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How Todd became a mainstream christian artist!
As a result of the not-so-gentle prods from a friend, Todd reached out to Ardent Records’ Dana Key about using Ardent Studios in Memphis, where Todd had relocated, to work on a record. The longtime Christian music veteran gave Todd more advice than he had expected. “When I started it, I went to Dana because I knew him from an earlier project. He talked to me about the business and everything, and I had to interrupt him, saying ‘Look, I’m not coming to ask to be on your label, I just want to use your studio.”
“Walking by where Todd was recording, I found myself stopping and listening to his music,” said Dana. “It wasn’t long before I wanted to get involved. Similarly, whenever I play some of Todd’s music for people, it has the same effect of stopping them in their tracks. His music is definitely not background material – it’s music that demands attention.”
Todd was born in Dallas Texas to a Native American Mother. He was adopted at birth by a white couple, legally, so he grew up in Dallas Texas. So Agnew began traveling to Memphis to help with a city wide Bible study for college students and singles called Metro Bible study in the fall of 1999 at Germantown Baptist Church. During this time he began writing and introducing songs to the group which later became the songs on the record “Grace Like Rain.” He eventually moved to Memphis to help plant a church, which developed through the Metro event called Highpoint Church. After a number of years touring out of Memphis, Agnew moved back to Texas after marrying his longtime girlfriend Jenny in the spring of 2008, whom he proposed to September 18, 2007 at the final concert of his Better Questions Tour in Memphis, Tennessee. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two children. Coming up now is the song Family from Todd’s album, Better Questions.
An article released on 15th July 2009 reads, “Inspired by recent life changes and learning experiences, Todd Agnew will release his fifth studio project Need Oct. 6 on Ardent/INO Records.”The article goes on to say : “Speaking into the title “Need”, Agnew says, “Once we finished recording this record, I looked back at it trying to find the theme running throughout. I started to realize how much of this project is about need. My need to be loved. My need for answers. My need for assurance. Our need to worship. Our need to be rescued, redeemed, restored. I noticed that God has been teaching me all year that all of my needs are met in Jesus.”
The following paragraph about Todd Agnew is from christianmusic.about.com
“From the first time you meet Todd Agnew, you’ll realize that he’s a T-shirt and jeans kind of guy – no bells, no whistles, no trying to be something that he’s not. He’s humble and he doesn’t make any bones about why he sings and writes music … for Jesus.Todd’s adoption, as well as his obvious American Indian heritage, has been well documented. He grew up in a Christian home with parents who supported his desire to share God through music.Todd didn’t set out to be a “star.” In fact, his signing with Ardent didn’t come the “normal” way. He just wanted to use their studio but Dana Key had other plans after hearing Todd’s voice. “Walking by where Todd was recording, I found myself stopping and listening to his music,” said Dana in Todd’s official bio. “It wasn’t long before I wanted to get involved. Similarly, whenever I play some of Todd’s music for people, it has the same effect of stopping them in their tracks. His music is definitely not background material-it’s music that demands attention.”Four albums later, Todd hasn’t changed. He’s still wearing t-shirts and jeans while avoiding shoes whenever possible and he’s still in it for one reason … Jesus.”
Todd Agnew is a five-time Dove Award nominee, garnering numerous top ranked radio singles including two No. 1 hits, “Grace Like Rain” and “This Fragile Breath (The Thunder Song).” Agnew continues to perform over 150 dates per year and has currently sold over 500,000 units. His most recent release Better Questions entered Billboard’s Christian Retail Chart at No. 1.