Manitoba Christian artist releases new music after a decade

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After ten years away, Winnipeg singer-songwriter Ryan Ramsdale is thrilled to once again share new Christian folk music.

When Ramsdale started playing music in a band many years ago, he was not a Christian.

“I wanted to pursue a career in the music industry. It was a very self-serving approach,” says Ramsdale. “I wanted to be known, famous and all the destructive stuff too. I pursued it with a lot of energy.”

Then he found God and he shares that becoming a born-again Christian changed his life and his desire for music.

“You’re singing for a completely different purpose and there’s also more understanding. Like, why do I have these gifts? Why do I have a voice? It fits that missing piece of the puzzle.”

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Ramsdale released Christian music under his name in 2007 and 2011 titled We hung our harps from the willows and The eastern sky. He is also a worship leader in a church in the village of Osbourne.

“After 2011, focusing on career growth, the kids were getting older, we moved house and then came back. All that, well, music recording got pushed back. I’ve always been involved in worship at church, so I never stopped singing music and instrumentation.”

Ramsdale says the collection of songs from this new album, A poem hidden in weakness, is to finish well. It will be released on July 1.

“It represents a part of my faith that I’ve never written songs about before. About how you feel when your faith is really strained, that you think a pin drop could shatter everything This album has songs that are more expressions of pain, a lot of questioning, but it also has a sweetness to it.”

His new single, out today, is called “The Last Missing Piece”.

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