GlassByrd combines the unique talents of Common Children frontman Marc Byrd and solo artist
Christine Glass to create one solid modern worship team. The duo sat down for us recently
to answer a few questions about their debut Open Wide This Window, marriage, and
This interview took place on: June 10, 2003
Jesus freak Hideout: GlassByrd introduces the collaborative talents of Marc Byrd and his
wife Christine Glass. However, this project isn't the first time you
guys have worked together. A couple years ago, you recorded a few songs
under the name of "Adore". What happened with the name change and the
shift from a planned Adore project on Essential Records to a GlassByrd
release on Warner Christian?
Christine Glass Byrd: We found out that the name Adore was already taken by a
number of other bands, so we were forced to come up with something
original. As far as I know, there were never any plans to release a
full album on Essential. Someone at Word heard a copy of a few songs
that we had recorded together and approached us about signing there.
JFH: How would you say GlassByrd differs from your two previous individual
projects (Christine's solo career and Marc's band Common Children)?
Christine: GlassByrd is more overtly Christian and intended to speak to
a broader Christian audience. We were interested in exploring what we
all have in common, rather then focusing on extremely personal issues.
Also, it is a thank you to the audience who embraced God of Wonders.
Marc Byrd: It's more mellow.
JFH: Do you have plans for any more Common Children or Christine Glass
You never know!
The future is wide open. Who knows?
JFH: Marc, your work on City On a Hill was something completely different
than anything you had done at the time. Has the success of "God of
Wonders" felt surreal in a way to you?
"God of Wonders" surpassed my wildest dreams. At the time when I
started writing it, and then once Steve and I had finished it, we both
thought that it was probably a good song that a good chance of being
doomed to obscurity. All I can say is that I'm thankful and grateful.
And its wonderful to see a song that was written from a broken and
honest place being received by so many.
JFH: Open Wide This Window is a delicate project with a lot of vulnerable
themes of brokenness and mercy being conveyed through worship. Have any
specific experiences inspired these themes?
Sure. Our family struggles, our meeting and marrying, being
involved with City on a Hill - all of these things factor into the
record. There is the experience of mercy and living a life of faith
within the context of a broken world.
JFH: Do you see GlassByrd as a long-term project or kind of a side project
from your other endeavors?
Christine: I see it as just one more step in a (hopefully) long career.
We would love to make another GlassByrd record if this one sells enough
for our label to keep us.
JFH: What is your favorite song on Open Wide This Window?
Christine: Mine is "Mercy."
Marc: "Peace To You"
JFH: How has marriage changed your life?
Christine: In so many ways. Fundamentally, my relationship with Marc
has given me hope. It is easier to believe in a loving Father when you
have someone who loves you so well right here on earth.
Marc: Marriage has brought joy to my life and humility. It has given me
a center, a point of reference, a home.
JFH: My fiance and I are finally tying the knot on June 21st, what kind of
advice would you offer to newly weds?
Christine: Congratulations! Get some pre-marital counseling from
someone you trust. And don't be afraid to fight every once in awhile.
And small kindnesses go a long way.
Marc: Let your wedding day be YOUR wedding day. And communicate!
JFH: What scripture verse has had the most impact on your day-to-day in
Christine: II Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of
fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." This is one that
I struggle with on a daily basis.
Marc: Colossians 2:2b-3 "That they may have the full riches of complete
understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely,
Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
JFH: What is your favorite movie?
Christine: Here are a few of my favorites: The Royal Tenenbaums, The
English Patient, Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Marc: The Seventh Seal, Crimes and Misdemeanors
JFH: What has been one of your all-time favorite on-the-road moments
Marc: Sleeping in the Joshua Tree National Park (with Common Children)
under the stars. We had no money and only beef jerkey to eat that
night, but it didn't even matter.
JFH: Do you have any favorite Christian artists?
Christine: Common Children!
Marc: Christine Glass, The Choir, Sixpence, L.S.U., Terry Taylor
JFH: I really appreciate your taking the time out of your busy schedule
to answer some questions for us. Are there any last comments you'd like to
Marc: Christian music is a gift and I believe its main purpose is to
encourage others in their own walk of faith. However, what we do is
nothing compared to those who, on a daily basis, comfort and aid those
in need. So we would encourage everyone, including ourselves, to be the
hands and feet of Christ in this world. Get involved in your community.
Put feet to your faith. Paraphrasing Brennan Manning, I would rather
see the church err on the side of too much compassion than too little.