The Music of Kelly Van Shaar

Frequently Asked Questions

  I notice that a lot of your music has Christian messages and/or scriptural references. What are your religious affiliations?
I hope it's obvious through my music and writing that I have a strong and guiding belief in Jesus Christ. Hopefully all my music will have a positive effect on you as you listen, even though many of the songs are about the trials we face. I like to think that all my music is guided by an underlying element of faith. Of course if I'm writing a musical theater piece from the point of view of another character, those rules may vary slightly but I still like to stick a true message in there somewhere.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as LDS or Mormon. I believe that I am a member of the church as organized and led directly by Jesus Christ and his prophets and apostles, both in former times as well as in this age.

I served a two year mission for my church in Lousiana, from 1989 to 1991, where I spent my time trying to find and teach those who were seeking for answers, truth, and purpose in life.

If you would like to know more about my church, I suggest visiting the official web site at www.mormon.org

There is a page on that site dedicated to explaining all about the Book of Mormon. It's good information for those who are honestly interested. In short, I'll just tell you that the Book of Mormon is a collection of writings of ancient prophets, just like the Bible. It simply deals with another civilization that the inhabitants of the ancient Eastern hemisphere were not aware of; namely, the people on the ancient American continent. It's good; you should read it with an open heart.

I would also be glad to answer any serious inquiries by those who are honestly seeking for truth. If you feel like writing to tell me that I'm wrong, let me share a thought with you: Those who spend their time trying to tear down things they believe to be false rather than seeking for and teaching truth lead empty, unfulfilled lives.

 

Are these really questions people frequently asked, or questions I frequently hoped they would ask? Maybe both.

I would like to start doing some of my own recordings but I don't have a lot of money to invest. What are your recommendations?

What is your family situation?

If you do so much video work, why aren't there more music videos for your songs?

Who are your greatest musical influences?

What hardware / software do you use?

How long does it take you to write and record a song?

What process do you go through in writing a song?

I notice that a lot of your music has Christian messages and/or scriptural references. What are your religious affiliations?

I want to do something artsy, but I don't think I have a creative or musical bone in my body. How do I get started?