A Journey to the Mission Field
Read to find out what inspired Blessid Union of Souls to abandon their fame as secular musical artists to embrace the Christian music scene.
BY: Rebecca Brittingham
Interview with Elliot Sloan
Is there one song that really shares your heart and vision for your ministry?
On this new record, the song "The Mission Field" sets the tone of what the mission of this whole record is all about. It’s one of my favorite songs right now. There’s a song that’s not on the album that –called Early Sunday Morning, which is really close to my heart and that may be one that people have to go dig up and find.
Is there a specific scripture that you turn to when you’re facing trials?
I always turn to Proverbs 3:5; “Trust in the lord with all you heart” – and “Lean not unto your own understanding” because our understanding is so limiting.”
What advice would you offer to someone going through their own battles or trials?
I would probably direct them right to [Proverbs 3:5-6] when people are going through trials, there’s a sense of hopelessness. There’s a sense of just darkness like there’s no hope. There’s no way out of this situation and that’s just the lie of the devil. He wants us to focus on that lie – but God says “Trust." My advice would just be to hold on. There is actually a song on our album called Hold On and it speaks just of that. Where there’s a person I’m talking [who is] going through [a hard season] and it [appears that] they just want to give it up, the chorus says “Hold On.” God promise[s] that he will be with us always. Always means always when we’re asleep, awake [in a] good mood, bad mood, [or] late [at] night. He said “I will be with you always” and that’s comforting to me.
What is your purpose in playing your music?
I just want to spread God’s message at this point.– I’ve always loved playing music. This is kind of like really all I have really wanted to do. God gave me the challenge to be able to do it and I want to give back to him what he gave to me. I’ve always been conscious of wanting to deliver a more in-depth message [rather] than just playing and having fun. I want to spread more and more of God’s message and hopefully during the course of our concerts or meeting with people before and after the show they get [will be touched]. Maybe it’s just one lyric in one particular song.
What challenges do you face as an artist?
The challenges I face as an artist [are] creating the songs, [the] direction and integrity of the songs and making sure that it’s something that I don’t feel uncomfortable [performing]. So in trying to stay true to the art of what I do, it’s somewhat of a challenge in the studio because –you can get into the studio and get lost in [the] different music you grew up listening too and the kind of music you want to see yourself playing.
Do you feel like it's challenging, as an artist, to keep the Christian message fresh and applicable to everyone, but at the same time but keep it exciting and relevant?
Yes I think so because I’m a song writer first. I just let the song write itself and then within the production of the song keep it interesting, relevant [but] at the same time, keep the message. That is a challenge in itself. I want to bring every element to the song.