British-born singer/songwriter ANDY MAYO sat in the hot seat of the famed quizmaster.
1. Give us your life story in 30 words!
Born London; adventurous family; experienced Jesus; guitar, first songs; China, caravan; design degree; married beautiful artist -Faye; taught design; call to Serbia; war; opened mission centre; Jesus-changed lives; two sons...
2. Where did you pick up your jazz influence?
Soho jazz festivals to gypsy friends in the Balkans.
3. You have now lived in the former Yugoslavia for seven years. Is there such a thing as Yugoslavian Christian music?
Yes, in fact 'Dreams Of A Homecoming' is arranged and mixed by a brilliant Christian artist -Stanislav Majerski... There are very creative people who love Jesus and who are using their music to communicate powerfully inside of their culture. In the mission centre that Faye and I are leading in the north of Serbia, a number of us have worked together to set up a recording studio as a facility for recording more of this music.
4. Do you prefer hotdogs or hamburgers?
A favourite breakfast with my little boy Elliot is a shared hotdog on our front step in the early morning sunshine. It's the company that makes a meal for me.
5. What Scripture verse has most inspired you?
For 'Dreams Of A Homecoming', this has to be the verse in Luke 15: "While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and... ran to his son..." This is a moment of homecoming, of love shown without condition... A picture of a restored relationship with "a father whose arms have long been held open..." An image of the love that our heavenly Father waits to lavish on the one who will turn to him. I have experienced that homecoming -something for which many only dream of from a distance -but my prayer is that many will come to that place of restored relationship and forgiveness in the embrace of the extravagantly loving Father.
6. Are you related to Simon Mayo?
I believe so -I think more importantly, it is rumoured that our mutual great-grandfather invented a famous salad dressing.
7. What's your favourite song on 'Dreams Of A Homecoming' and why?
Each song has come out of a specific situation -a snapshot of a moment. I wrote "Coming Home" after a girl who had been devastated by the wars around us, in tears and with arms raised to the Father who loves her, prayed to experience the cleaning, forgiveness and new life that he waits to give. This song is where the album is going. My prayer is that others will experience the ultimate of homecomings as they listen to the message of the CD.
8. Your lyrics are rather poetic. What writers have influenced you?
From Jeremiah to Jack Kerouac.
9. Have you ever played a Christian festival?
Yes, including Cross Rhythms after the release of my first album, 'Cafes And Trains', GrassRootz, etc.
10. What's your next album going to sound like?
Exciting, eclectic, eccentric! Fantastic musicians including Buster Birch (percussion) and Pete Ringrose on bass are joining me for the next recording. Just today, five of us have been experimenting, developing, arranging new material -bouncing musical ideas around -we are beginning recording next week but the material will not be available for release for a few months yet as we hone the sound together... We'll keep you posted!The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.