Pain and suffering, the reality of sin and death, the hardness of the human heart, healing and redemption, truth and love, the power of grace; these are the themes that define great art. With his first release, titled “The Entrance”, Contemporary Christian artist Steven Joubert put forth his best effort to write music that is centralized around these themes. “I wanted to write music that had an ability to capture a lot of real-life experiences with few words and in a short amount of time,” said Steven about the new release.
Though this five-song EP is his first release as a solo-artist, Steven is no stranger to the music industry. Starting a band in South Louisiana called Ayleron in 2007, Steven has been writing songs, touring, releasing albums, and leading worship for retreats and conferences, for almost 8 years with audiences as large as 3,000 people at a time. During those eight years Steven has shared the stage with contemporary Christian artists like Matt Maher, Josh Blakesley, Sarah Kroger, and Steve Angrisano, among many others. “I started playing music with the intention of writing music that was positive and purely rock. However, over the years, I felt led to do something a bit deeper; something that would force me to be more vulnerable,” said Steven recalling his own history. “It is that vulnerability that I think has formed me as a person. Traveling provides an outlet to meet many people with so many different backgrounds and beliefs, but when you can be vulnerable about those things with a complete stranger, the defense mechanisms start to break down and we finally start to actually encounter each other as people and not something less than.”
“The Entrance” is all about the encounter: one’s encounter with himself, his Creator, and the world around him. With anthemic refrains and group vocals to rally around in songs like “Strong” and “Open up”, then contrasting with timeless, hymnal style verses in “Daisies”, this EP offers a taste of the musical landscapes Steven Joubert felt compelled to explore. “Each song carries a life of its own. The goal was to allow every song to breathe and feel the way it should without being stifled by any preconceived notions for a certain ‘sound.’”