Tony Cummings reports on the steadily growing success of Ohio-birthed, Nashville-based band ME IN MOTION
Nashville-based power trio Me In Motion are currently getting Cross Rhythms radio airplay with their song "Leaving Here Some Day". The band have been making steady progress in the US, touring with high profile acts like the Newsboys, Pillar and Sanctus Real while their lead singer, Seth Mosley, has risen to prominence as a songwriter having co-written the recent big hit for the Newsboys, "Born Again". Seth spoke to the website louderthanthemusic about the group's unusual name.
"Me In Motion is the summary of our mission for the band: to inspire people to not be complacent or apathetic with their life and their faith. We believe that God has an active purpose for every single person that is born, and that purpose be to get up and be movers-and-shakers to impact the generation around us for the Kingdom. It came from a quote from an author named Leo Tolstoy, that says 'Everybody thinks about changing the world, but nobody thinks about changing himself'. We believe that this change starts inside, deciding to live a life of love, the life that Jesus called us to live when he gave the greatest commandment, to 'love God, then love others'. It could be a lifestyle as simple as sitting by the lonely kid at the lunch table, helping your neighbour with a job, or just to give someone a much-needed ear. Our band has a challenge to our audiences, in one question: 'What would life look like if we REALLY lived out our faith in Christ?'"
Me In Motion consists of Seth Mosley (vocals, guitar), Tim Wilson (bass) and Brian Dexter (drums). They were formed in Ohio in 2006 and toured extensively around the midwest region gaining support. In 2008 the band attracted the attention of hitmaking CCM producer Ian Eskelin, who signed a developmental deal with the band. Word Records released an EP with Me In Motion. Centricity Music then signed the band and bought the masters to their full length in early 2009. MIM's first full length album was released in March 2010.
The 'Me In Motion' album has a surprising musical and thematic coherence. Said Seth to GodTunesReview, "Our debut record, somehow all pieced together over a few years in the making, ended up having a common theme of making a difference with our faith. It is really a challenge album, to inspire people not to be complacent in our walks with Christ, to really LIVE it out. The inspiration came from being on the road and seeing how many hurting people we met at our shows. We know more than ever that the world needs REAL Christians, because we (as Christians) have unfortunately given ourselves, and Jesus, a bad name. A lot of people think of it as a joke, and that is sad. The world needs to see that our faith is real, and impacts every part of our lives."
Seth is adamant that their constant touring since their formation has honed their sound. "I don't think there's a much better education than what you get being on the road. A few years of being a travelling band sleeping on couches and floors and hearing so many different life stories has an effect on you. It all figures into what we sound like and write about now. Musically, we've landed in a place that's a lot more straight up rock 'n' roll than we would have done before. But that's because we've discovered it's what we love to play live and we've embraced the 'less is more' philosophy in a musical sense, just stripping it back and rocking out."
Apart from their turntable hit "Leaving Here Some Day", Me In Motion's album contains another standout in the song "Losers". "'Losers' is a banner song for anyone who has ever felt rejected by their peers, whether it's because of how they look, something that's different about them, or because they're trying to follow Jesus in a world that looks at that as strange. But the song is also a callout for us to open our eyes and see the 'least of these' that Jesus talked about who are all around us. My favourite line in 'Losers' says, 'Maybe that's a four-eyed Jesus, coming from a broken home...'. So the song is saying let's look at people through eyes of mercy and compassion as Jesus would and let's love them as if they were Jesus because he told us as we do unto them, we do unto him."