Billy Sprague Press On

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Billy SpragueBilly Sprague is one of those artists who have talents beyond their music. In his heart I think he’s a writer, both a songwriter and a writer of prose. He started out as part of Amy Grant’s band in 1981. Around that time he also started writing songs. He wrote the 1986 Dove Award winning Song of the Year, “Via Dolorosa” for Sandi Patty, “A Man After Your Own Heart” for Gary Chapman, “IOU Me” for Bebe and Cece Winans and songs for Susan Ashton, Debbie Boone and others.

His first book, “Ice Cream As A Clue To The Meaning Of The Universe,” was published in 2000. Billy describes it as a light-hearted yet painfully honest exploration of “belief, tragedy and the Divine choreography of life.” “Letter To A Grieving Heart” followed the next year as a personal letter to those facing the loss of a loved one.

Billy’s first album, the 1984 “What A Way To Go,” was produced by Michael W. Smith. Then came “Serious Fun” in 1986 and “La Vie” in 1989. That year Billy took a break from recording an performing after his fiancé died in an auto accident while on her way to one of his concerts.

Billy Sprague in 1993He returned to recording with the 1992 release of “Torn Between Two Worlds” and then in 1993 “The Wind And The Wave.” Since then he’s recorded sporadically. There was “Soundtrack Of My Soul” in 2004 and “Songs In The Key Of Awe” in 2015. In all he has recorded 10 solo albums.

Billy married in 1994 and he and his wife Kellie have three kids. He served as a worship leader at a church in Denver from 2006 to 2014. He’s currently the worship pastor at a church in Edgewater, FL.

Here’s the official music video for “Press On” from the 1993 “The Wind And The Wave.” The quality is not great (it was shot before HD) and the video itself may seem a little cheesy, but the music and lyrics still hold up. For some reason the person who uploaded this included the credits and countdown at the beginning.

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