Brandon Heath was born in Nashville and was given a guitar as a Christmas gift at the age of 13 and thus began the first step on the trail to songwriting. He also expanded his spiritual horizons by going on faith missions to India and Ecuador, thus setting the table for the mix of religion and music that would soon fuel his professional life.
Heath grew up nonreligiously, but was invited to attend a Christian Young Life camp as a teenager. While attending the summer camp at age 16, Heath said he "heard about Jesus for the first time"; he said he never really went to church until attending the camp, and stated that Young Life "showed me Christ and got me plugged in to a church".] After high school, he became a leader for the camp and is still involved with Young Life across the United States. In 2000, his guitar was stolen in early so he compiled a demo CD of his songs to sell to help pay for a new guitar. That original demo CD was later released in 2004 as an independent album followed by a second independent album and EP before he signed with Essential Records.
The young Nashville native is an established storyteller with a lengthy list of achievements. He earned the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award in 2008 for Best New Artist and fulfilled that early promise by garnering numerous other accolades including two consecutive Doves for Male Vocalist (2009 and 2010), Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for “Give Me Your Eyes” (2009). Heath has received five Grammy nomincations, won an Emmy Award, and most recently won BMI’s songwriter of the year for 2014. Three previous albums have landed in the top ten, and he’s scored four No. 1 hit singles---“Give Me Your Eyes,” “Wait and See,” “I’m Not Who I Was,” and “Your Love.” In 2013, he released Christmas is Here, which became an instant holiday classic, that went on to win a Dove Award for Christmas album of the year.
“2015 is the 20th anniversary of that experience and that decision,” says Heath. “I was thinking about the joy of my salvation and how I could really write a record about that. That’s where I started shifting all of my creative energy, writing songs about who I was then and what made me ultimately decide to let Jesus into my life. No Turning Back is retelling the story. I wanted to capture the moment that I met the Lord---the rush of feeling and believing that my life was going to be different.”