Posted October 14, 2013 by Michael Ernest in Culture

7eventh Time Down talks about new album, passion for God

With the release of its sophomore album,  7eventh Time Down has proven to be a band to be reckoned with.

The new record, “Just Say Jesus,” is more than an album; it is a statement of faith and a declaration of salvation that comes from Jesus.

7eventh time down

7eventh time down

Right now the band is on the road, and I was fortunate to have a raw and honest chat with them while they are out touring in in support of “Just Say Jesus.”

Keep reading to see what they had to say about their passion for God, music, family and the kids of CURE International.

 What inspired the theme of “Just Say Jesus”?

What Jesus has done for us and what He is accomplishing in us in spite of who we once were.

How long did it take to record “Just Say Jesus” and how was the recording process different from your debut, “Alive in You?”

We recorded this album really quickly. From the first time we hit record to the time we got the masters back was about four months. “Alive in You” was a lot slower. It took over a year. We were really trying to figure out our sound back then, so it was slower. The processes were similar. Just trying to write great songs.

Mickey, since that you produced eight of the 10 songs on this album, what was the most challenging part for you? The singing, writing or producing?

It was all challenging. The pressure from doing all that was a lot at times, but I have an amazing wife, band and team around me that helped me get through it all!

Each of you must have a personal favorite from this album–that song you relate to the most. Care to share?

“Just Say Jesus,” because every week we get stories from people telling us how God has used the song to impact them.

You guys have been on the road since August and you still have upcoming shows. What are you looking forward to the most, and what will you miss the most when your tour is over?

All the friends we meet on the road are so awesome! It’s still so humbling when people know the songs and want to come out to see us play. We are super grateful for them. Looking forward to being at home though!

Tell us about your involvement with Cure International.

Cure is amazing. We’ve been involved for about nine or 10 months, and some of the events we’ve been able to be a part of with Cure have raised money to cover almost 40 surgeries for kids in third world countries. Kids that couldn’t walk are now dancing for Jesus. Teen girls born with cleft pallets are now able to look in the mirror and see themselves as Christ does. Beautiful!  We are eternally grateful to be able to help in some small way with the huge work God is doing through Cure.

What is that one Bible verse that never leaves your hearts?

Lately, it has been Acts 4:12

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

“Religious and Famous” was a revelation for me. I’m keen to know the story behind it.

The day this band becomes more about lifting ourselves up instead of lifting Jesus up is the day we quit. We want to make the name of Jesus the focus of everything we do in our band and in our lives. We got to share what Jesus has done for us in this song and how we have no choice but to tell others. We love playing this song. And we are really excited to share it with everybody.

You featured KJ-52 on “Free.” How was this awesome song birthed?

We have toured a lot with KJ-52 over the years and have become great friends. We let him hear the demo backstage one day and asked him if he could help take the song to another level. WOW! We’re still impressed. He did a great job and was awesome to work with.

What do you hope fans (old and new) take away from “Just Say Jesus?”

We hope to continue to be a part of the conversation that is ushering in the kingdom of God and inspiring people to live like Jesus. We hope people listen to our music and feel moved to do the same thing.

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