As a reader your first thought might be, I made a mistake in the title of the headline. "Doesn't that Milwaukee Rock Music Examiner know to capitalize a proper name?"
I do indeed, but we are talking about a different kind of artist here. Doug Shea is that artist who is an altruist when it comes to self. His new music puts the capital letter on Jesus. One of the title tracks off of Shea's latest release titled "Kingdom Bridges," Mighty is Your Name," expresses that, only one name is the center in the music and life of Doug Shea. Doug Shea has a laser-like focus on the divine.
Listening to Kingdom Bridges is more of a personal connection to the heart and mind, bridged by the contemporary Gospel compositions and vocal god-given talents of Doug Shea. As a review artist in the rock genre, I was brought to my knees while listening to the track "Wrapped in Your Heart." The song is lyrically internalized to each of us. The experiences of addiction, loneliness, and hardships, being addressed and eventually handed over, for a spiritual awakening.Tracks like "Strength in a Broken World," are easy for any person to relate to, in the troubled times of economic and family issues.
Doug Shea started his career in the alternative rock genre, with his band Spirit Creek, who were often compared to Creed and Three Days Grace.
His personal and artistic journey brought him into the development of the duet of Shea Hill.
Taking about a two year absence from mainstream music, Doug Shea utilized the education he received at the University of Oshkosh in Composition . Doug Shea became a Pastor of Music in Mequon , Wisconsin. You can see Doug Shea perform on any given Sunday at Bridges community church. He also was a pastor for a community called "Bridges." Doug Shea still works closely with the Bridges program which centers on five pillars, Community, Confidence, Respect, Discipline, and Commonalities.
I had an opportunity to speak with Doug Shea, about the music and release of the CD , Kingdom Bridges. Doug expressed to me, we as individuals, must seek truth. He explained to me , to seek , is to study, search, and find Jesus in the here and now. Not in a world eons away in Jerusalem and Egypt, but here and now, in the today. He also explained to me to read a new bible called, The Message, available on Amazon. Doug Shea still performs in taverns and places where the environment may be of a rowdy crowd and receives a good response. Mr Shea would hope to expand his performances not only in churches and venues, but to stadiums of huge worship such as Joel Osteen or Billy Graham crusades.
Doug expressed the importance to me of not only putting on a victory validated choice of music , but to join a church group and live the life you seek. Doug Shea's music is the bridge to personal decision to seek internal solutions by raising your thoughts, words, and actions up. That is exactly what Kingdom Bridges does, it lifts you up, and makes you feel joy. After spending time with the music , you want that feeling to continue throughout your day and life. You open your eyes to a different view of living in the light opposed to living behind the enemy lines of self, greed, and judgement.
Doug Shea is not a man wearing a collar , but a man with tattoos , trending fashions, and language not filled with profanity, but a total conversationalist who is able to reach teens, adults, drug addicts and the people society plain out forgot about.
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