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.
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.
Do you feel like if someone has a heart for music, heart for ministry and worship, but they’re lacking a little bit on the musical side. Do you still think that there’s hope for them to achieve their musical desire?
Oh sure. They can always hook up with other musician[s] and song-writers [to] co-writing songs. a lot of [song-writers] can’t sing but they’re great lyricist. Networking with people and as much as you can with a [similar passion] would be very beneficial.
What are your long-term goals and visions?
To get on the road and do a lot of touring and spread the message to the live band. I’m really proud of [our new] record but I think [that] playing [it] live is going to have more impact. We’re looking to get on the road and do a substantial amount of touring. [I would also like to get] involved with different missions.
I just want to reiterate the message of our album The Mission Field. The last song in our album is called Back From the Dead. It’s a song about overcoming temptation, and sin. That’s one of my main objectives with this record to let people know that [it is] not hopeless. But [also that] you already have the victory through Christ. We have the victory over the things in our lifetime and the trials and tribulations that we’re going to face. If you’re saved and you believe in Jesus Christ then you have the victory. I want to make sure people go away listening to our record or coming away from our show believing that there is hope. I think a lot of times we forget who God is. We think our problem is big. But our God is way bigger than our problem. [Often] we can get blinded by circumstance and that’s just another lie of the Devil. It pounds in our heads that there is no hope. That’s a lie. I want this record to bring people hope.”
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