10 Questions with ... Matt & Rachel Lish
July 20, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
1. Brief history/synopsis
Matt: "I was born in Roseville, Ca, moved to Moab, utah at the age of 12. Moab is a small tourist town. Growing up in Moab, I suffered rejection, I never fit in, I was bullied by the popular LDS kids. Mormon kids are taught not to associate with other kids outside of their religion. Playing Christian music in the local Christian church was my refuge. I worked odd jobs, local indian galleries until around 28 ,when I started my own business making rustic furniture, which still pays our bills today."
Rachel: "I was born in Ogden, Utah, lived in Utah my whole life. I grew up LDS, and left the LDS church at 17. Gave my heart to the Lord in a pentecostal church in Layton, Utah. Grew up singing and playing a little piano. I signed with a Country Music indie label at 17, but my career was cut short when i got married and had a son at age 19. I now earn a paycheck as a pharmacy technician.
2. What does a normal day at home look like for you?
Matt is an early riser, so he gets up around 5 a.m. and makes coffee. I get up around 5:30 , he hands me my coffee, we read the bible and then we are off to work around 7 until around 5. We love to eat out and usually have a baseball game or two. We try to find time to write and play music just before bed around 9 , after our daughter, Eden, is off to bed.
3. What's the song that you just can't get out of your head right now?
Matt: there are soo many, many, wonderful Christian artists out there, our favorite song changes from day to day, but we always seem to gravitate towards Kari Jobe, and pretty much whatever she is doing.
Rachel: I am singing "What Love Is This"(Kari Jobe) on a daily basis, I just love that song!"
4. How much do you travel, what are the challenges? How do you juggle life on the road with wanting to be home?
We currently are looking forward to a new season where we will be traveling alot, but I can definitely draw on past experiences on the road.
5. What Artist or Pastor has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
We have been very interested in Brian and Jenn Johnson from "Bethel". We feel like we can relate to them, juggling a family and ministry. We draw a lot of inspiration from their testimony."
6. What's the last book you read?
Rachel: I just finished reading "Unveiling Grace", by Lynn Wilder. Its the story of a former BYU professor and her family, and their journey out of Mormonism and back to Christianity. This story was amazing to me, because growing up LDS (a mormon), I know how difficult it can be to leave the LDS church. It is more like your entire identity, or culture, rather than a saving relationship with Jesus Christ."
7. Funniest or most embarrassing moment on the road?
Matt: One story that comes to mind includes 4 guys, and 8 stinky feet, and hanging all of our socks out of the windows, while driving down the road to our next gig!"
8. Tell us about your latest single to radio.
Our latest single 'I Surrender Everything' , came at a crossroads in our lives. We felt we were not "hearing" Gods voice. We didn't have our direction with our music. It's the "waiting on God" that's sometimes the most difficult thing to do. But God always has our best interest, He knows how He will use our trials for His good. We don't always know what that entails (in fact, we almost never know what that entails), but this is how our faith is stretched in His perfect timing. We feel like our audience can relate to this.
9. Are you guys active in church service?
Currently we are serving as part of the worship team for "The Bridge Community church" in Centerville, Utah. Our heart is for the "broken-hearted and lost", who do not know the God of the Bible.
10. Person you'd most like to have a discussion with, living or dead...Deities are excused from this question
Matt: Billy Graham
Rachel: My mother (now deceased)
1. Favorite Bible Verse..life verse?
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you", Declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" because we were created for His glory. This verse lets us know that God has a plan for us, He know our past, present and future.
2. How & When did you become a believer?
Matt: I became a believer through music, when Keith Green came to my church in Moab, Utah, I realized God had a plan for me through music.
Rachel: I gave my heart to the Lord at age 17, when I learned about the true God of the bible, and the Grace that was sufficient for my salvation. God ministers to my heart through music.
3. What's the biggest "God moment" you've ever experienced? Personally or professionally, when has God shown up in a powerful way?
Matt: one year ago when God showed me that I would marry Rachel. I married her on my birthday (Christmas Eve), it was literally a gift from God.
Rachel: Yes, that is true, God literally interrupted our lives to bring us together, to work in His ministry through our music!