Aryn Michelle is a faith-based songwriter, recording artist, worship leader and mother of four from Dallas, TX.
Aryn earned her BA in classical music from Southwestern University while contemplating God’s path for her life. She began her career pursuing the mission to be a “light in the darkness” by writing secular music from a Christian perspective. During this season she attended the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was given the Scott Benson Award for songwriting. Soon after leaving Boston she released her first two albums of positive, secular music.
After returning to Dallas in 2009, Aryn began investing in the youth of her community by teaching private music and songwriting lessons, mentoring at a local middle school, and serving as a lay worship leader at MacArthur Blvd Baptist Church. During this time she was also recognized for her songwriting by being named TexasCSA’s 2010 Songwriter of the Year, winning KLTY’s 2010 Chick-fil-A Celebrate Freedom Jingle Competition and being a national top ten finalist in the 2011 Foldgers’ Jingle Writing Contest.
Aryn began recording distinctly faith-based music in 2014 because she finally felt confirmed in her calling to write insightful, challenging, and thoughtful songs for the people of the church. In 2014 she was named Female Artist and Writer of the Year at Gospel Music Association’s Immerse Competition.
In 2015, she released Depth, an album made up of theologically heavy questions and challenges to coax listeners to reconsider their own faith in light of biblical truth. In 2017 she released The Realest Thing, a concept album inspired by a book on Christian apologetics where each song explores a different philosophical argument for the existence of God and proofs for Jesus Christ as God’s Son. In 2019 Aryn released an EP of prayer and praise songs entitled “Nothing Can Take Me Away.” This collection of songs aim to encourage believers during their personal times of reflection and worship.
Essentially, Aryn desires to engage the mind as well as the heart so that the truth of scripture—and not just a catchy hook—is what resonates with the listener. Aryn is currently serving as a lay worship leader at Irving Bible Church and will be releasing “Pariah” (a concept album about biblical outcasts) as singles all throughout 2021.
Favorite Bible Verses / Passages:
Exodus 15:2 "The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him."