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Interview with Christian sister band The Sonflowerz:
(1)How did the band start?
We grew up in a musical family, so it’s always been part of our lives. Elissa picked up the guitar when she was 14 and began writing songs. Soon after, we formed ‘The Sonflowerz’ with four other girls and began leading worship at our church youth group! -Becca
(2) What are from your point of view the biggest prayer requests right now for Christian musicians?
Sometimes people don’t realize that Christian musicians need prayer just like a pastor or ministry leader does. We spread the Gospel through music and it’s important that our entire lives represent Christ well. Prayer needs vary based on the person, but I think we all can relate to the need for spiritual endurance. Prayer for spiritual endurance is essential! –Becca
I know that prayer is a big reason why The Sonflowerz have been able to go forward in ministry for over 11 years now! We know it’s essential to staying close to God and be aware of the enemy’s schemes. My prayer request would be for grace in booking events, more bookings in 2012, and continued financial provision so we can keep going. Also, unity as a family ministry where our parents and husbands are involved. We are blessed by our prayer partners! – Elissa
(3) How is it singing, touring with your sister?
We are often asked how we get along so well on the road together. I think it reflects how we grew up. As a really close family, we did a lot together. Elissa and I have a great friendship and we share the same desire to see Jesus glorified through what we do. That makes touring and doing music together a lot of fun. -Becca
(4) What are the most important spiritual needs for Christian artists right now?
I think needs for Christian artists are spiritual renewal and connection within the Body of Christ. Many
artists travel so much that they become very disconnected from people who can ‘feed’ them spiritually. They are constantly ‘giving out’ which is very exhausting. Keeping focus and a pure heart in the purpose of being a Christian artist (which is to reach the lost) is often a struggle, when pressure to sell CDs and make money for a record label can be very strong.
(5) What are the most important matérial needs for Christian musicians?
Some of the material needs would be bookings, which can be hard to come by if you are just starting out, or when the economy is difficult. Events that the artist plays for is one of the main ways they make enough money to keep going as an artist. Another material need for an independent artist is volunteers to help the band promote concerts, book concerts, manage office work and things of that nature.
The biggest difference between an independent artist and ‘major label artist’ is that the indie doesn’t have a group of people working for them behind the scenes, so they need assistance in many areas. (We are lucky to have family helping us on and off the road!)
Other material needs are songs (inspiration to write!), and the right music equipment. Many artists have need for transport such as a bus or a van. -Elissa
Thank you very much to my dear « cyber sisters in Christ and friends » Elissa and Becca for graciously doing this interview. And don’t forget to check out their new CD « By faith » out September 13th!