Former worship and youth pastor Kody Christopher and former LA club DJ Alex Christopher both felt the call to make a change in life and moved to Nashville, where they met at a Bible study in what seemed to be a stroke of destiny, and Young in a Million was born. The Gospel EP was released in April 2020.
Young in a Million
Pop, Alternative Rock
Kody: Minot, North Dakota
Alex: Jacksonville, Florida
Hobbies/Interests Apart from Music:
Kody: reading, climbing, take the old steel horse out for a rip
Alex: Golfing, Hiking, Hunting
Last Netflix Binge:
Kody: The Last Dance
Alex: Cloud Atlas
Coldplay, OneRepublic, Third Eye Blind, and Tons of EDM/House music.
Very First Musical Purchase:
Kody: Boyz II Men, II
Alex: Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory
CCM: If you had only five words to describe your new album, it would be…?
YIAM: Hopeful music resurrecting the soul.
CCM: Do you have a favorite song from the new album? Why?
YIAM: “Keep your lovin” It’s the most special to us because it’s our search for an authentic love story. The first half of the Gospel EP is really the “dark night of the soul” and the last half of the record is the hopeful aspect that follows pain.
CCM: What led you to pursue a career or ministry in music?
Kody: For me it was the first big performance I had as a solo artist and seeing the access that music gives to the human heart. It’s the one medium that seems to cut to the deepest part of us.
Alex: For some people they have dreams to pursue music for me it was more of a mandate that I felt I must pursue.
CCM: Do you remember that moment when you realized you wanted to make an actual career out of music?
Kody: Getting paid 20 dollars to do a top-line from some guy in Brazil.
Alex: 8th Grade in history class
CCM: What are your hopes for the new project?
YIAM: We hope that the music would be a gateway to experience the freedom and hope that is only offered by salvation through Jesus.
CCM: If you could potentially tour with any other artist or band (that you haven’t already), who would you choose and why?
YIAM: U2 has been a massive influence on both of us. As a singer (Kody) I related with his upbringing and story. Alex was reading his biographies as a kid.
CCM: What was the last song you listened to on your playlist or stereo?
Kody: “Ego death” by Ty dolla $ign/Kanye
Alex: “Best Part of Me” by Marcus Rogers
CCM: What was the last book you read?
Kody: The Role of Pastors and Christians in Government by David Barron
Alex: And David Perceived He Was King by Dale Mast
CCM: If you could tell the world about another artist/band to check out, who would it be?
Kody: Gerard Alain
Alex: Jacob Collier
CCM: What has been interesting to you musically lately? Perhaps something new to you in terms of listening habits or influences?
Kody: Anything with guitar, 90’s influence, any bands
Alex: Jacob Collier
CCM: Name a song that you wish you’d written (and why).
Kody: “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 seems to unify a stadium quite unlike any other. Also the melodies are immaculate.
Alex: I don’t wish that I wrote anyone else’s song other than my own.
CCM: How did you arrive at the name of your new album?
YIAM: Calling it the Gospel EP just seemed to be the most appropriate as all the songs/stories are a direct result of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We wanted to be very clear that this EP was meant to lead people to Christ in a unique way.
CCM: What can listeners expect in terms of the sound, style and lyrics?
YIAM: The sound ranges from alternative country to worshipful pop rock. Lyrically it is a very straightforward but it executed in an eloquent story form.
CCM: Who are your biggest musical influences?
YIAM: U2, Killers, Springsteen, the 1975, OneRepublic, Coldplay, and of course Claude Debussy
CCM: What was the songwriting process like on this record?
YIAM: We both brought our own songs and ideas and finished the lyrics together.
CCM: Are there any underlying themes or threads that tie this project together?
YIAM: Hope and Transformation
CCM: How important is your faith or spirituality within your music?
YIAM: It’s everything to us. It’s how we make our decisions, it gives us the reason to play the best shows we could ever perform and it motivates us entirely. It would be hard to overstate how important it is us, but it is our foundation.
CCM: What message do you hope listeners will take away from your music, regardless of what they believe?
YIAM: Our message to believers is that the gospel doesn’t stop at salvation, it has the power to transform our entire lives and infuses hope into our everyday realities. For those that may differ in their beliefs we simply desire that they would see how much hope and life we have found through Jesus in our personal lives and music.