The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


From country to Christian

Musician John Tirro answers God's call

John Tirro's country hits are performed by top singers Bryan White, "So Much for Pretending," and Diamond Rio, "Imagine That." They're heard on radio stations and TV networks — including Country Music Television, Great American Country and on mainstream programs such as the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Good Morning America. With such recognition, what more could a songwriter want?

Tirro, a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Knoxville, Tenn., answers that he's heard the call to write and sing about Christ's love. And that's what he wants to do. "I'm in love with God's creative process and grateful that God is allowing me to participate," he says.

Although his success in writing country music provided a good income for his family — Misty, his wife, an English professor; and sons Andy and Trevor — Tirro says he found himself drawn to write about his faith and the need to know God. That led him to create Journey to the Jordan, a CD of Christian songs and liturgy.

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