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December 21, 2012

Giving back God's gift of music

Avon teen finds calling early

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"All who were in attendance could feel the impact and healing power of the song," said Scott, adding that he's seen similar feedback on Godsey's music through social media. "The teens can especially relate to Garrett, because he has gone, and is going through, some of the same range of emotions they are going through."

By this point, Godsey was getting attention outside of local circles. He met a producer who wanted to record him. Godsey made professional versions of "Digital Demon" and "Hope Hold On," plus a new song. He wasn't entirely satisfied with the experience though.

"It wasn't the image I was trying to go for," Godsey said. "I want to be known as a Christian artist. One song was written about a girl, the other two were about sexting."

He vowed to double down on writing more spiritual fare. Godsey has always considered himself religious, though admits, "There was a period in my life when I was confused. I didn't know if God was real."

He credits Drew Hildenbrand, the student ministries pastor at Brownsburg's Church at Main where Godsey is a member, for helping to bring him closer to God. Hildenbrand, however, considers his influence to be negligible. He remembers Godsey struggling with whether to pursue music professionally, and if it should be to serve God or his own interests.

"It's like with anyone - the longer you listen to somebody, the more they'll tell you where they're at," Hildenbrand remembered of their conversation. "It was really just a matter of letting him talk his way through what he was most afraid of and what he was most encouraged by."

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