Dan Ryker

Dan Ryker is a performing musician and a private music instructor.

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2 Songs in the Top 12

Here’s a photo that was taken at the ‘Song Writer’s Showcase’.

Two of my songs made it into the top 12 of the HOPE 107.9 Worship Song Contest! There were 435 entries, so I was really glad to get 2 of mine into the 2nd stage of the contest. Here are the two songs I submitted.

Dan Ryker at song writing contest

You Deserve Praise – new song

I had written this song a while back and it had this upbeat/victory feel to it. And then I had a family member enter into a pretty tough season. I was praying for her one day and God brought this song back to my mind. As I went into the studio to start worshiping with this song, it had a totally different vibe. It’s like I was able to approach the song on a more ‘real’ level. We can rise above just wallowing in pain, and choose to worship Jesus, but I feel like we need to be honest about the pain we are feeling. We don’t just flip a switch on our emotions and ‘get happy’. Sincere worship can happen while we are still feeling pain. I think the feeling that’s behind the song is a better backdrop for us to offer worship to God even in a painful season. At least it feels more ‘real’ to me. Praise God, that He can also just light us up with exuberant praise even in a tough season. But this song is worship, with a slightly more somber approach.

I hope you like it.

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