‘Return to Me’: The Song We Need Right Now
“Return to Me” is a brand new song by veteran songwriter and recording artist Michael Anthony Curtis. And it is absolutely the song we need at this moment in our nation. Inspired by 2 Chronicles 7:14, the chorus resounds, “Return to Me, says King Jesus / The only hope for all of man.” Please watch and share this incredible video with your family and friends, and join us in prayer for the healing our country so desperately needs.
Michael Anthony Curtis has been a staple of the Nashville music scene since the early 1980s. Originally signed to ASCAP by Bob Doyle, long-time manager for Garth Brooks, Curtis is an accomplished performer and recording artist. He has written and produced songs for numerous Grammy award-winning artists such as Randy Travis, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack, Ricky Skaggs, Collin Raye, Shenandoah, The Martins, Gordon Mote and many others.
If you ask him what his favorite experience in life is though, he won’t mentioned any of his famous connections or accomplishments. He will tell you the proudest fact of his life is knowing Jesus as his Savior. He is filled with love for God and is passionate for sharing the Gospel.
But the man you see today is a miracle. He grew up not knowing his father. He shared his testimony with James and Betty Robison on LIFE Today in 1997, after which he received another blessing: Discovering a half-brother he didn’t know existed. They have since built a deep kinship, and both came back to LIFE Today last year to share their story and sing a song together. You can watch that incredible episode here.
The New Song
Michael spoke with The Stream yesterday about his inspiration and hope for “Return to Me.” He said he woke up on Sunday, July 12 with the text of 2 Chronicles 7 weighing heavy on his heart. He told his wife that she would have to go to church that morning without him, that he knew God wanted him to capture it in song. By the time she returned home, he had written all of it.
What struck him most about our current national struggles is the fact that we spend all our time worrying about the evils in society and those who are causing the strife. Instead, he says, we need to keep our attention on God in prayer. He’s the only solution to our problems. And He is eager to help, if we would just turn to Him.
Another key issue for him is that when we take our focus off of God and His principles, we make foolish decisions. “You cannot go out and sow bad seed and expect to reap a good harvest,” he said. He believes that we are in a period where “God is weighing the heart of this nation in a balance,” and that this upcoming election will reveal the state of our hearts. Michael warns that “if our hearts lean more toward the evil side of things, then that’s what we’re going to have in our government.”
When asked what he most hopes the song inspires, he said, “Love, true love, is the key.” He continued:
“I think we don’t understand what true love is anymore. I think that people just use it as a cliche. 1 Corinthians 13 says, “Love never fails.” And before Jesus left, he said these two commandments, it’s the whole law. Number one, love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, soul, mind, strength; and love your neighbor as yourself. Well, you know, if I love you, like I love myself, I could never cheat with your wife. I could never rob you. I could never steal from you. I’d never let a racist thing come between us. ‘Cause how can you love God when you say you can’t love your brother and sister?”
Michael Anthony Curtis is the real deal. And his song is exactly what we need to sing and pray over our nation today.