Matty Mullins: The Memphis May Fire man's surprise Christian music project

Monday 8th May 2017

Tony Cummings spoke to the Nashville-based singer and songwriter MATTY MULLINS

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Matty: I hear that all the time, from every angle - the record label, the management. The point that I've made pretty clear is that I don't care about money or success or fame. If I can't use my platform that I have to share Jesus with people, it's simply not worth it for me to do it anymore. I've been touring for 10 years, and I've seen the world. If I can't share my faith - the foundation of my life - I'd rather be at home with my wife. As much as they may not like hearing those things all the time, I'm going to keep talking about it.

Tony: "Ghost In The Mirror" was used on the soundtrack for Saw 6. Surely you didn't like that film.

Matty: You know what was funny? That was our first big thing that happened really early on, but none of the songs on that soundtrack are in the movie. I think the movie just had background noise or instrumental music, so they just picked a bunch of heavy metal bands to put on the soundtrack. It was cool to say that we had featured on a motion picture soundtrack, but the song wasn't actually in the movie.

Tony: The title track on 'This Light I Hold' features Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach. He of course recently committed his life to Christ.

Matty: Yeah, that's how we got connected. We were presenting an award together at the Revolver Awards in LA, and before we went on stage he said, 'We haven't met but I know who you are and I love what you do in the music scene. I want you to know I'm a believer and God's changing my life.' I went, 'Whoa, man, that's so awesome!' So we connected on that level, stayed good friends, and he sang on one of the songs on the Memphis album. We're big supporters of Papa Roach because of that connection.

Tony: Would you say the mainstream music world is a hard environment to live out the Christian life?

Matty: Not necessarily. From an outsider's perspective it would seem that way. But the guys in my band are all very respectful. We're all in our late 20s or early 30s at this point, so our time on the road is pretty relaxed. When people ask, 'How do you keep your faith on the road?' my answer has always been, 'I don't. My faith keeps me.' The one concrete thing in my life, my relationship with Jesus - the anchor of my soul - I have nothing without that. I tried everything else in my younger years, when I was chasing fame and success. I fell flat on my face and realised none of it was worth it. For me to say, 'I do this and this to keep my faith, and I stay in the Word,' - of course I'll read, and I'll listen to sermons, but God is with me everywhere I go; so, for me, it's more my heart breaks for anybody out on the road who doesn't have a relationship with God. They don't know what they're missing; they don't know the peace and the serenity that comes from being in relationship with the creator of the stars. Come on, man - that is the greatest thing in the world. So instead of the road taking a toll on me, what takes a toll on me is knowing so many people that don't know Jesus, and wanting them to have that same relationship.

Tony: Now you've got this solo album out, will there be much opportunity to do solo gigs?

Matty: It's not very likely. I'll dedicate whatever time I have off to this project. I went on a short radio tour, visited about nine stations in four days. I brought out my friend Micah, who plays guitar for Hawk Nelson. It was really great, and I'll do that as much as possible, but actually creating a live show and putting together a band - all the prep work that goes into it - I don't have time at this point in my life. If God shuts one door to open that door for me, I'll walk through it. But at this point I know that he loves the fact that I can use my opportunity in Memphis May Fire to be a light in a dark place, and I'm going to keep pursuing that till he tells me not to. I don't plan on touring it, but this whole project has been a miracle so far, so I wouldn't doubt it if God opened some amazing door and I end up out on the road. CR

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About Tony Cummings
Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.

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