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Jon Davidson: Well, there's nothing quite like the energy of being on stage with my bands, running all over the place with my wireless mic, and putting on a show. Also, touring with a band is way more fun than sitting in a car with yourself, your guitar, and your merch person for a month. However, playing solo is logistically easier, and I feel like I'm able to bare my soul during shows in a way that playing with a band seldom affords.
Jon: Ever since I learned to play the guitar at age 13, I knew I wanted to write my own music. I started writing my freshman year of high school, although I wouldn't let the general public hear most of the songs to come out of that era. One early song of mine, "Going Home," actually stood the test of time and has ended up on a solo album as well as a Silversafe (one of my bands) album.
Jon: It is! The album contains seven classics I didn't write, and four new hymns that I did.
Jon: A couple more, yeah. Maybe for a future album.
Jon: You guessed it! From start to finish, the recording process took a year and a half. A lot of that time was spent on the piano and organ parts (I'm a hack at keyboard). I'm pretty pleased with the end result, though.
Jon: In the Christian music realm, I'm a huge fan of Tenth Avenue North, Crowder, and Switchfoot. I grew up loving Jars of Clay, Bleach, Jennifer Knapp, even some Steven Curtis Chapman. I'm also a huge fan of bands like Thrice, NEEDTOBREATHE, Live, Brand New...bands whose lyrics contain some of the most profound truths ever penned.
Jon: I would say David, a man who struggled, who sinned, who repented, who repeated the whole cycle again. Yet, through everything, God called him a man after His own heart. I would take David...hmm...probably to some hipster vegan restaurant in Portland.
Jon: I'm not a Christmas music hater, per se, but the cheesy stuff drives me crazy. I feel like after Thanksgiving, everything is fair game, but if I walk into a store in October and hear "Santa Baby," I'm walking right back out. As for my favorite album: Dustin Kensrue's This Good Night Is Still Everywhere.
Jon: Well, these past couple of years, I've been going through some significant health struggles. Last year, I tore my Achilles playing basketball, and was on crutches for four months. This year, I'm dealing with two herniated discs in my neck, as well as a whole slew of other unexplained symptoms that began a couple months ago. I'm currently being tested for all kinds of conditions, and it's actually forced me into a live show hiatus. God has been teaching me that I do a pretty decent job of trusting Him when things are going smoothly, but I have a lot to learn about trust when life isn't going the way that I'd planned. I'm learning that through struggles, through pain, through doubt, and through hard times, God shows up in some of the most unexpected ways. Hopefully, He can use my experiences to help others He's put in my life, as well.
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