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Christian artist…do you think this defines
you? or do you differentiate your art from
other art “out there”?
Because I record albums, there’s automatically an “artist”
label on me. But I really consider myself a worship leader.
The platform of my local church is my favorite place. I love
the privilege I have to lead God’s people into His presence.
how does God influenCe you as a person, an
artist and as one who ministers?
I would have to say that God is more than an
influence. He is the inspiration. I only do what I do because
of Him. I am always seeking a way to bring everything God
is into my songs and the experience of my worship. I have
found that simpler is better when writing songs and when
expressing God’s love to people. God loves us and He wants
to be everything in us and through us.
reGardinG your latest album, how is
it different from previous albums or
projeCts that you have worked on?
Well, I produced this one on my own for the first time. That
was interesting! The other thing that’s different this time
around is the rock, gospel feel where as before my sound
was primarily gospel. It’s definitely a mix of sounds. My
hope is that there’s something for everyone on this project.
I will tell you that this is the first project that my three
teenagers are actually sharing with their friends! They’ve
been so excited about this new sound for me!
musiCally and lyriCally, what was the
inspiration behind this album?
Musically, I wanted to create a new vibe that was
driving and upbeat and easy to sing on Sunday morning
at my church. As I was writing, I kept asking myself, “What
would the church sing?” The theme of this album is taken
from the title track “Pressing On.” The lyrics to the song
are “I’m pressing on cause I don’t want to live an ordinary
life...” We live in a society that is distracting to the point
that we can lose our way. When it comes to adversity,
our culture’s theme is: “only the medicated survive.” The
reality is it’s when we face difficult times that we have to
make a decision to get up and move on. We have to say
to ourselves, “I may not have all the answers to where I’m
going tomorrow, but I can’t stay here.” That’s why I wrote
the song “Pressing On.” It basically says when we follow
Christ, He gives us the strength to “Press on.” I have read
countless self-help books in my lifetime, which have all
been great resources, but my greatest resource through
difficult times is Jesus Christ.
what does worship mean to you?
That’s a big question. I like to define it this way...
having a heart after God. It goes beyond singing and
music, clapping and dancing. It’s a heart that’s surrendered.
The music is secondary. I want to be where God is and since
the Bible says, “He inhabits the praises of His people,” then
I want to be in His habitation... in His house.
5 Questions with Mary alessi