Erik Nieder is putting his craft into the service of his core convictions through worship music. He’s been writing songs for over a decade, and his music has gotten better and more widely appreciated over time. Erik recently found his worship songs on Spotify’s WorshipNow playlist (a curated list of today’s best worship songs with over 700,000 followers), and his journey has been marked by continued growth toward using music as an avenue to express his calling. In this episode, learn more about what it looks like to live with clarity around your purpose and understand how to better use your gifts for what matters most.
Erik Nieder's background
One of my greatest joys is seeing the Lord use songs to challenge and encourage hearts for His purposes and His glory. I was thirteen years old when I wrote my first song. Little did I know, that was the beginning of a journey that I pray will one day usher me all the way to the gates. I am 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. To be honest, it's not the music that really excites me. I love the music, but what fuels my soul is the relationship that the music brings. And more importantly, the purpose behind the songs that we sing.
How cool is it to think that in the eighteenth century a slave trader, captivated by God's forgiveness and redemption, penned the words to a song that we still sing to this day? A song that would become one of the most well versed and impactful choruses in history. That song I'm speaking of is John Newton's Amazing Grace. If you don't know Newton's story, spend a few minutes and google it. His testimony exemplifies the power of music. A power that, when coupled with the Word of God, has infinite possibilities. And the fact that hundreds of years later we still turn to Newton's wisdom, in times of trial and in times of triumph, is proof that a song really can change the world.
So when people ask me, "Why music? Why songwriting?" Well, that's why. Because nothing can perform soul surgery quite like a song can. And no one can heal a heart quite like Jesus can.
From Pine Cove Christian Camps to the Aggie Baptist Student Ministry, I had the privilege of spending my college years leading worship with students and young adults. After graduating from Texas A&M, I served on staff as a worship leader at Watermark Community Church, located in the DFW metroplex. It was at Watermark where I met my wonderful wife Callie. Callie and I now live in Nashville, Tennessee. We spend our summers leading worship and discipling college students at Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Missouri. And during the year we get to travel the country writing songs and leading worship for various churches, conferences, and events. And best of all — we had our baby boy, Knox, just over a month ago. Mom and Dad never realized how much they loved their sleep until now. ;)
- Erik Nieder on Spotify
- Erik Nieder on Apple Music
- Erik Nieder's Website
- Email Erik: erik (at) eriknieder (dot) com
Links to things mentioned in the episode
- 2:18 - The WorshipNow playlist on Spotify
- 3:36 - Miles Davis
- 5:51 - John Mayer
- 5:52 - Maroon 5
- 9:03 - Pine Cove
- 13:25 - NoiseTrade
- 15:32 - "Faithful" on Spotify
- 19:30 - Lamentations 3
- 20:12 - Cammie Avers
- 20:15 - Psalm 139
- 20:20 - 2 Timothy 2:13
- 21:15 - Jordan Critz
- 24:21 - 1 Corinthians 10:31
- 29:00 - Romans 12:1-2
- 30:48 - Eric Liddell
- 33:11 - The fruit of the Spirit
- 36:40 - Here's a video of Tom Brady throwing a football
- 39:42 - The Values-Driven Productivity email list