Grand Canyon University recently released its fifth student album, “Canyon Worship 2020.”
And for the fourth year in a row, the album features Scottsdale native and GCU student, Logan Myers – one of 11 students selected for the university’s annual album.
Released Sept. 14, “Canyon Worship 2020” is a compilation album of religious praise music.
Each year, more than 130 songs are submitted by GCU students, in hopes theirs will be selected.
Myers’ “You Are Enough” was among those that made the cut.
Inspired by the story of Job 1:1, “You Are Enough” asks the question: If everything we love was taken away from us, would we still have faith?
“It’s a difficult thing to think about,” said Myers, also known as Logan Alexandra. “There are times when that is true for me, but there are times where it’s not.”
Myers is one of three East Valley GCU students featured on the album.
Chandler resident Travis Hathaway submitted two songs, and the one he wrote “in five minutes” was, to his surprise, selected.
“I have a strong connection, I believe, with nature,” Hathaway said of his song “The Garden.”
“I feel like it really speaks to how great and amazing God is, and how beautiful He is. And just the idea of creation, I wanted to try to capture that, and how beautiful it was in the garden,” he continued.
Hathaway was able to get the majority of the recording completed in GCU’s state-of-the-art recording studio before the pandemic forced the campus to shut down in March.
Chandler Kruse, who grew up in both Mesa and Gilbert, had a similar recording experience.
Kruse worked with Christopher Calderon on their song “All We Need” on campus before the shutdown, but returned to work with Eric Johnson, GCU’s recording studio manager, for two more sessions.
Kruse admitted he was uncomfortable returning to the studio to record amid the pandemic.
“On the other hand, in a time of craziness, it was relaxing because it was music,” he said. “It was something we were passionate about, something we were excited about and something that we loved.”
The recording process for Myers, however, was a unique one.
Because Myers had to leave campus before she had the opportunity to record her vocals, the worship arts major produced her song from home, recording her vocals via FaceTime.
“I can now be a little more self-sufficient in the recording process,” Myers said. “It also taught me patience, and that the producer’s job is not easy.”
Johnson told the Progress in 2018 that the recording process is a months-long process.
It starts with him and the producers narrowing the more than 130 songs down to 10.
“We started in December with pre-production and then through January, February, March, we were tracking all of the songs,” Johnson said.
By April, they start mixing the songs.
This year, of course, the team faced obstacles brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, including the aforementioned campus shut-down; but that didn’t stop the students from writing and performing all 10 original songs.
And according to Johnson, because Myers, Kruse, and Hathaway were local — and didn’t have to leave the state like many other students — he was able to work more closely with them on the recording process.
Myers, who has been featured on “Canyon Worship” 2017, 2018 and 2019, along with this year’s album, previously recorded songs with her high school at GCU’s recording studio.
While attending Scottsdale Christian Academy, Myers and her class were invited to GCU to record an original song.
That’s when she recorded “My Only Truth” for the first time – the same song she submitted for “Canyon Worship 2018.”
“I didn’t think it was my best work because I wrote it in high school, but I decided to submit it anyway to be on the album – and it made it,” she said.
Writing the song came easy for Myers, too.
“I just knew exactly what it needed to be because I was going through a spot where I didn’t know what I wanted with my life, and the whole song is about [how it’s] okay to not know what’s going to happen because God knows what your plan is and what’s going to be best for you,” she said.
“Canyon Worship 2020” is available for streaming on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Shazam.
It’s also available for purchase in the Lope Shop and other locations on GCU’s campus for $9.90.