The following is the text of an article about me in the April 18, 2015 issue of The Jackson Sun:
"Art Wheeler always tries to find an interesting perspective for the songs he writes. A member of Grace United Methodist Church, he writes, performs and records both religious and non-religious songs.
"As far as religious music ... I try to take familiar stories from the Bible and do a little different perspective on some of those stories," Wheeler said.
He said he often takes the perspective of a member of the crowd who just happened to be there. His song "Water to Wine" tells the story of someone following Jesus around and witnessing miracles. His song about the book of Job tells the story from the perspective of the devil.
When was the last time have you heard Genesis 1 and the book of Revelation being told in songs? God has gifted singer-songwriter Art Wheeler the unique gift of taking stories, some from Scripture and some of his own creation, and setting them into music. Art has just released his album of story songs last year entitled "6 Minutes After 7." This year, he has just released a brand new single "Creation." We are honored to be able to catch up with Art for this exclusive Hallels' interview:
Hallels: Thanks Art for your time. For readers who may not be familiar, how would you describe your music?
Thanks for the opportunity to talk about my music. First, my music has Christian themes. As far as style, it is hard to put it in one category. The majority if it has more in common with the country rock of the early 1970's but it also has a strong folk influence. I try to maintain a humorous tone to my music whenever it is appropriate.
Many societies have survived without gas, electricity, literacy and modern technology, but no society has ever existed without stories. Integral to our human ontology is the need for stories. It is often a challenge for us to learn from the abstract but truth comes alive when it is donned in narratives. Stories have a way of putting flesh to didactic lessons when they are acted out in life situations. Further, stories help register life-lessons not only cognitively for us but they create indelible images in our hearts. This is why 77 per cent of the Bible is narratives and Jesus himself is the quintessential storyteller par excellence. God knows we are story-telling creatures. So, something is amiss if our songs of worship are scanty of any narrative elements. In a genre where we have relatively few story songs, Art Wheeler's "Six Minutes After Seven" feeds a lacuna. Wheeler joins the lofty heights of Christian story-telling artists such Michael Card, Carman and David Phelps in reviving great story songs. Nevertheless, for those of us who are not familiar with Wheeler, a word of introduction is in order. Hailing from Jackson, Tennessee, Wheeler has been involved in music all of his life. Perhaps what is most impressive about Wheeler is that he not only writes his own music from bar one but he plays all the instruments on record. However, for the major portion of his life he had been writing novelty songs many comic in nature. It's only after 1998 after the birth of his third child, Wheeler decided to write more his faith and Bible-based songs.
Singer, Songwriter, Entertainer, Storyteller