personal faith experience.
Yeah, there are tons of personal experiences in these songs. One of the songs, "Though You Slay Me," happened just recently. A great friend of mine from our small group had a staph infection that doctors no longer had a cure for. There were no antibiotics left; he had tried them all. Since the abscess was in his upper thigh, the last resort was to cut the lower half of his body off. So, we had an emergency prayer meeting. We just spent some time with him and prayed that Scripture, that God would somehow meet us in despair and cover us with a garment of praise.