10 Questions with ... Trey Pearson
September 22, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Trey Pearson
- Carter Frodge
- 2001 Sleeper
- 2002 Stand Up
- 2004 Anthems For The Imperfect
- 2007 Wake Up! Wake Up!
- 2009 Best Night Of Our Lives
- 2013 New Beginning
1. Brief History / Synopsis
I was born and raised in the Columbus, Ohio area, and still live there today. I grew up in a small town, outside of Columbus, OH, called West Jefferson. Moved to the suburbs as a young adult, and after a handful of years, made my way further into the city, close to downtown. I started Everyday Sunday when I was 16, so it is mostly all I have known as a career. I did do some modeling and acting as a kid though, and have been in a lot of commercials, and on the covers of some Nerf boxes. :-)
2. What does a normal day at home look like for you?
I tend to usually wake up around 9 or 10. When we are on the road, it is usually at a hotel, where I see if I can still get breakfast, because they probably stopped serving it. Once I have coffee in me, I will look at my to-do list for the day, look through e-mails. A lot of the time this is juggled with my travel schedule, depending on where we are coming from and going to. After getting a handle on what all has to be done, Carter, my band-mate/production partner and I will block out time to work on music. Sometimes ours and sometimes projects we are working on for other artists. If we have a show that night, we will load in around that, sound check, and get ready for the show. Post show usually consists of getting food and hanging for a bit in whatever city we have landed in, and trying to see what we can before we head to the next place. By the time we wind down from the show, I aim to get to bed by 1 or 2 a.m.
3. What's the song that you just can't get out of your head right?
"Wolf Bite" by Owl City, and really his whole new ep, Ultraviolet, has been on repeat a ton in our traveling. The music moves me in a special way for sure. It also just seems to have a real feeling to the emotion behind the lyrics that go so well with it. I love pop music and good hooks, but I love when it moves you with emotion. Sometimes it's in a very fun way, and sometimes it's more reflective and vulnerable. I just want to be moved.
4. How much do you travel, what are the challenges? How do you juggle life on the road with wanting to be home?
We are typically on the road about 120 days (1/3) of the year. If you think about a firefighter who works 24 hours, and then is off 48 hours, he is at the firehouse about 1/3 of the year as well. It just looks different. Or if you work a 9-5 job, and you are there a third of your day (which doesn't include sleep time)... it looks different, but I am away from home about the same as any full time job. I miss home and my family when I'm gone, but I am extremely grateful to be so flexible when I am home.
5. What's the biggest "God moment" that you've ever experienced, personal or professional?
It's hard to know what a biggest moment is, but I don't imagine it can get much better than experiencing the birth of your children. I never knew you could experience true love at first sight until my daughter, Liv, was born. It can only change your life.
6. What's the last book you read?
The Meaning of Scripture by Adam Hamilton. Adam is the pastor of a large church in Kansas City, and tackles different questions that we either take for granted or don't think much about when it comes to understanding how we got the Bible, and what it means for us today. It definitely gave me more insight to understanding it, and how to go about reading it I think.
7. How & when did you become a believer. What caused you to want to serve God in full time ministry?
I grew up in a home with parents who are Christians. We went to church every week, and I have believed in God, and in his son, Jesus, ever since I can remember. I have always tried to love God, and honor him with my life, even though my understanding of that has obviously grown and changed as I have gotten older. When I was in high school, I felt like I wanted to do something to make an impact for the Kingdom of God in some way, but I didn't quite know what that meant. I went to Indiana Wesleyan University for a year, and I just really felt a calling in my life to do music as my vocation and as a ministry. I think, as Christians, every part of our life should be a ministry in some way, but I definitely feel like doing music was a special calling for me.
8. Take us thru a couple songs on your latest project, "A New Beginning".
"A New Beginning" is the title track and first radio single from the new album. It is an anthem to what God wants to do, and continue to give in your life with him as you seek the Kingdom of God, right here and right now in this life. The exciting thing about the Kingdom of God, is that Jesus taught for us to pray for it now. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven... We wanted to give this song the ability to be sung in a worshipful way by people, but done musically in a way that we love to create and listen to.
"The Spark" is a little bit different. We wrote that from God's perspective, about how we believe he feels about all human beings, who he's created in his image, and desires to come to know him... no matter who you are, what kind of home you came from, what part of the world you were born into; you are loved by God. He wants you to experience the Kingdom in this life, and to have hope of life beyond this one. It's also about our calling as God's people to be that light to the rest of the world who don't have that hope yet.
9. What organization/service group are you affiliated with?
On a worldwide level, we work with One Child Matters, an organization committed to helping people in need in impoverished, third-world countries. They send missionaries all over the world, showing the love of Jesus Christ to villages, providing food, clean water, medical supplies, education and more. We are very proud to raise support, and spread awareness to this organization. We are actually donating the proceeds from our single, The Spark, to One Child Matters as well to try be a part of making the difference.
10. Person you'd most like to have a discussion with, living or dead.....Deities are excused from this question.
Probably Moses or Peter, from the Bible.
1. Favorite Bible Verse....life verse?
It is really hard to have a favorite I think. But here's a great passage...
All things are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or the present, or the future-all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God. -1 Corinthians 3
The world is yours. Wherever God teaches you true things, it is all his truth, and it is yours to claim. Life and death are yours to claim. This passage is a wise exploration of how we can have a Christian worldview I think.
2. Funniest or most embarrassing moment on the road?
Too many to count! I fell through a stage once. It was wood, and it was obviously not built very well. Haha. I scraped my shins, but I had to keep the show going... so I did. Had to address the elephant in the room after the song obviously. Everyone was in more than good spirits about it. :-)
3. What artist or pastor has had the greatest impact on you?
Artist wise, Switchfoot and Onerepublic have probably had the greatest impact on me. They have shown me the kind of man I want to be as an artist trying to honor God with my music and to make a difference in the world for the Kingdom of God.