Mike Rimmer put the questions to Sally Mytton of EXALT
Mike: How long have the band been together? Describe what it is that you do.
Sally: Exalt was formed in 1998 and is Saltmine Trust's youth arts team. Our main aim is to communicate the Christian message to young people in relevant ways. We mainly work in secondary schools taking RE lessons, assemblies, lunchtime concerts, dance/drama workshops and performing our 21st Century Show at the end of the week. The show combines dance music, drama, street dance and video with the feel of a TV show on stage.
Mike: It must have been exciting having the CD released. How does having your debut CD help what you're doing?
Sally: It's brilliant when you see kids singing along to the songs during the show, but knowing that they can take them away, listen to them again, read the lyrics, etc is so exciting. The message can go on speaking to them long after we've moved on to the next school.
Mike: What memorable moments occurred when you recorded it?
Sally: One of the most memorable moments was at about 4am one night in the studio. Ruth had one more line of a song to record, but could not quite hit the note. After several takes we decided to pray about it. After praying Ruth hit the note perfectly the next take. God was definitely with us in the studio during recording! The best moment for me was the day the CDs arrived. The Parcel Force man said he'd never seen anyone so excited to receive anything. We had to restrain ourselves from kissing him!
Mike: What about future plans? Any albums perhaps?
Sally: We'll be producing the 'Exalt Greatest Hits' album later this year - only joking! We haven't got any plans for an album yet, but who knows what might happen in the future? We are hoping to expand the team and are currently looking for a male performer to join us. For details contact Saltmine Trust.
Mike: Who produced 'Inside Out'?
Sally: The CD was produced by Stuart Hoaen and Jez Nun. You can find out more about them on their website (www.gybe.org.uk) Stu used to be in Exalt and now has his own business and is interested in producing for other Christian artists.
Mike: Can you tell us any interesting stories about Steve Best?
Sally: I asked Tim Benton (Steve's old Saltmine room mate) and he told me that sharing a room with Steve Best should carry a government health warning!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.