Jeffrey 2007 INTERVIEW
2007 INTERVIEW WITH ADAM JEFFREY
Note: Adam is on tour with Mitch McVicker 2007 on his Love Will Rise 18,000 mile music ministry road trip.
Early years and background:
~ Can you tell me a little bit about where you were born and your childhood.
was born in Paducah, KY into a family of musicians. My parents are
professional musicians, as well. You can read more about them @ www.terrymike.com.
I spent quite a bit of time on the road growing up, so traveling and playing
music are a lifestyle I am very accustomed to.
~ What were some of your hobbies or favorite pastimes?
writing (songs and short stories), using my imagination, playing with He-Man
and Star Wars toys, etc.
~ When did you start playing music.. and what do you now play..
singing on stage at 3. Started playing instruments around 5 or 6.
I now play piano/keyboard, drums, percussion, saxophone, and very little
~ When did God first impact your life?
tough to say, because I think He has been active in my life all along.
For me, it has more to do with recognizing His activity. I guess
I first noticed it in simple things as a child, like when I would lay on
an air vent and get chill bumps, or when I would lay under the Christmas
tree in the dark with only the lights from the tree. He was present
in the scent of the tree and the chill in the air from the vent.
Of course, I don't think I really understood that, but I don't think I
really do now either.
~ What do you most admire about your parents?
Again, this is really tough, because I admire so much about them. God has blessed my life with the two greatest parents on the planet. One thing that really stands out is the way they have always treated people. For much of their careers as musicians, they have made a living playing in bars and casinos. If you haven't been to any lately, you should, because they are great places to connect with hurting people who need to see God's love lived out. If you have, then you know there are a lot of weirdoes that hang out there. Mom and dad have always been good at loving the weirdoes, and the broken people that we encounter.
~If you went to college.. where and why did you choose that path?
College was a weird path for me, because I was very confused about what I was doing. Ok, truthfully, I am still confused pretty much all the time. I started at Murray State University in KY as a music major. Later, I moved to Mid-Continent University as a Biblical Studies Major, with a minor in psychology and counseling. This decision was based on confusion about what it means to be called by God. At the time, I thought God was "calling" me to do "ministry". I think what I learned was that God is calling all of us to do ministry if we are listening. Of course, I still have so much to learn.
Here and Now:
~ How did you and Mitch get connected.. and any stories to share on that.
I first met Mitch in Nashville several years ago. My dad and I were recording some songs that we had written, and dad was playing in a show at the Ryman. I found out that there was a concert in memory Rich Mullins one of the weekends that I was there. So, I went to the concert and talked to Mitch afterward. That was the last time I had any contact with him for several years. Then, out of the blue, he sent me a message on MySpace asking if I would be interested in singing and playing with him. There is no question in my mind that this is where God wants me at this point in my journey
~ What has it been like, life on the road?
Incredible! An absolute blast!!! This is the most musical and spiritual experience I have had the privilege of being involved with thus far in life. It is also very hard work! We drive several hours, set up massive amounts of equipment, play the concert, tear down the massive amounts of equipment, etc. However, it is so worth it!
~ And or your gut honest opinion of Mitch.
My gut honest
opinion of Mitch is that he is one of the most honest, genuine, artistic,
messy, focused, random, determined, loving, Christ-like guys I have ever
met. I could go on and on, but it might puff his head up too much!
~ What path is life leading you on in the near future?
I have no
idea... life is a beautiful mystery. Just when I think I have it
figured out is exactly when I realize that I was no where close. So, I
am finished with trying to figure or plan life out. Right now it
is day by day, trusting God with every bit of trust that I can conjure.
Life is good!
Miscellaneous - but asked anyway nonsense category..
~ How tall are you
~ Favorite soda
~ A favorite fast food meal
Culver's grilled cheese with frozen custard
~ a favorite home cooked meal
~ Where do you like to shop
don't (like shopping)
~ Favorite ice cream flavor
~ A favorite sport teams
~ a favorite movie
It's A Wonderful Life
~ a favorite song
Little Drummer Boy
you tell someone if they ask you why you have faith?
Why faith? I'm not exactly sure, but it has to be grace. God's unfailing love and mercies are more real to me than pretty much anything, and that must be a gift of grace.
was once asked: What is the most important thing you want to communicate
to people who may or may not be believers? Mitch said: "I think
that Jesus loves us desperately and compassionately, and He is not
really concerned with where we have been or where we are going or who we
are, but He will stop at nothing to make us His own, to save us.
And to not be scared of Jesus and the whole Christianity thing or be turned
off by it. Humans have fashioned Christianity, but Jesus is as attractive
as He ever was."
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