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3 Questions with Robbie Seay

RobbieSeayBand-01-big Robbie Seay was one of the first worship leaders I connected with many years ago after I first became a Christian and was attending Metro Bible Study in Houston.  It has been fun to watch Robbie's career develop since that time and to have had the opportunity to partner with him for several events over the years.

I have always loved Robbie Seay Band's music, but once I had the opportunity to get to know him off stage, I became even more impressed.  Robbie carries himself with great humilty and seeks to minister to everyone he is able to connect with on and off stage.  Here are my 3 questions with Robbie Seay:

1) Who are the top 2 or 3 artists that have shaped your music and why?

Rich Mullins - he swam against the current of conventional Christian music in so many ways. He lived with abandon and beyond his career or fame. His songwriting covered all of life, rather than finding a niche of worship or singer/songwriter..he covered it all and never apologized for it. I miss him greatly.

David Crowder - David and I went to school together. He used to pick me up at 630am on Sunday mornings to setup the sound system at UBC, a church that my brother started my freshman year at Baylor. I saw his work ethic, commitment to songwriting and excellence. We got to know each other behind the scenes. His music has taken diversions through the years, but there is always 3-4 songs on each record that move me deeply - and inspire me to know Christ more deeply and to write from that place.

Travis - My favorite band hails from Glasgow, Scotland and I remember hearing them for the first time - it's that great moment all of us experience when we discover music we feel was made just for us. I have always loved their songwriting, the way in which they refuse to take themselves too seriously and their willingness to recreate their sound.

 

2) Having travelled the world leading worship and playing music, is there 1 memory that stands out more than any other and why?

In 2005, RSB had the joy of touring with David Crowder and Shane & Shane - all guys that came up together here in Texas. I still talk regularly with them today and so I look back on those 40+ shows we did together that fall with the fondest of memories. It's usually the time off the stage that stands outs and yet that was a tour I would sit out front for both of their sets and just marvel at the musicianship and honesty coming from the stage. I'll never forget that tour!

 

3) If you could tell young musicians and worship leaders 1 thing, what what it be and why?

I would use a megaphone and say: Stop comparing yourself!! Let the pressure of being something you are not fall to the ground. Recognize your talents and limitations and don't hold them up against anyone else. Work your butt off. Write. Rehearse. But more than all of this, Live.

I wasted some years consumed with my "career" and reputation instead of truly living.

I look at David, and he didn't sit around planning and scheming his set lists or devoting countless days to his style or reputation.

He lived.

He fought, He wrote, He sang, He ruled, He loved. He wasn't perfect. He confessed. He doubted God and ultimately trusted Him.

My hope for all songwriters and worship leaders (including myself) is that we reboot and start living. That is where worship comes from. That is the place where fruit is birthed in our life as we study scriptures, love our families, take adventures, serve the vulnerable, share great meals & commit to following the Holy Spirit where he leads rather than where our careers are directing us.

 

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Here are some other posts in this series:

3 Questions with Jason Caston

3 Questions with Becky Kiser

3 Questions with Peter McGowan

3 Questions with Tim Peters

3 Questions with Greg Smith

3 Questions with Mike Sharrow

3 Questions with Sophia Nasim

John Mark McMillan releases new album today! #jmmeconomy

As I think back to my top 5 ministry experiences, one of those has to be hosting a worship night with the Robbie Seay Band and John Mark McMillan about 3 years ago.  It was right as JMM was becoming better known and How He Loves Us was beginning to get some radio time.  That was a night I will never forget and I have followed John Mark's music very closely since then.

I was honored then when I was sent 5 of the tracks from his new album, "Economy", to preview.  Honestly, it's all I have listened to over the past two weeks and I think you will have the same experience once you download this album.  I encourage you to take a minute to watch the video below where John Mark discusses this album and then go to http://thejohnmark.com to purchase this great music.

Music Suggestion: Sweet 180

Over the past year or so I began hearing about a worship band in town called Sweet 180. I later received info about this year's Super Summer events and saw that they are on the lineup as one of the main worship bands. What really caught my attention though was running into Lucas Barrientes (accoustic guitar/vocals) in the parking lot at Trinity Baptist Church where I first began to hear the heart of the band. Lucas and Sweet 180 have a passionate heart for worship and impacting teenagers and young adults through the powerful message behind their music. I got to hear their music live for the first time at Praise Wave at Sea World where they opened up for Steven Curtis Chapman. Their song Hallelujah, Awesome God (which you can hear on their MySpace) has been stuck in my head since. I encourage you to get very familiar with this band and if you're in the Texas area and need a worship band, they would be one of the first I would call (if David Gregory is already booked).