From time to time at CCM Magazine, we like to get to know facets of our favorite artists apart from just the music that they create. Even though we recently profiled Meredith Andrews‘ dynamic new album, Deeper, we also wanted to know more about her as a person—her listening interests, her reading habits and why she’s particularly focused on learning about food.
What are you reading?
I’m so good at starting books and so bad at finishing them—but I’m currently reading four books. I’m reading Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko. Then there’s It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. It’s the Whole 30 book, because I’m doing Whole 30 at the moment. Then I’m reading a book called Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson. The last book I’m reading, and this is out in left field, is The Untold Story of Milk. It’s about the history of milk and why they started pasteurizing milk and how raw milk is really good for you. I’m fascinated by food and health—essential oils and real food, fermented food and raw milk, etc. There’s a farmer in town that I buy from. I get milk and eggs and stuff like that from him. It’s all really fascinating to me.
What are you listening to?
I’m listening to the same thing I’m always listening to. I just have my go-to, so every since the Bethel Music record We Will Not Be Shaken, I’ve been listening to that. Then if I need to get my jam on, whatever that means, I’ll probably listen to Taylor Swift. Jesus Culture just came out with a new record, and I haven’t listened to the whole thing, but what I have heard is awesome.
What’s your go-to snack or comfort food on the road?
Right now, I’m drinking bone broth. [Laughs] Everybody’s going to be like, “What?” I really like it, but that’s usually hard to come by on the road. I get it from Porter Road Butcher, or I just make my own. I also eat the caramel and almond Kind bar. I still really like to eat healthy, but I’ll eat Kind bars and drink a Kombucha. “Who is this person,” right? It used to be Cheez-Its, but not it’s now more healthier fare.
Where are the favorite 2-3 places that you’ve traveled?
I would say Hawaii, since we went there on our honeymoon. I’d probably say Guatemala. I’ve been to Denmark and a few other countries in Europe, but I’ve never been on a pleasure trip. It’s all been mission trips. But Guatemala, I almost moved there after college. I visited a ton. There was an orphanage I did some work in, so that’s why.
In moments when you have no expectations placed on you, what do you love to do?
I can read or go to Whole Foods. [Laughs] I can be super task-oriented, so I’ve just learned that you have to do things not because you have to check it off of a list but just because you’re feeding your soul. I think for me, reading or going for a walk is doing that. When we moved to Nashville, I got a bike from Target and I think in the Spring I want to take a couple hours each week and ride the bike around the neighborhood.