Terrell speaks on what it was like working on his latest project, the challenges with making a live recording, and what advice he would give artists on how to balance your music and life at the same time.
Having already released several independent projects, now this album is being released nationally what was it like working on this one?
Terrell Taylor: It was a labor of love. With this project it was a live recording, so I had to being a lot of different people and elements on a live stage. It was a lot of work, a lot of prayer, and asking God to give me wisdom, to show me, direct me. But it started with a song, and sometimes the Lord will give me a song in my private time, my private worship times or during rehearsal.
A lot of the times, I will record them (songs), then go back and finish writing them, working on them. It was a process. Songs come through different times of my journey in God. It was great! I would do it all again!
What was the biggest challenge with doing a live recording?
Taylor: It’s definitely bringing it all together. My wife and I released it under our non-profit ministry (TNT Ministry), taking it one step at a time. We had to secure donors (people who gave to the project), there’s the financial responsibility also. I wore a lot of different hats; making sure the finances were together, writing the songs, producing the songs, getting all the music together. Having to put the band together, putting together the singers. It was definitely a lot of work.
The emphasis was making sure that the people understood the purpose of why we’re there. The most important thing was to make sure everyone has the heart and vision of whatever you’re trying to accomplish.
If you had to choose one or two favorite songs from this album, what would those be?
Taylor: It’s so hard to choose, but I can narrow it down to two. Number one would be “He Is Good” which is the title; because people need to be constantly reminded that God is a good God. Regardless of what we see happening around us, these are tough times, challenging times for people of faith, and people that believe in Jesus. Just to remind ourselves, that God is truly good!
The other is “His Promises Are Yes And Amen” a very simple song with a powerful truth. What God has said in his word is true, and what God has spoken over our lives, and we all have our assignment, responsibilities for the kingdom of God. And what God has said and spoken will come to pass as long as we keep believing and trusting and working.
What do you want people to take away from this album?
Taylor: I want them to take away, the simple reason I recorded this was for them to experience God’s presence. The album takes you thru a journey, singing about God’s goodness, how he is king all over the earth. Talking about the attributes of God, how awesome and loving He is. I just want the listeners to experience God’s presence. We live in a world where so much is coming at us (Twitter, Facebook), we lose opportunity to quiet ourselves and experience God’s presence. That is what I want the album to be for people.
What advice would you give to those trying to get their music out via social media sites without becoming consumed by the use of the sites?
Taylor: Focus primarily on how you start your day, really determines how the rest of your day will flow. I’m such a believer of having that quiet time with the Lord at the first start of your day. You have to work, you have to work on your projects, we write the music, put the songs together, so people can be blessed by it. We just have to find that balance, between family and how much time you put on your project and versus how much time you spend with God. I’m a big believer of having a good balance in life and determining what your priorities are. I would encourage all artists to have your priorities in line.