Murray State alumnus releases Christian album

Rachel Clifford
Staff writer

Murray State alumnus and Christ Ambassador staff member Paul Lile recently released an album titled “Blood Water Fire.”

“The name is a connection to the death and resurrection of Jesus,” Lile said. “The scriptures narrating the death of Jesus say that blood and water flowed after he was pierced with the sword, and John (the Baptist) spoke of one who would baptize with fire.”

Lile said the recording process took about a year and he recorded it in his own studio one track at a time.

“I did not use a band,” Lile said. “I wrote and played all of the parts (except for the lead guitar and the female backup vocals). I’ve been pulling early mornings before I go to work. I would get up at 5 a.m. and give myself about an hour each weekday morning.”

Lile hopes his music will inspire others to think about everything Jesus does for them.

“I hope people find themselves singing along and giving God praise and thanks to their God,” Lile said. “I also hope that the sounds will inspire those who were indifferent to Jesus, to think more about what He did for them, and how open His arms are to them. Many times music is powerfully emotional to me (even with no lyric). But when the lyrics and music are in line, thematically it’s a thing of beauty and inspiration. That’s what I hope for.”

Lile also hopes the album will be a positive force in people’s lives.

“From a person who’s seeking to a person who isn’t, who might even seem indifferent to Jesus, I think this album has the potential to reach,” Lile said in a promotional video for the album. “I even had a friend recently tell me that a lady who is a neighbor to him listened to one of my other albums and made the comment that if her church had music like that she’d be interested in going. That’s the kind of thing I want to do. I want to bring that to people.”

The overall theme of the album is the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.

“Jesus, and Him crucified and how it is reflected in the heart of a believer in Him is the theme,” Lile said. “It is my way of giving thanks and encouraging others to do the same. He ultimately is the reason that I’ve made this CD. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks … And with me, He and His word are the consuming feelings and thoughts in my heart. It is to honor and acknowledge Him in all of my ways.”

“Blood Water Fire” is the second album Lile has produced. His first album was “Life After Death.”

“Blood Water Fire” can be purchased at kickstarter.com. “Life After Death” can be found at paulbrendonlile.com.