Honest: Songs of Hope

by Joshua Messick and Erin Rogers

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Honest 04:46
I Will Arise 02:59
It Is Well 03:19


This album was created out of personal hardship in each of our lives. From this brokenness came the desire to communicate a real and healing message of hope. Honest is two people begging for healing from God, seeking the Truth, and learning that He is faithful no matter the circumstances. Living honest starts with admitting that we are hurting and need help. It is a continual quest for truth and transformation in our lives; the beginning of revival in our hearts. Here, we share songs of hope that helped us find God’s peace in our times of darkness. We pray that you would find encouragment in the music and be challenged to live Honest.

I began playing hammer dulcimer when I was nine and was honored to be titled the 2003 National Champion. I used to play only for the purpose of becoming good. Now, I play music because I love it with an understanding that music is God’s gift to experience His love and healing. And, it wasn’t until I endured a season of grief that I came to this understanding. Honest was recorded while my heart was broken and continues to be a balm in my life.

I received a mountain dulcimer for my seventh birthday, won the national championship in 2004, and knew I wanted to play music for the rest of my life. It was not until I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2007 that I began to fully understand the power of music to soothe the weary soul and heal the heart. Playing dulcimer in the chemo room helped me get through some of the hardest days of my life, and that experience influences every note I play today.


released March 1, 2013

Recorded at Exceptions Studios
Engineered by Randy Wills
Produced by Joshua Messick
Cello by Max Dyer
Uilleann pipes by Tim Britton
Fiddle by Amber Rogers
Photography by Tamra Horner
All songs are traditional except “Honest” composed by Joshua Messick
Arrangements by Joshua Messick and Erin Rogers


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Joshua Messick - Hammered Dulcimer Asheville, North Carolina

National Hammered Dulcimer Champion Joshua Messick breathes new life into his ancient, enchanting instrument. He has delighted audiences throughout the world as a performing and recording artist. He represents Master Works Dulcimers and contributed to the design of the DulciForte. When not in his studio, Joshua may be found watching baseball or relaxing on the deck while grilling. ... more

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