"It all comes back to the cross. Does God really care? Can He possibly understand my pain, my hurt? Am I truly forgiven? When nothing else in our lives makes sense, it?s at the cross that we find perspective."
-- Scott Riggan
For Scott Riggan, the past year has been all about finding perspective.
After several years of fronting a hard working Christian band, Scott found himself at a career crossroads. Deciding the time had come for a sabbatical, he disbanded the group and began working with a hunger relief organization.
?The decision to disband was really hard,? explains Scott. ?I had poured my heart into that ministry, and God had really blessed our work. But I was spent, and my family needed me home.?
Scott spent a rewarding year working on behalf of the poor and hungry, and being off the road meant enjoying deeper fellowship with his church family. Still, it wasn?t long before he began to feel the itch to return to music ministry ? but this time with a renewed perspective.
All I Know ? Scott?s debut solo CD ? was released in August 2002 on Spinning Plates Records. ?I?m excited about the direction this project is taking,? says Scott, ?and it?s the kind of music I love ? acoustic pop with lyrics that dig deeper.?
The 12 songs range from the joyous praise of Like Incense and I Love You Lord to the thoughtful Heal Me. Forgiveness takes its cue from Romans 2:4, asserting that it is God?s kindness that motivates our love for Him. Songs like Answers Don?t Come Easy and I Thought I Knew You wrestle with why God allows us to go through hard times.
?With these songs, I?m raising some questions that no one really has answers for in this life. I feel a lot like the psalmist who at times fears God has deserted him, but takes courage from remembering His past faithfulness.?
The theme of God?s faithfulness is woven throughout the record in the songs Never, All I Know Of Love and especially in Remember, a meditation on the Lord?s Supper. ?It all comes back to the cross. Does God really care? Can He possibly understand my pain, my hurt? Am I truly forgiven? When nothing else in our lives makes sense, it?s at the cross that we find perspective.?
With this new CD, Scott is building on the ministry of his former band, the nobodys. A well-loved independent act, the nobodys? ministry took them from coast to coast, performing around 150 shows each year.
Scott?s songwriting with the band was met with considerable praise; Talk About Love was named ?Song of ?97? in the Gospel Music Association Academy?s regional songwriting competition, and it took runner up nationwide with stiff competition from writers like Andrew Peterson and Nicole Nordeman.
The nobodys? music even found an audience in Christian radio. Even If was a nationwide Top-40 AC chart smash, and the songs Ordinary Day, Start A Fire and Talk About Love all received strong airplay around the country.
By the time they disbanded in 2001, the nobodys had shared the stage with such notable artists as The Waiting, Smalltown Poets, Newsong, Clay Crosse, Sierra, Grover Levy, Big Tent Revival, Jeni Varnadeau, Considering Lily, Mukala, AllTogetherSeparate and many others. They earned a sizable following and even received a Dove Award nomination (for the Mindy?s Revenge compilation on Word Records). For song clips and more information on the nobodys, visit www.thenobodys.com.
Today, Scott is gearing up for a busy performance schedule, all the while adjusting to a new baby in the house (Josiah David, who joins Scott and Julie and four-year old Emily). Scott is also writing his first book, which will serve as a companion to the All I Know CD.
?I am so humbled by the ways that God has used my music in the past,? adds Scott, ?and it is my prayer that this new ministry will glorify Him and to strengthen His people.?