Carter Ruch is a talented musician who is using his voice to give glory to God through both GCU’s worship arts program and his new EP, “Talking to Myself,” released under the stage name Don Carter. The album features seven bold, original tracks produced with the help of Tone Jonez.
As a rapper, singer and guitarist, Don Carter wrote and recorded his EP over the course of a year in the GCU Recording Studio. He has taken inspiration from his favorite artists to write powerful Christian hip-hop songs with the substantial theme of releasing control to God. Carter’s songs incorporate transparency with messages of becoming reborn, being accepted as you are and requesting guidance from God. He wrote the titular song of his EP about the battle against pornography that many people face, but few like to talk about. He says, “It’s kind of awkward and it makes you feel gross, but I felt like it needed to be addressed … Hopefully that [song] will impact the most people.”
Carter also leads worship at Valley Life Church’s Camelback campus. He appreciates the challenges that accompany leadership, as well as the administrative skills he needs for the position, such as scheduling musicians and picking songs that match the message of the pastor. He advocates for GCU’s College of Theology, saying “GCU is the only school that has a great worship arts program. I love the emphasis on production.”
To Carter, worshipping God will always mean “surrendering everything that you have.” Overall, he hopes that in his music “people will hear the theme of being made new … the feeling of surrendering it all and getting rid of everything that’s holding you back from letting God control your life.”
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Written by Kaylor Jones, a professional writing major at GCU.