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
How do you plan on keeping your focus on Christ with the rising fame and attention?
I’m just a normal guy. I really don’t over think that. We’ve been on roller coaster where things were up and down. It’s a catch 22 in the sense. If the songs get popular enough then it’s probably going to come in some form or fashion but that’s really not going to change me at all. I guess I’m confident in that because I shun away from that anyway. You always think you’re mentally prepared for [the challenge] but you have to stay in prayer about it.
Has it been a challenge balancing family life with your music life?
Oh yes. I’ve been doing it pretty much all my life. I’ve been finding a way to [balance my music life with family life.] When I come home, I’m not a musician. I’m just dad to my kids and husband to my wife.
Do you ever feel there’s a time when it’s appropriate to blur the lines between the sacred and the secular? For example, if an opportunity will present itself for you to be on a record with a well loved secular artist, would you do it for the sake of reaching out to a wider audience?
Well I wouldn’t do it to just reach out to a big audience. It would have to be something that was sincere. If it’s a particular song, it just depends on the song [and] artist.
What person had the greatest influence in your life?
In my music, I would say my mother because she’s the one that really got me started playing the piano. She had me taking piano when I was a kid. [It was my grandma, Nora who acted] as the spiritual matriarch of the family. [I ended up writing a song] about her on our first album called Nora. When I think about anything that’s happening with me musically, my thoughts usually revert back to my mother and my grandmother.
What would be your advice to an aspiring traveling musician?
My advice would be just to get out there and play as much as you can. You just get better and better. Your playing gets better. Your singing gets better. Your song writing gets better. Your perspective and focus gets better. [You] learn more about yourself. The more you play, the better you get and there’s just so many different other attributes that come with that. plus if it’s a person that likes to travel seeing places and new environments [will inspire] new songs.