Behind The music
Real Life -
“Real Life” is one of Brayton’s first songs as an artist. The song tells the story of Brayton’s days in high school along with his love for music. God was moving Brayton in a specific direction during this stage of his life. Many of his worldly pursuits were not measuring up because something was truly missing in his life. This song is relatable for many teens because of the strong undercurrent they face towards temptation on a daily basis, instead of staying true to God and your own calling that He has for you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
End Up to Be-
We all ask the question “what is next after this life” and “where will we end up to be”? We get so caught up in the fast pace of life that we do not stop to enjoy everything God has created and the many blessings He gives us each day. We also miss what God has planned and what He offers in the next life. Brayton’s song walks through the story of Dave’s life, and concludes with a message that focuses on Jesus. When we have Christ in our heart and live for Him, we have assurance when the question arises of, “Where will end up to be”?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
The idea of the song “Hopeless” was inspired by a Nebraska prison that Brayton had visited. While visiting, he heard the story of a man who was horribly abused as a child. The abuse was so horrible the child tried running away at a very young age. The abuse was so severe, his feet were nailed to the floor of his own home. Eventually he escaped from the family but landed on the streets and, unfortunately, turned to crime which ended in him being in prison. Brayton’s prayer is the man eventually finds Jesus and His Word. In the song “Hopeless”, Brayton brings the story of this man to life through a character with the name of Jake. The message is, no matter what happens in life, there is always hope and a way to find victory in Jesus Christ. The word Hope in the Bible means a confident expectation of what God has promised.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will not run, grow weary, they will walk and not faint.
“Intro” is the introduction to Brayton’s new album Stories. The quick paced rap story begins with Brayton writing his new album and some of the challenges he had experienced, along with how he has moved through those days. This song is also about how Brayton pursues Christian Hip Hop and the spiritual battle he and everyone else faces while trying to do something of that strength. Brayton’s message is look to God when we are lost and turn to Him. Give him your dreams, your burdens and lean on Jesus in this life.
Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
The song “Easy” is a reflection of how we are all in a spiritual battle. Like many of us, these battles are frustrating. Humans are born into original sin, which means our hearts are not pure. Brayton’s lyrics give bold direction which clearly depict that Jesus is the way out. The song brings in Brayton’s own battles with the judgment and fears of being a Christian artist. He explains how warped his image can look through the public eye. This battle is intertwined along with a clear solution that we can lean into jesus during these times of attacks. Focus on pleasing the Lord rather than man.
Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
In My Soul -
As an artist Brayton aspires to be his best, he strives towards the goals that are aligned with God’s will. “In My Soul” brings in the truth of what our minds encounter when we establish these types of goals. We battle with doubt, worry, and anxiety for future plans. While these negatives sometimes seep into our lives. Through “In My Soul” Brayton describes an immediate way out. Connecting with Jesus in prayer. As these moments come and go, we focus on Christ as the answer. Knowing He will make our paths straight when we put our trust in Him.
Ephesians 3:16 I pray that out of His glorious riches he may strengthen you with power, through his Spirit in your inner being.
Seek Shelter -
We all need a savior-but we all must seek Him out and look for His refuge. In the song “Seek Shelter”, Brayton explains some of his struggles throughout his life and how he pursued seeking that shelter in God. God left very tangible help and instruction in His Word. As the song concludes, Brayton reminds us that even in times where it may feel like God isn’t there, even if we are searching, God never leaves us. Though our faith may waiver, God stands strong, even though the world we live in continues to fade.
Psalm18:2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock in whom I take refuge. My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
So many times when we encounter difficulty in life we try to solve the problem ourselves rather than going directly to God in prayer. In the song, “Praying”, Brayton shares moments of frustration in the hopes of reminding us that God is always there to listen. We need to lean into Him in prayer for our future, for thanksgiving, and praying for our enemies.
Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Explain this -
So many times in life we question why things happen. In “Explain this”, Brayton shares some of those questions that have ran across his mind as he moved through the journey of his life. So many times we get hung up on these questions and do not know where to turn, but that is where our faith begins. As the song concludes, Brayton shares insight that helps us with these questions. He starts with opening up his Bible. So many of our answers are right there. He then moves into trust and explains how we must have faith and trust when these questions arise. God is in control. When we all have a decision to make, our conscious choice has to be to follow Christ even when we are faced with these questions.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts , neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord, For as the heavens are higher than earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than our thoughts.
Don’t be Afraid -
Fear is the opposite of faith. In the song, “Don’t be Afraid”, Brayton shares the story of a friend. Trapped in fear and anxiety. While we can lean on others, we are never enough to fulfill the needs of others. God must be the priority in life. We must move forward with Him and live in His ways. Brayton explains how God will move us through these times and shares his own personal struggles with anxiety. This high energy hip hop song brings the message that God is the way out and that He has always been there. We need to take captive our thoughts and live for Him.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
In this bold hip hop piece, Brayton tells one message, we all need God because He is the only true higher power in life. So many individuals are spiritually blind that they feel like they are in control and there is not a need for God in their life. They also may not want to take the time to acknowledge Him. Brayton chorus explains something simple, praise God, trust God, love God, pray to God, worship God. We all have a choice and our destination will depend on it.
James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
“Fight” was inspired by a friend of Brayton’s. A young man from northern Wisconsin by the name of Preston messaged Brayton one day. He shared his story of family trouble that resulted in thoughts of suicide with Brayton. Despite the trials the Preston experience, God showed him the light through a simple prayer. That he needed to fight in this spiritual battle and give these problems to God. Brayton, along with featured artist Johnny Stoll, share the story of Preston, and provide a message of hope for anyone who struggles with depression and thoughts of suicide. There is an answer; Fight, and seek the Lord Jesus.
Ephesians 6:12-13 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
“Young” was inspired by many of Brayton’s friends. It talks about the joys of friendship, how time goes by quickly, and we must not take those moments for granted. Be thankful for each one. The song also emphasizes the importance of friendship and withholding Christian community. Leaning on the Lord first and then standing by your brother in Christ as you move though life sets you up for success.
James 4:14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
“Stories” is Brayton’s closing song for the album. All of Brayton’s song encompass stories and how we can trust in God as He moves us through these circumstances. He emphasizes the importance of following what God is calling you to do in your story, instead of what someone is planning for you. Trust in the Lord and dream big. Wake up each day and live your story. With God directing you, the pressure is off as He will make your paths straight.
Luke 18:1 Jesus told the story to teach them that they should keep on talking with God and not give up.