The Georgia-born performer celebrated his most successful
album to date, 2002's Myself When I Am Real. The album topped Billboard's
Heatseekers chart and yielded back-to-back Top 5 radio hits with "Great
Light of the World" and "Falling Down."
Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Bebo Norman built
up a grass-roots following through several years of touring in the mid-'90s,
which helped promote sales of his self-released album The Fabric of
Both Bebo's parents were Christians, but they also allowed
us room to make our mistakes. While we always knew where
they were very consistent in love. Our relationships developed to the
point that my parents became dear friends of mine. I have seen both
my parents develop ministries out of friendships they have had with
people, and I've seen that affect lives. That is how I hope to live.
The work I did
with an organization called Young Life also influenced
me because they place an emphasis on relational ministry. If we are
pursuing God, then we can pursue what we are passionate about knowing
that His desires have become ours. Then, everything that happens around
us is a kind of ministry.
Bebo was asked once "What part of God's power inspires
you the most?" Bebo Norman says: "I would say the power to
forgive. Not the need to, but the willingness to do so."
Amazingly, Bebo's realness hasn't been altered by the
success of his six-year career as a singer/songwriter.
Bebo likewise joined the elite group of Dove Award winners
thanks to his City on a Hill - Sing Alleluia hit "Holy Is Your Name."
As the momentum mounted, he joined national headlining tours, hopped
the pond for European dates, and graced the covers of CCM and Premier
magazines. He even landed a coveted slot on the Imagine Tour with MercyMe
and Amy Grant.
Norman was eventually signed to the Watershed subsidiary
of Essential Records, where he released his official debut album, Ten
Thousand Days, in 1999.
Bebo sculpted his newest songs into self-revealing works
of art, focusing more than ever on letting them be a mirror into himself.
He also commissioned Malone to paint his album cover, a piece woven
with textures and a lived-in feel, capturing the essence of Bebo and
With songs that confide his most intimate thoughts on
God, faith, and longing, it's appropriate that the project was created
in the places Bebo feels the most at home.
The most articulate expression of Bebo's relationship
with God is found on the album's stand-out radio single, "Great Light
Of The World." Bebo premiered the stirring anthem nightly for thousands
of fans during the Spring 2002 Come Together tour with Third Day. As
bold and breathtaking as this song is, its timeless, hymn-like lyrics
emerged from a quiet moment alone with God.
Big Blue Sky stretched me in healthy ways that were outside
my limits, but now I've sprung back and landed in a place where I feel
like an adult as a songwriter.
He's been featured on the covers of CCM, Release, Christian
Single, and Premier magazines. His previous two national releases have
seen critical acclaim, with Big Blue Sky named the No.1 Christian CD
of 2001 by Amazon.com.
With fresh confidence, Bebo elevates his voice to new
heights with Try. "Try" and "Standing in Your Silence" ponder how unconditional
love inspires people to return to grace, while "Nothing Without You"
considers the importance of God's central role in our lives.
Norman says, "I've never been as excited about one
of my records as I am about Try, and the reason is simple - I think
I've rediscovered the joy of songwriting with this new project. The
songs are very simple, very straightforward, and more than ever, at
the heart of where God has me right this minute in this life that I
feel so blessed to live."
The new album also establishes a career first, as Bebo
enlisted outside songwriters to help push his creativity without forfeiting
his signature style. Equally significant, Bebo recorded Try with prominent
producers Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay) and Matt Bronleewe (Michael W. Smith,
Natalie Imbruglia). Overall, the new alliances helped Bebo capture the
simple beauty that resides in each song.
Bebo strikes a balance with Try as the songs blend a pure
organic energy with approachable pop hooks. Examples include the stripped-down
"Finding You," the piano-and-strings filled "Drifting," and the serenely
poetic "Soldier." Each song highlights Bebo's thoughtful lyrics and
knowable voice, yet the singer reveals himself best in "Disappear."
Inspired by a time of "getting away and quietly reevaluating who I am,"
the song reflects a personal experience that shapes the whole disc.
With so much continued success, Bebo had found little
time to root himself in deeper relationships. Sensing the deficiency,
Bebo "disappeared" into a quiet time of personal evaluation and emerged
seeking relationships of depth. With new priorities the singer found
fresh inspiration that overflowed into every area of his life. This
growth opened the door, when he found the woman destined to be his better
half, Bebo was asked what is your favorite song on your new CD. He answered
"I really love the song 'Try,' the title track, it's written about my
wife, which makes me happy. The song I really enjoy the most is a song
called, 'Nothing Without You', just because it was written early one
morning in my living room as a prayer and it still speaks to me right
now. I love it."
In an few different interview's Bebo was was asked some
great question, Bebo was asked what are the things that you value the
most? He's reply was I can say the things that I value the most are
things at home. Although I love, love, love traveling and playing music,
the real gift is the people around me. I call them my handful because
we are given the three or four people in our life that really know us
and it's taken me a long time to realize that the heart of life is really
lived through those relationships.
Bebo, how would you describe the recent trends in the
overall heart of Christian music over the last few years? There's a
move towards worship, and worshipping is always a good thing. But I
would say that we have to be careful not to reduce worship to just a
song and emotions. Then he was asked what bible character inspires you
the most? Bebo says Apart from Jesus, I'd probably say somebody like
Mary Magdalene just because I think she's an example of how Jesus reaches
us no matter what our own personal struggles are.