But a chance trip to the Dominican Republic would turn things around for the drug-addicted youth
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Help this broken man when the road is long. Write in me a melody so I can sing redemption’s song.
It was music – and of course the grace of God – that saved Chad Mattson’s life after falling into the black hole of drugs and alcohol.
His life is a testimony to the fact that grace can reach even into the darkest and most unexpected of places, and that beauty can truly save the world, or at least a soul, leading it to the fullness of joy.
Chad shared the story of when things all turned around:
“My family grew up bringing us to church, wonderful Christian people. But in my early 20’s I got into using drugs and that whole mess and culture. I got a card from a missionary in the Dominican Republic and I was kind of at the end of my, you know, I was so tired of running from God. So tired of being beat up by the world that I was looking for something to do but I just didn’t know what. I was looking for Jesus essentially.”
“So I got this card from these missionaries and I called them and said ‘Could I come and hang out with you for a couple of months?’ And they reluctantly said yes.”
It was that time in the Dominican Republic that turned everything around for Chad, where he got clean and came back to Christ, and where he would meet his future band mate Mike Gomez.
The song “Broken Man” from their latest album Unspoken Unplugged is a clear reflection of Chad’s Story. It’s one of those songs that touches your heart; you hear it and you know the person singing it is singing from the heart, from his own lived experience.
Listen to the song above and find the entire album on iTunes.
Members: Mike Gomez, Jon Lowry, Chad Mattson, Ariel Munoz
City: Nashville, TN
Latest Album: Unspoken unplugged (2015)
Curiosities: Lead singer Chad Mattson went through a dark period in his life, falling into drugs and alcohol. During a mission to the Dominican Republic, he rediscovered the the grace of God. Many of his songs reflect this change and are directed to those who have undergone conversions and rediscovered their faith in Christ.