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Nate Parrish: Definitely, it just made sense. We are both musicians, we're married, but it has been a challenge for sure. When we met, she was touring around as a singer/songwriter and I was playing in Worth Dying For getting ready to go on our first national tour, so the timing made it a little difficult, but here we are! We don't fight much, but when we do, it's usually over music! She was a music major in college and has a background in classical piano, whereas I am a self taught musician with a background in punk rock, so it makes an interesting mix.
Nate: Actually, we had just finished tracking the PARRISH album on a Friday in February and started tracking the Kingdom album three days later, in the same studio, with the same producer, my brother in law Matt (Math) Bishop. So it was literally simultaneous! As far as both bands existing at the same time, that's the plan! I love playing in Kingdom and I'm excited to see where PARRISH can go. Rachel and I are looking forward to getting out there and leading worship and continuing to write and record.
Nate: I have always been a fan of guys like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and guys like that, my momma raised me right! Before joining Worth Dying For, I was playing shows as a singer/songwriter and was heavily influenced by the songwriting of Mike Ness and Social Distortion. I've always loved combining country and folk with the attitude of punk rock. When I met Rachel, she was doing her own solo music as a singer/songwriter and it just came naturally when we wrote together that it had that kind of folk/country sound. It's in our bones.
Nate: That's my favorite too! That song was written way back in 2010 in one of the most difficult times in our lives. We had just gotten married and were looking for a house to buy while temporarily living with Rachel's parents. My band was about to release our big sophomore album, life was going just as we planned… you can guess where this is going. The same day our offer on a house was accepted, my band was dropped from the label, essentially ending my stream of income. Then a week later, Rachel lost her job. So we found ourselves both without jobs, newly married and living with her parents, super lame. In the midst of all of this, I rediscovered my faith and started writing songs again. Not to finish an album or because I had a contract to fulfill, but because it's the only way I knew to get through it. It was by far the easiest song I have ever written, it was also the first time I sang in front of Rachel. That song for me signified the next chapter of my life by taking me back to my roots, musically and spiritually.
Nate: I remember sitting on the coach thinking we needed to cover a hymn, and nothing but the blood came to mind immediately. I picked up my guitar, had a melody line in my head and 5 minutes later it was done. I had Rachel listen to it to make sure it didn't suck, she tweaked a few notes and there ya go!
Nate: Rachel is basically a hymnologist; she loves hymns. We really like Johnny Cash's "My Mother's Hymn Book" album. It would be sweet to do an arrangement of "Old Rugged Cross."
Nate: We approach our songs as worship songs, even though musically speaking, they may be out of the norm for congregational worship. Lyrics are very important to us because at the end of the day we want people to hear and learn and be able to engage in an encounter with Christ. So if you ask us, we will say our songs are worship. They may not all be for congregational worship services, but they all point to Jesus. Honestly, a lot of modern worship is ambiguous and could easily be about a boyfriend or girlfriend; we're not into that. We never try to write certain songs for certain audiences necessarily; we just write songs about Jesus that we would want to hear.
Nate: We have a few coming up this fall, we would love to play more, so if you're reading this... get on it!
Nate: We hope that it can be a bridge between Jesus and whoever is listening. Music is the greatest vehicle for communicating a message. Our message is that there is hope and redemption at the cross of Christ.
Nate: Rachel has recently picked the Ukulele; she's already shredding away on it! I used to be pretty resistant to the ukulele thing, it seemed too cutesy to me, but I'm coming around to it. Plus, she's really cute when she plays.
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