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Ricky Skaggs and Gordon Kennedy Perform and Speak on Music and Faith

At a Chapel event co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, Ricky Skaggs, who has garnered 14 GRAMMY® Awards, 12 No. 1 hits, eight CMAs, eight ACMs and Belmont’s Applause Award, and Belmont alumnus and world-renowned guitarist Gordon Kennedy, Songwriting Program teacher and multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner, performed Wednesday morning, September 2. The two sang three songs and talked about their journey through the music industry and their Christian faith.

Opening with a song from the 2010 album, “Mosaic,” Skaggs emphasized the importance of diving into God’s word to hear his voice. “He is living in us, and that blows my mind. I don’t understand everything about God, but I trust him,” he said. “I don’t believe He has ever lost a battle. If we get on His side, we will always win.”

Next, the pair played “Can’t Shake Jesus,” another “Mosaic” song. Skaggs said that another way to hear God is through prayer. “We were meant to pray. We were born to pray. We were saved to pray. We pray not to change His mind, but to change our heart,” he said.

Skaggs and Kennedy 2Kennedy added that he understands the frustration college students face with not having everything planned out in their life. “God doesn’t want us to know each step. The ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ prayer never mentions tuition or starting a 401k. Ask God simply, ‘What is the next step?’ And ask for His help with that,” he said.

Concluding with the album’s last song, “Return to Sender,” the duo emphasized the importance of a relationship with Christ, rather than simply following a religion. “A relationship is His desire to get to us. He wants us to wake up, to talk to Him, love Him, praise Him, share with Him and tell others about Him. Loving Him and loving others should be our default setting,” said Skaggs.