10 Questions with ... All Things New
July 27, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Garrett - Lead Singer
- Luke - Drummer
- Jeff - Guitarist
- Drew - Pianist
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1.Birthplace, hometown, schools, jobs, etc?
Garrett: I was born in Nashville, and moved to Florida when I was 9. I went to Lavilla School of the Arts for middle school and that is where my passion for music started. I attended Trinity Christian Academy where I got involved with the youth praise band and also led worship for chapel. I graduated from Pine Ridge High School, were I met our piano player Andrew. Now I'm back in my hometown of Nashville.
Luke: I was born in West Palm Beach, FL where I lived for six years. Our family moved to Deltona, FL to plant a church with another family where we still live and serve today. Growing up, I was heavily involved in sports, the church, and chasing girls around the playground. I went to local public schools and after graduating high school in '09, I started online college courses and worked full time at the best grocery store in the world, Publix. As God moved and opened doors for All Things New, I left Publix to pursue music ministry full-time.
Jeff: I'm Florida born and raised! My childhood was filled with skateboarding and drumming in a metal band. Outside of All Things New, I help with Marketing at my church and work construction. The band doesn't feel like a job so that doesn't count. I'm currently residing and (currently!) buying a home in Deltona.
Drew: I was born in Lakeland, Florida in 1991, a pastor's kid. My dad started a church with Luke's dad in Deltona, Florida when I was 5, so that is where I grew up. I went to Pine Ridge High School and that's where I met Garrett and we started leading worship together. In school, I enjoyed accompanying the school choir on the piano and being in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I then went to Stetson University in Deland, Florida for a degree in Music. In college I worked for a short time at Publix and then as a youth intern at my church. After college, I played a bit with ATN, but it just wasn't the right time for me to come back full time, so I became a piano teacher at the local middle school. Now I have been full time with ATN since summer 2014. I currently live in Deltona with Luke, but just found an apartment in Orlando with some friends.
2.What does a normal day at home look like for you?
Luke: When we aren't traveling, I like to soak up as much time as possible with my family. If I'm not in ATN practice, I'm hanging with my brothers, nieces, parents, or my loving-supportive fiancé. Things we do include: golfing, movies, eating sushi (my personal favorite), going to the beach, playing basketball, hitting the gym, and more recently, watching HGTV.
Garrett: I normally wake up and make breakfast, which usually consists of eggs, turkey bacon, and coffee. Then I head over to a co-write that can last anywhere from 2 to 8 hours. I'll come home after and try and grab a bite to eat. If I'm up for it, I'll go to the gym or go on a run. After that I like to read the Word and have some time to myself to reflect. Then...if I'm honest, I'll spend the rest of my night binge watching Netflix. :)
3.What's the song that you just can't get out of your head right now ?
Garrett: I find myself singing the song "Greater" a lot lately by the band MercyMe. I love the energy that song has!
Drew: I really like "Shoulders" by for KING & COUNTRY. The song is a powerful reminder that God carries our burdens. I'm a big fan of the sound their music is bringing to CCM. It's unique and fresh.
4.How much do you travel, what are the challenges? How do you juggle life on the road with wanting to be home?
Luke: We travel quite a bit and the biggest challenge for me is being away from loved ones. There are a lot of FaceTimes and phone calls.
Garrett: Some months are busier than others. Overall we are gone pretty often. There are many struggles on the road. It's easy to get caught up in the fact that people are coming out to your show and want to hear your songs - you can easily forget the reason you are singing the songs in the first place. The whole purpose of our music is to glorify Jesus. That's why I'm okay with traveling a lot, because of the ministry All Things New is doing and the fact that people need to hear the Gospel. If it weren't for that I'd probably stay at home and watch Netflix.
5.What Artist or Pastor has had the greatest impact on you?
Luke: The Passion movement as a whole brought a lot of healing into my life at a time I really needed it. Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, Chris Tomlin, Crowder... they've all played a huge part in my life.
Drew: Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Texas is definitely the pastor who has had the greatest impact on me. He preached at a camp in Alabama that my church went to when I was in high school and I have listened to him ever since. I have never seen a pastor who is more gospel-centered. All he cares about is Jesus glorified. He is so real and cuts to the truth about the Gospel and how it should affect one's life. I find myself listening to his sermons at least once a week. His book The Explicit Gospel is a must read.
6.What's the last book you read?
Jeff: Basic Christianity by John Stott. It's been giving me a better knowledge for the foundation of what I believe, the person of Christ, the work of Christ, and who we are in Christ.
Garrett: I am currently reading a book called Choose Love. It talks about the love of God and how we receive that love. It also goes into how we show that love to others in times that may not be easy. It has impacted me in my relationship with my band, to be constantly reminded that I need to choose to love the guys even on the days when we are tired and worn out and having a hard time.
7.Funniest or most embarrassing moment on the road?
Luke: Funniest moment for me to date was running out of gas in Montana, hitch-hiking with a semi driver with Jeff, getting the gas at a bar of all places, then hitch-hiking back in the back of a pick up truck driven by teenager with an impeccable mullet. Sounds like a good time, right? It was, I promise.
Garrett: Well the most embarrassing moment would have to be when I fell asleep while driving the van! We were on tour with The Newsboys and I was driving the early shift, and I told everyone they could go to sleep because I was totally awake. Obviously I wasn't, fell asleep, and crashed the van into the median.
8. Tell us about your latest project.
Garrett: The title of the record is The Good News. We felt like this would be a fitting a name for this project because that's what we are doing night after night. We're sharing the Gospel. That's why we do this. There is so much power when you combine music and the Gospel of Jesus Christ together.
Jeff: Good News shares the simple and amazing gospel that Jesus came and SAVED THE WORLD. Can't Hold Me Down is a cool song that speaks against the devil and his hold on us. It's a great reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit, and to live out our desires to please God and live for Him.
9.What organization/service group are you affiliated with?
Garrett: Food for the Hungry (FH) is a Christian organization serving the poor globally since 1971. FH reflects the love of Christ in short-term emergency relief and long-term work to end world hunger. I feel that as a Christian and follower of Jesus Christ, it is our duty to speak up for the ones who cannot speak for themselves and to love the least of these. This is a huge passion for ATN and it is so cool to see the life change that it is happening globally through FH because of Jesus.
Luke: I love working alongside Food For The Hungry because it's what we were called to do, stand up for those and who can't for themselves.
10.Person you'd most like to have a discussion with, living or dead.....Deities are excused from this question
Luke: The apostle Paul and King David. They just got it, that life is all about our relationship with Jesus and everything is about that.
Drew: I would love to have a conversation with C.S. Lewis. He is my favorite author. His writings are theologically rich, yet entertaining and accessible. He is able to communicate truth in such a poetic and beautiful way.
Garrett: I would love to hang out with Jackie Robinson. I played baseball my entire life and before music it was my first love. I wanted to become a pro baseball player as a kid and I think it would be incredible to talk with Jackie about baseball, but also about the struggles he had to overcome in his life.
Jeff: Denzel Washington. I need to see if someone is actually THAT cool in real life.