Hello, my name is Brandon Scott and I’m 25 years old. Before coming to Northbrook, I attended Crossroads Alliance Church for 13 years (since I was 10 years old). I was involved with leading worship at Crossroads since I was 13. I am currently serving as Vice-President of Unashamed Worship Ministries and as a worship leader for the evening service for a Brooklyn Center church.
I was 7 years old when I came to know the Lord but it wasn’t until my teen years that I began to take my relationship with Lord further in knowledge and personal commitment. Through my high school years, I had issues with depression was involved in the “goth” scene. I questioned if God really truly loved me and had the same doubts when it came to my home life.
In August of 2006, a year after I graduated from high school, I went on a one year tour with CTI Music Ministries. I played bass guitar with our worship team called 14:21. We traveled to the east and west coasts of the U.S., parts of Canada, and spent a month in Bolivia. I still struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts during that time on the road, but the Lord challenged my heart and started peeling away the masks and defenses I had built up in my life. It was not until I returned home in August 2007 that the Lord began healing my heart. As I was listening to the recording of our final concert, I broke down in tears. I felt the Lord’s healing hands holding and healing my heart of all the pain — taking away all the depression, anger, bitterness that I had carried for years. Now four years later, I have not been depressed since. I praise God everyday for His grace, mercy, and the new life he has given me!
I currently play guitar, bass, and drums. I started 3 months of drum lessons when I was 6 years old. I got my first drum kit when I was 10 and have been self-taught ever since. I picked up the guitar when I was 10 and was also self-taught. My early musical influences for drums and guitar included bands such as the Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, and the O.C. Supertones. Later on, I came to enjoy hard-metal bands such as P.O.D., Project 86, and Pillar. Currently, I am very eclectic musically in what I listen to. I enjoy secular bands such as Coldplay, Within Temptation, Death Cab For Cutie, John Mayer, Meshuggah, and Nightwish. My favorite worship artists are Lincoln Brewster, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong/Hillsong United, Steve Fee, New Life Worship, Delirious, Desperation Band, and Jacob Kuiper. 😉
I believe that the purpose of worship is to bring glory to our Father in everything we do. Worship is our love song to Him. It is a song that cannot be contained or conveyed purely with music but is an attitude of surrender and response of our hearts which we cannot help but express in every way possible.
I pray, dear friend, that the Lord would take these humble words and touch your life with them that you would find encouragement to seek the Lord on your own.
“O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1-9, NIV).