I AM. a musician. One thing you should know about the Christian music industry. It’s an industry. A business. Whether its “for Jesus” or not, theres a certain amount of money to be made and everybody wants too many slices for such a small pizza. I don’t have a problem with that though, everyone in this business wants to make ends meet and play music for a living!
That’s what I would like to accomplish.
It has been a trip coming from one side to the other. I’ll be honest, I was THAT guy at a christian rock concert. The guy that didn’t want to put his hand down all night for fear of losing the rock! Kinda like Moses holding his arms up and when he let them down, the israelite army started losing.. I was Moses in that moment and I was not about to let the rock show down! The transition to the other side though, was a crazy one. Something inside me just feels weird now doing any more than clapping when a band is playing. Maybe i’m trying to avoid the one day I actually meet them and things get awkward.
I realize now, there’s nothing wrong with trying to make a living in the “christian music industry” nor is there anything wrong with going crazy at a show so much that you become drenched in sweat! And it’s cold outside..
All of that to say, there’s another half to be seen. Where you see “rockstars” for who they are, and usually the problems they struggle with. Sometimes those problems can be huge. Why is my occupation such a glamorous one? And how does that even make sense in the Christian industry? beats me! But it affects people. That’s why I do it, that’s why the rest of my band does it. We can make an impact with the music we create. We can be open with people and say “I struggle, just like you.” We can be on stage in front of hundreds of people and tell them why they see us up there. Because we have a God that loves us and wants everyone in the audience to experience the same.
11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
(Exodus 17:11-13, New King James Version)