Article Published: Jan. 2 | Modified: Jan. 2
To Robert Miller of Ashe County, writing lyrics comes as natural as getting up to go to church on Sunday morning.
It was while at church that he also found a lasting love and appreciation for gospel hymns that came with Sunday service at a rural country church just south of the Virginia line.
Miller’s fascination with music in general began when he was 9 years old when a neighbor took the time to patiently coax him into his own style of singing and reading song verse.
“Growing up, gospel music was my entertainment I guess you could say,” Miller said. “I looked forward to learning and my neighbor was always willing to share (the music) with me.”
By the age of 16, Miller was singing in the church choir and his love for the gospels was solidified.
His talent for carefully assembling his thoughts and feelings into clear and memorable lyrics was not lost upon his siblings either.
A skilled pianist, Brenda Miller teamed up with her brother as they wowed audiences throughout the region as a duet. Miller’s talents were not limited to small country churches, as his prowess was broadcasted for the masses as a member of The Gospel Four.
For Miller, years of dedication finally paid off when he decided to record a tribute album for his baby sister who recently passed away.
“After her death, I thought this (the album) was something that I really needed to do,” he said.
Miller’s debut album, “I Just Want to Thank You Lord, Everyday,” is an 18-song collection of popular Christian hymns and three original pieces.
“It all relates to how I feel about spirituality, like heaven, and the trial of this life,” he said. “By being a songwriter, I’m able to do this.”
In the future, Miller said he would like to record more original pieces, while not feeling too overwhelmed by the studio recording process.
“I really think it’s time-consuming,” he said. “You really have to have the patience. I spent a lot of time in the studio. It didn’t seem like we accomplished a lot because we had to redo and I was thinking a lot about my late sister. I wanted to make it right and I didn’t want to rush through it. I wanted to make sure I did the best that I could.”
Miller isn’t let the momentum of recording his first album ride out either. He has big plans in store for the future.
“I really want to enter MerleFest this spring, too,” he said.
Miller’s CD is available directly by calling the artist at (336) 977-3588.