Phone Interview with Michael Gungor Plus 3-CD Giveaway!

May 17, 2010 — 15 Comments

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TO BE ENTERED TO WIN A FREE COPY OF GUNGOR’S NEW ALBUM, SIMPLY WRITE YOUR FAVORITE WORSHIP ARTIST/GROUP AND A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF WHY IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.  FOR A SECOND CHANCE TO WIN, RT ON TWITTER OR RE-POST WITH A LINK TO JONATHAN SIGMON ON FACEBOOK. WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED AT RANDOM. CONTEST ENDS THURSDAY, MAY 20TH AT MIDNIGHT.

Maybe you have never heard of Gungor, but my advice to you is to take a listen!  I got the privilege of doing a phone interview with Michael Gungor, the lead singer of the band, and got to ask him a bunch of questions.  Some of them were serious and some were just for fun.  I hope you will enjoy this podcast-style interview, which I’ve posted below (no visuals, really).  I’ve also posted the questions and a few highlights of Michael’s answers below.

Gungor Interview with Jonathan Sigmon from Jonathan Sigmon

Tell us a little bit about your faith journey and your music.

I’ve grown up in the church and following Christ, but what that means has definitely changed…

What is your favorite t-shirt?

V-necks.

What’s it like to work with your wife? Is it hard to transition between work and fun?

“We both have the musician temperament and so sometimes the ordinary life skills come more difficult.” Yep.

Your album is called Beautiful things.  What would you plant in your garden if you were growing something?

“I would plant peace in my garden.” 🙂

What’s the goal of your music?

The content and the message are important, but the artwork was just as important as that artwork.

Interesting quote: “If music is just about the lyrics, then the music is basically just propoganda.”

What would you say is the purpose of a corporate worship gathering? (9 minute mark)

To gather to remind ourselves what we are supposed to be doing.

“WWJD?”

🙂

How do you respond to criticism, whether it be to your music, what you stand for, etc. What do you do with that?

“We should be willing to say ‘I disagree with you.’ It’s sad to see people who argue for a God that doesn’t love everyone.

Sometimes worship music is criticized for being overly simplistic. On a whole, do you think it should be more musical or more simple? (14:30 mark)

“Be diligent with your craft and be who you are and called to be. Don’t try to fit some other sort of mold.”

What if God was one of us? Just a stranger on a bus? Trying to make his way home?

🙂

What advice would you give to local worship leaders?

I would encourage local worship leaders to remind yourself of the heart of what you are trying to do.  Remember the big story we are a part of.

Describe your concerts that you do outside of the church. (18:30 mark)

The “Beautiful Things Events” have a different kind of worship…

What’s the most challenging thing about leading worship on a regular basis?

The most challenging thing is that you are constantly pouring out.  Worship leaders need to have times where they are filled up too, to avoid becoming jaded, dry, or cynical.


I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Michael better. Pick up Gungor’s music from iTunes here. You’ll be happy with your decision.

WANT A CHANCE AT WINNING GUNGOR’S NEW ALBUM FOR FREE? COMMENT WITH YOUR FAVORITE WORSHIP ARTIST AND WHY BELOW.  IF YOU HAVE NEVER LISTENED TO WORSHIP MUSIC, JUST WRITE YOUR FAVORITE BAND.  OR…JUST SAY “GIMME A CD FO’ FREE! AND SOME WAFFLE FRIES!” 🙂

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15 responses to Phone Interview with Michael Gungor Plus 3-CD Giveaway!

  1. I think I’ve most connected with people like Michael Pritzl over time – imperfect people making imperfect music in a totally transparent way. Stuff that lacks the veneer of pop christianity and focus-group tested theology, and packs the unpolished punch of honest expressions of faith.

  2. Not to be bias and not to brown nose in anyway but I’ve taken a liking to Gungor. I’ve been listening too it for a little over a week now and when I’m driving and playing their album, singing along to words that are deep and have meaning, hanging on every word. Thinking about my life and how Christ is always there still hammering away at it to make it a greater masterpiece and he’s always watching over me and listening to ‘Beautiful Things’ feels almost like a reinforcement to what i know and believe to be true. And at the same time it’s worshiping the one who made me, I have to say and their (Gungor) songs are almost constantly in my head even when I’m not listening to them, but what is amazing is i’m not humming or quietly singing them in recognition of them, but of Christ and that feels amazing.

  3. I should get extra credit for introducing the interviewer to the music of the interviewee!

    These folks (Gungor)are good, transparent and not trying to sound like anyone else. All good traits! All traits that are not particularly common of worship bands I’m afraid.

    My favorite “worhip” artists are not strictly worship artists at all. Phil Keaggy, Patty Griffin, Buddy and Julie Miller, Josh Garrels and Bob Bennett. “Sanctuary”, by Twilla Paris has withstood 20+ years and is still one of my favorite (strictly speaking) worship albums. Likewise “Come to the Quiet”, by John Michael Talbot, which must be over 30 years old at this point.

  4. @ken Props on a Come to the Quiet reference. The album’s older than me, and I’m all about the rock and roll, but that album has had a profound impact on me.

  5. @Gotwalt – That’s why Ken got the shout-out on the intro to the phone interview. He may be criticized by most as “that old guy”, but he’s pretty solid when it comes to musical taste. 🙂

    @Ken – Did you listen? I made sure to give props where they were do. 🙂

  6. Carolyn thomas May 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I love phil wickham, Vicky beaching and Meredith Andrews. I really enjoy the songs that they write and their lyrics always seem to be relevant to what I’m going through…. Very soothing and relaxing worship… 🙂

  7. Free CD Please!

    Way to interview Gungor, Sig! It seems like he was a pretty interesting guy, is there an ‘off the record’ interview that went on? aka. did you guys get to talk at all? and how did all of this come about? Anyway, enough questions. Good interview. thanks for the heads up about this band. =]

  8. @Carolyn – Good to see you on here. I have never listened to Meredith Andrews, but have heard good things, so I will have to check her out. Vicky Beeching’s accent is enough to listen to in and of itself. 🙂

    @Sara – Thank you! I had a real good time with it. It came about through a post I put up on here promoting the band. His agency called me and said they’d like to do a CD giveaway and asked if I’d like to talk with him. I was very excited and said “YES!” I think you will really enjoy this band, knowing your style, Sara.

    Best of luck to all of you in the random selection. 🙂

  9. Free CD Please

  10. @Gotwalt- Thanks for recognizing that you need to understand the “roots” to appreciate the current. I’ve been working with Sigs with mixed results to date.

    @Sigs- I already have the CD, so when I win you can give it to Gotwalt! I have not listened yet (but will now of course)

  11. Wow, it’s really tough to mention a “favorite” worship band. But I’m going to have to go with Delirious. Cutting Edge forever changed modern worship. Do Delirious it is.

    Free CD Please! 😛

  12. I love The Lily Band. They take me straight into the Throne Room with their worship and though I have lots and lots of favorite artists, they are deep.

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