NoiseTrade was able to talk to Erik Nieder, a singer/songwriter from Texas, about his newest album and his path with God. Not only is Nieder a singer/songwriter, he is also a worship leader at Watermark Community Church and his song “Made” was the theme song for Pine Cove Christian Camps in Tyler, Texas in 2014. Make sure to read our interview to cialis generic learn more about his path with God and experiences working in the ministry of his church.
NoiseTrade: In your bio you state that music isn’t what excites you, it’s the relationship with the music that fuels you. Can you explain for us that relationship and how God plays a role in it for you?
Erik Nieder: All of life comes down to relationships. When it comes to great art, and specifically great songwriting, I believe this is no different. The music is a tool, fostering a relationship with the listener, and ultimately, a relationship with the Lord. I’m a firm believer that the power of
an effective melody, coupled with the truth of the Gospel, is a force that can be used to change the world. So when I say what excites me most is the relationship that the music brings; what I
love is how music creates relationships. Be it the relationship between the songwriter and listener, relationships buy generic cialis online uk amongst a community of like-minded believers, or our individual relationship with the Lord. Music is a powerful tool, it is a gift that inevitably unites and draws people closer together. That’s what I love.
NT: You were a worship leader at Texas A&M Baptist Student Ministry and now are a worship leader at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. What made you decide that being a worship leader was what you wanted to do?
Nieder: It was during my many summers leading worship at Pine Cove Christian Camps that buy viagra online in australia the Lord fueled my heart for using music as a ministry. For multiple years I had the privilege of leading students and adults in worship at Pine Cove. It was incredible to lead songs based in scripture, and to see the Lord use the music as a means to transform hearts and draw people closer to Him. It was also at Pine Cove that the Lord began to use songs that I had written to challenge and encourage others’ hearts. It was then at camp that I knew the ministry of songwriting and worship leading was what I was called to do.
NT: Your song “Made” was written for Pine Cove Christian Camps in Tyler, Texas as the theme song for their youth bible study. Can you explain the story behind that song and how the youth was impacted by it?
Nieder: My good buddy and Pine Cove director, Andrew Bacon, wrote this incredible Bible study in which he shared the story of God, man, the fall, and redemption all centered around the word made. It was an ingenious idea — God made the Heavens and the earth, man was made in His image, man made a mess, God made a way through the Cross, and we are made to worship Him. Andrew graciously reached out to me and asked if I’d be willing to try my hand at writing a song to go along with the study. I was thrilled. 2 Corinthians 5:17 declares that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Those of us who are in Christ are made new. And it was a joy getting to write and sing this recreational viagra truth with the campers at Pine Cove. I pray it encouraged their hearts as much as it did mine.
NT: Your newest album “Valley of the Shadow” was released on September 1. Was there any overall theme of the album for you?
Nieder: The album title “Valley of the Shadow” alludes to a lyric that appears on the opening and closing tracks of the record — “In the valley of the shadow of the cross you’ll find, a little brokenness bids you come alive.” In my 26 years, I’ve repeatedly come to find that the Lord’s greatest cheap cialis canada pharmacy beauty is often found in the depths of my deepest brokenness. It is when my life is fully surrendered to Him that I begin to experience true freedom. After all, that is the essence of the Cross. Jesus gave up his life, in the greatest form of sacrifice and surrender, so that we may in turn have life everlasting. It is when we come to the end of ourselves that our lives can be found in Christ. And that’s
when we begin to truly live. That’s what “Valley of the Shadow” is really all about. In the brokenness, the trials, the valleys, we turn to Him. And in knowing Him, He bids us come alive.
NT: Can you tell us a little bit about your journey with God and when you knew that you wanted to write music for and a bout him?
Nieder: I was fortunate to come to know the Lord at a young age. I was only five years old, but I can say with confidence I understood the essence of the Gospel — I knew that my sinful heart separated me from a perfect God. But Ephesians 2 says “because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in
mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.” It was then, as a little boy, that I began to understand that God loves me. And that He loves me so much, He sent his son to die in my place… I wrote my first song when I was thirteen years old. And as long as I can remember, it’s like my relationship with the Lord and my songwriting kind of went hand in hand. Songwriting became my time with the Lord all through high school and college. I’d escape in my room for hours and write songs. It’s crazy to look back now in my mid-twenties and see how the Lord continues to use that gift as a means to minister to and encourage hearts, the first of which being my own.