In December, Mainstay vocalist Justin Anderson survived a severe head-on collision, thankfully walking away with some injuries, but also his life. Anderson has given an update on his condition, as well as the news of the band's success at radio and a planned break from the road...
"I just wanted to write an update to let the peoples know how I am doing after my recent car accident. The long and short of it is, I am GREAT! I am also in a GREAT deal of pain! :0)
My osteopath says that I have a lot of inflammation in my spine and that the ligaments are torn up. My back is healing, and with physical therapy and some more time, I hope to get back to normal. In the meantime, sleeping is hard, lifting stuff over 20 lbs. is pretty impossible, and I make a lot of "old-man-noises" when I get out of chairs or bend over. Needless to say, I am pretty useless right now!
But, I really am SO happy to be alive and walking and able to function. I can't say enough how grateful I am for God keeping me on earth and providing for me in this hard time. It makes me think off the countless fatal crashes and scenarios He has kept me safe from, especially in a band that has driven and flown hundreds of thousands of miles these past few years! It makes me grateful for the little things, like laying in bed at night - it sounds stupid, but I have realized how much I take the simple things for granted. Simple things like being able to walk, or the gift of sight, or tasting food, or having working appendages. I guess just find myself noticing things like that now, and it makes me realize how self-absorbed and petty I can be.
Mainstay was planning on taking a break from the road as of the new year, and now after the accident, it appears this break will be somewhat indefinite. As I am recuperating I have been writing songs like crazy, and enjoying that process, which remains my favorite part of music. That is a process that I don't think I could ever stop, Lord willing. Which brings me to my next point...
Our single "Believe" is number up to 5 this week! I want to say a personal thank you to all the radio people and music listeners who made this possible. What an honor! It has been so fun to do interviews lately, and I am so thankful for all the support of this song at radio! More importantly than numbers though, are all the stories that people have been sending in. Let me take this opportunity to say how blessed and humbled I am to hear about the numerous testimonials of heartache, struggle, pain, and loss, and how this song has resonated or helped people in their lowest times. So many people have sent in stories or encouragements that have made me realize why I do music. I am so blessed that our music can be a part of God encouraging people and drawing them closer to Him in their sorrows. With that, I say a humble, "thank you" to everyone who has supported this song and this record. We wrote the whole thing in the hopes of speaking into people's lives, especially in the hard times, so it is a tremendous encouragement to hear such affirmation of that happening!
Thanks again everyone for your prayers for me in this interesting time of my life, and for all your personal encouragements and affirmations! I really, really appreciate the prayers and concern... they make me feel warm and/or fuzzy inside.
God bless you all!
Please remember Justin in your prayers! For more about Mainstay, visit the JFH Artists Database.
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