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Sometimes, the decision to stop…starts everything.
It’s exactly the situation Chris Cleveland found himself in when the previous iteration
of his band Stars Go Dim came to a close. What started out as a simple side project,
became a successful recording and touring entity, all while Cleveland maintained his
“day job” working as a worship leader at a church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
As the original SGD began to fade, everyday life became more and more integrated
into Cleveland’s reality and norm – marriage, two kids, a steady job – a sense of
newness and contentment. While Chris knew that music would always be a part of
his life, in the stillness of the moment, when touring was no longer his career, he was
more able to get focused on the role music would and should have in his life moving
And that’s when everything started.
And now, here’s what Stars Go Dim is in 2015 and moving into the future: an
immersion of modern pop, infused with both deep meaning and well-honed fun,
merging layers of guitars, keys, loops and percussion to convey timeless messages.
Over the course of the next two years, Chris began to write and began to play shows
again. This is where time and thought, and patience and experimentation, and
struggle and innovation all came together for something excellent.
Stars Go Dim, partnering with Fervent Records (Word Entertainment)
along with their co-writers and producers, eschewed the 21st century idea of “record
today, release later today,” and put together ideas for more than 60 songs before
winnowing down to the 14 that make up their self-titled re-debut.
A lot of that experimentation came from making the purposeful effort to define a
sound, something that was tough to do with the diversity of talents and experiences
from all who participated in the creative process.
“It was a real process getting to know where we wanted to go and were capable of
going with these songs,” Chris continues. “So once we sat down and chose songs to
cut, we had these ideas and templates surrounding each one and how they should
sound. As each one took shape, another piece was added to the puzzle, and each
time that happened, the project came more and more to life.”
And that life is felt most vividly on the project’s first single, “You Are Loved.” It’s a
simple idea so often forgotten in the fractured attention span of life today, so
Cleveland knew it was a reminder that the world desperately needs.
“As we've been paying attention to the reaction for the single, it blows me away to
see the need,” Chris says. “For me, that's a message for my sons and daughter as
they grow up. I want them to know their innate value and their worth. We get
comments all the time about how much this simple, yet powerful message means to
The messages on the 14-track self- titled album are not only timely but also
timeless. The project boasts opening track– the reinvented hymn “Doxology” and
the closing song is a memoriam called “Here” – serving as a reminder of both God’s
presence in the universe and our ongoing need for it.
“Doxology, I wrote for my church; I had no intention for it to be a Stars Go Dim song,”
Chris says.” “I wanted to take a song that was formidable, had deep theology,
historical significance and was something people knew, and I wanted to do it in a
way that my modern congregation could sing it, relive and own in their hearts.”
“Before I knew where anything else would go, I knew ‘Here’ was going to be the last
song on the record,” Chris says. “It's about a dear friend of mine, Chase Lovelace,
who passed away from cancer at a young age. I've never seen a faith as strong as
his amidst a truly dire situation; it was an incredible thing to witness.”
“The song is an honest reflection of what was going on in me at that time," he
says. “It’s a reminder that life is shorter than I think it should be. So, when people
approach this record, I want them to start listening and get the message of God and
His holy presence, and I want them to end their listening to this record knowing that
no matter what they go through, whatever circumstance, that God is still and always
Thankful for my friend @benjaminkilgore and the couple songs we wrote today. I loved being able to write at the #manhattan and spend the day sharing stories and life. Looking forward to getting these songs demo'd out too! 🙌🏽
#Repost 📷: @benjaminkilgore
Co-write today with my man @chriscleveland5
Had the pleasure to share the stage with my new friend @briannhira this weekend at #Ripple for @project_hope_worldwide I'm happy to announce we more than met our goals! Sponsoring 116 children and raising just shy of $200k Thank you #Tulsa for showing up in a BIG way for these kids across the globe. Well done! #starsgodim #hope #dosomething #purpose #charity
Proud to support such an amazing organization @project_hope_worldwide and even prouder to do it with @kenziecleveland by my side. Please support this charity if you're able. #charity #purpose #dosomething #hope #starsgodim
We are honored to be a part of #Ripple with @project_hope_worldwide tonight! Check out their organization and give generously to help feed, clothe, care for, and house, children across the world! #starsgodim #leastofthese #hope #food #charity #purpose #dosomething
We could not be any more excited to be a part of an event than the one we will be playing this weekend! Project Hope Worldwide is an amazing organization doing great things. Please consider attending or contributing to this cause.
Hey #OKC and #Tulsa friends! I'll be @frontiercityokc tomorrow with @forkingandcountry 🙌🏽 Concert is free with park admission! Hope to see you all there! #StarsGoDim