Singer and songwriter Allan Scott discovered an affinity for music at a young age. He was eleven when his brother
started taking guitar lessons. “I eventually took his guitar and didn’t give it back,” Allan explained with a
Much of Allan’s early years, however, weren’t a laughing matter. Raised in a home that was characterized by his parent’s heated arguments, their eventual divorce, and his mother’s remarriage which ended with his stepfather being escorted from their house in handcuffs after an incident of domestic abuse, Allan remembers his childhood as one marked by rejection.
Although Allan had heard about God during his childhood and found solace in his growing passion for music, Allan’s home life continued to deteriorate during his teen years. He fell into the destructive clutches of drug use, and eventually he was expelled from his middle school in Pennsylvania. Shortly after, he dropped out of school and ended up running from the police.
“When I got into drugs and alcohol, I sold all of my musical equipment,” Allan explained. As his life spiraled further out of control, his musical ambitions slipped away. At his lowest point, he found himself in Dallas, homeless and smoking crystal meth. In desperation, he cried out to God.
God’s answer came in an unlikely form: an arrest. It was during his time in jail that Allan’s life was radically changed. “It was my nineteenth day in jail, and I remember thinking – I don’t have to live like this anymore. At the time I don’t think that I even knew how desperate my situation was, but God answered my prayer for help. From that point forward, He gave me the desire to change. In Psalms it says, ‘I am close to the broken hearted, I save those who are crushed in spirit.’ He set me free, forgave me, and gave me a new life.”
As his heart and mind were transformed, Allan’s dreams of playing music were awakened once again. “One day, while still in prison, I began to hear these songs in my head,” Allan explained. He rapidly wrote lyric after lyric of the songs the Lord placed on his heart. When he was released from jail at age 22, Allan knew he had to pursue his newly reignited passion for music. As described in his testimony that was featured on CBN’s The 700 Club, this encounter with Christ radically changed his life.
Allan began to lead worship at his local church and minister through music at youth and campus events. In 2006, he married Jana, a beautiful woman who also had been set free from a destructive lifestyle.
Now, Allan is in a mission – one song, one service, and one concert at a time. That mission is to spread the message that we can approach God’s throne boldly in our time of need without fear of judgment because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. “My desire is to infuse as much as the message of God’s grace as possible into our music so that when we write, we’re actually saying something that will affect people,” Allan stated.
Former drug addict, dropout, thief and loser Allan Scott found hope in his jail cell, calling on God to heal the broken pieces of his life. Thirteen years later, this redeemed singer, songwriter and worship leader shares his experience in song, declaring the prayer of his life in the redemptive, hopeful “What You Say” single which releases November 18th at iTunes® and other digital retail outlets.
Produced by hit maker Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Nichole Nordeman), the compelling new anthem from Scott is meant to lift his struggling brothers and sisters; an encouragement to believe the truth about who God says they are: holy, new and remade. Having known the pain of multiple divorces by his parents, substance abuse, homelessness and loss of personal freedom through incarceration, Scott found that the goodness of God can restore all from hopelessness. That God gives his children a completely new identity not based upon their performance, but based upon what He did on the cross.
“He can and will do exceedingly above all we can ask, think or imagine,” shares Scott. “He picked me out of the gutter and gave me a new life. It was because of His goodness and His faithfulness! My situation seemed impossible. In my own life I have learned that God is faithful and completely able to save and restore those who come to Him! This is a powerful message for the ones who have walked away from God or for those who have never known Him. Come to Him. He is faithful. 2 Tim 2:13 states, ‘if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.’ He is certainly able to save you and redeem the pieces of your broken life.”