Christian Artist Brian Nhira Hopes to Spark Conversations About Growing Problem of Fatherlessness With His Music

(Photo: Credit/JasperNhira) Christian artist Brian Nhira released his debut album "Hope's Stand" on Feb 25, 2015.
(Photo: Credit/JasperNhira)
Christian artist Brian Nhira released his debut album “Hope’s Stand” on Feb 25, 2015.

Fatherlessness in the U.S. remains a prevalent issue as the number of children living apart from their biological fathers is estimated to be nearly 30 percent (or roughly one in three), according to 2011 Pew Research data.

The number of children living apart from their biological fathers has more than doubled over the last four decades amid a growing decline in nuclear families.

In 1960, 11 percent of children lived apart from their biological fathers as compared to 27 percent in 2010.

One Christian artist says he hopes his music will spark conversations about the growing problem and bring healing to families across the nation.

In August, acclaimed singer/songwriter Brian Nhira released his new single “Back Where You Belong” from his debut album Hope’s Stand. The powerful track is described as an “anthem for the fatherless,” and Nhira told The Christian Post about how a shopping trip to a local Walmart inspired the song.

“The song was inspired by an experience I had as a college student,” Nhira, a graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, told CP. “I went to this Walmart (across the street from campus) and one of the things the Lord was highlighting in my mind was these mothers who were there shopping with their kids and struggling to look after their kids and shop at the same time. And so the question arose in my mind ‘Where is the father?'”

Nhira, who began singing in church at age 4, said it was during that moment at Walmart that the Lord spoke to him.

“Obviously fathers don’t always go grocery shopping, but the Lord was [telling me] something bigger,” he said. “He was opening my eyes to the issue of fatherlessness, so I began to think about my friends and how many of them grew up without their fathers. They constantly tell me me there’s a void inside them because they didn’t have that fatherly influence growing up.”

Nhira was raised by both of his parents under one roof, but he empathizes with those who grow up without their fathers and says that he wrote “Back Where You Belong” as a tool for hope.

“It’s sad to think about how many of these people grew up without their fathers,” the singer said. “I’m blessed because I have an amazing father and I wouldn’t be the man I am today without my father. So the Lord just began to put these lyrics in my heart and He began to tell me that these are the lyrics of the fatherless everywhere who haven’t been able to put the words to the pain that they feel.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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