Even if you haven’t heard Room to Breathe, its still likely you’ve heard Andy Gullahorn. He’s what I’d call a heavy lifter by trade. He writes lyrics, plays guitar, arranges vocals and adds production help to the work of artists like Jill Phillips and Andrew Peterson.
I call him a heavy lifter because he’s often in the fray taking what might be a decent song and making it a great song. Far from flashy, Andy’s steady and artful hand seems to consistently find what fits a song well, and the result is that he crafts structure that holds a song in place. Heavy lifting.
Finding a talent like this is rare enough, and Andy, on his website, says he’s happy in the supporting role.
Fortunately, he comes out of that role to offer Room to Breathe, a strong collection of acoustic driven songs. As I listened, three things became evident about Andy’s writing. One, he can be very funny. Two, he can be very serious. Three, he can be both at the same time. It’s no wonder he’s called upon to do some heavy lifting for others, because he’s at home with sober ideas and at ease with levity and finds no contradiction with them existing side by side, and that takes skill.
Pick up Andy’s record here in the Rabbit Room, or visit his website.
Russ Ramsey is the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church Cool Springs in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and four children. He grew up in the fields of Indiana and studied at Taylor University and Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv, ThM). Russ is the author of the Retelling the Story Series (IVP, 2018) and Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (IVP, 2017).