By: Susan Ross
Nick Stanton was raised in Liberty, IN on a cattle and horse farm. With three younger sisters and one older brother, the house was brimming with youth. Nick understood at a young age how a story begins in your life and then directs you through it on different paths. Oppressed by abuse, abandonment and family brokenness, Nick began to find an escape in music, playing his guitar for countless hours in his room. Through the hurt and confusion, he desperately searched for truth and belonging. After becoming a believer in 8th grade, he began to lead worship. With music in his hands, the healing process had begun to take place.
His early music influences lie with Tim McGraw, along with George Strait and Garth Brooks. And more currently, Jeremy Camp, John Mayer, Mat Kearney, Needtobreathe, Third Day, The Fray, Mercy Me, David Crowder Band, Dave Matthews Band and Shawn McDonald. Combining their musical nuances with the acoustic and electric guitar weaving through the lyrics that pour from his soul has enabled Nick to express his love for Jesus. Leading worship has taken him on a journey to reach many hearts for God. This is clearly the path that God has directed this young musician on. “Nick Stanton brought an incredible spiritual presence and humbleness to a stage that is often overpowered by personalities. His professionalism and amazing gifts as a musician and leader attributed to a phenomenal experience for all of our participants”. Ryan Gernand, Program Manager of “That Thing” camp.
Nick currently lives in Warsaw, IN with his wife Jenna and works as the worship leader at Warsaw Community Church. Having the opportunity to lead a large congregation in song has enabled him to utilize his gifts and passion for worship. Through his music on stage as the singer/songwriter, a platform awaits him in which to captivate the audience with a message of truth, change and healing—three words that he is personally familiar with. Each of these words has been part of a journey that has not always been easy. Not always been straight and direct. Even though the years that tell how long he has been on this earth are not many, the wisdom he has learned though, from an early age is filled with the portrayal that he truly wants the Lord to have His way!
Nick Stanton has also been apart of missions through YouthWorks in New Orleans, LA and Newport, TN. He has been a worship leader, speaker, and special performer for over 60 churches across the U.S. and Mexico. He has shared the stage with Jeremy Camp, Brandon Heath, Sidewalk Prophets, Josh Wilson, Chris August, Mikeschiar, Chris Sligh, Shawn McDonald, Addison Road and Jon McLaughlin, just to name a few. He currently has two albums out in the market. His album Rest was released June of 2009 and his album Love Has Overcome was released July of 2011. Not only does Nick write the music and lyrics to his songs but he also produces and mixes them. God has given him a great ear for music–weaving together the sounds of what God has laid on his heart.
Through his continued writing and performing, along with the gift of speaking and leading worship, Nick Stanton will both entertain and bring truth to audiences across the nations. All the while, though, Nick feels a simpler, but higher calling and states, “Jesus brought healing to the broken-hearted and set the captives free all in the name of love, and he commands us to do the same. I want to follow in his footsteps by using the gifts and story that He has given me, knowing that I was once without hope and could not see past my own brokenness.”
By: Susan Ross