Eddy Mann is a Christian Country artist who has recently released the album Dig Love; here is a link to his website:
Q: When did you know you wanted a career in music?
A: Well I was an athlete when I entered high school and a musician by the time I left. Somewhere along the way someone put a guitar in my hands and it was decided. Over the course of a year or so I turned from a shy and quiet kid, into a confident, outgoing creative.
Q: What is the overall theme of Dig Love?
A: A little over a year ago I found myself in a season where I was writing a lot of material as a result of what I was watching and hearing in the news. So when it came time to pick the songs for the album I found that the songs had an idyllic, peaceful, compassionate theme running through it. Musically it had a more roots kind of Americana feel to it and that lent itself to the overall vibe.
Q: What kind of day jobs have you had and how do they influence your work?
A: As a young man I worked full time as a musician, but when I met my wife I wanted my children to know who I was and what I looked like so I went back to school to become an educator. A season later I received a call from an assistant pastor to create a new service at his church. That ended up being another wonderfully blessed season. Each experience we have becomes a part of the fabric of who we are. So I’m the musician, songwriter, and creative that I am now because of the people and situations I’ve encountered.
Q: What is your most unusual performance story?
A: Unusual doesn’t jump out at me, but unique does. In fact just last night at a meet and greet after a concert a woman came up who had just lost her husband to cancer. She really wanted to get out of the house and saw an ad that I was playing, checked out my website, and something drew her to the event. Afterwards while we were talking she shared how there were multiple moments during my performance that really touched her and gave her some comfort. They’re the kind of moments that can inspire and never get old.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: They’re really diversified. My father had a bebop quintet so there was always music in the house growing up. I’ve always enjoyed listening to a variety of styles. I really like the new Vince Gill album, Steve Gadd’s new one 70, Foy Vance has new one, Ed Roman, they’re all quite a bit different but they’ve all moved me.
Q: There is a lot of debauchery in the music industry, as a Christian do you ever feel conflicted with people you meet in the industry and the lifestyles they lead?
A: No, not at all. I live a compassionate, peaceful existence because it’s what inspires me, energizes me, and gives me purpose. I choose to live it as an alternative. So for me, I live my faith as an example of another path to follow and sometimes that intrigues others, and sometimes it doesn’t.
Q: What has been your biggest professional triumph?
A: That’s easy, that I get to live out my passion, the fact that I’m still making a comfortable living, providing a comfortable lifestyle for my family, and living a debt free life. Imagine that!
Q: What trends in music annoy you?
A: I’m a little disappointed in the lack of live outlets for younger musicians. I came up in an environment where I could play out every weekend. In high school I was performing regularly and was honing my craft. Those nights were invaluable to my maturing as a musician and writer.
Q: What sets you apart from other Christian country stars?
A: What sets us all apart is our personal journey; the people that we’ve met, the places that we’ve been, the joys, the sorrows, how we’ve gotten to this point in time.
Q: What is your theme song?
A: I’m A Blessed Mann
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