Singer/songwriter Aaron Shust has a way of encouraging listeners with his exceptional songwriting and heart for music. The Pittsburg native who grew up attending church, began playing piano at the young age of seven. In his teen years Aaron learned guitar, and before he left for college he began songwriting. During his time at Toccoa Falls College, the singer continued to perfect his craft by studying music theory. 

While working as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Duluth, Georgia, the classically trained singer began writing songs and recorded his first independent album in 2004 titled, Anything Worth Saying, featuring the song, “My Savior My God.”

“I feel closest to God whenever I’m leading people in worship,” says Aaron. “When I can step away from the microphone and it appears that a sea of people are singing to God from the bottom of their hearts and the top of their lungs, that’s where I feel God’s pleasure. I absolutely love that. I think the majority of the songs have moments of introspection, moments of real honesty that confess, I don’t have what it takes. I’m empty. But I’m running to the God that has it all.”

Following the success of Anything Worth Saying, Aaron released Whispered and Shouted in 2007, and followed that with Take Over in 2009 which included the song, “ To God Alone.“ From there he released This Is What We Believe in 2011 and his most recent album, Morning Rises, in 2013.

In the middle of all the success with his music career, Aaron has dealt with some personal trials, tribulations, and hardships. But even in the midst of the heartache, the singer found hope, joy and a strengthened faith. “It’s therapeutic to my soul to sing these words when life is tumultuous,” Aaron says. “I need to write and find songs that I want to sing, songs that proclaim God as faithful, songs that proclaim God as larger than our situation and our circumstance. I want to sing songs that glorify Him and lift His name up."

He adds, “I think that adversity brings us back, or brought me back to God. The biggest hurdle that I have to overcome is the guilt that I feel for not seeking Him so closely when I do not feel adversity - when I am under the sun, so to say. But God forgives us, and I think about how I melt when my young boys come to me to say ‘daddy I’m sorry,’ for whatever, and I feel it is the same with God.”

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