Album: The Covering (2011)
Play Video


  • This is the only original song on Stryper's album The Covering. We speak with a lot of songwriters, and they very often explain that songs can come to them very quickly, as if a higher power is controlling them when it happens. So it would make sense that God would use Stryper lead singer Michael Sweet to channel a song about Himself. Sweet told us: "I was lying in bed one night just before we were going into the studio, I wanted to have an all original new song, and that melody was going through my head. And I went downstairs and grabbed a guitar, put chords to it, called my home phone from my cell phone, recorded the melody into my home phone machine so I could go to bed. That was the quick way of doing it. I went to bed, woke up the next morning, listened to it to refresh my memory, then penned the words at the kitchen island over a cup of coffee. And that one came together in the night and in the morning."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Sarah Brightman

Sarah BrightmanSongwriter Interviews

One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.

Yacht Rock!

Yacht Rock!Song Writing

A scholarly analysis of yacht rock favorites ("Steal Away," "Baker Street"...) with a member of the leading YR cover band.

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors Examined

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors ExaminedSong Writing

Doors expert Jim Cherry, author of The Doors Examined, talks about some of their defining songs and exposes some Jim Morrison myths.

Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al YankovicFact or Fiction

Did Al play on a Beach Boys record? Did he have beef with George Lucas and Coolio? See if you can spot weird but true stories.

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining Victims

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining VictimsSong Writing

Just like Darrin was replaced on Bewitched, groups have swapped out original members, hoping we wouldn't notice.

Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)

Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)Songwriter Interviews

Before "Rap" was a form of music, it was something guys did to pick up girls in nightclubs. Donnie talks about "The Rapper" and reveals the identity of Leah.