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Addison Road Interview

by Tracy Darlington

"It only takes one prayer, one moment to ask God’s forgiveness. He loves us AS WE ARE, not as we should be." --Ryan Gregg


Dallas based band Addison Road has recently released their sophomore album Stories, and Ryan Gregg took the time out of their busy schedule to talk with us about it!

Your bio says that Addison Road was an accidental band. Can you explain?

Well, I’d say that’s true and false. We all just kind of came together in college and ended up playing together, but I feel like we were all in the right place to find each other. I was in another band at the time and was actively looking to be in a band after college and really go for it. I met Jenny and Ryan at church and saw they had the same ambition. My friend Travis played guitar so I told him he should really pick up bass so we could be in the same band, and he did. It was accidental, but I have no doubt God knew what he was doing when we were all paired up.

Tell us a little bit about the song “This Little Light” and the special significance it has to you as a group?

That is a song I wrote . . . to me it’s my favorite song I’ve ever written. I was watching a movie with my wife when in the middle of the movie they started quoting the Dr. Seuss poem “Oh the places you’ll go”. It felt like the words just reached right out to me, it felt like it was speaking over someone as they were walking into life. But to me it was missing the element of Christ in their life. I couldn’t even finish the movie, I just grabbed a notepad and wrote out all the words on the spot. The next morning I grabbed my guitar and remember there was a children’s song about a “little light” and wrote the whole thing in one sitting. It really felt like God gave me that song and I’m so grateful for it.

Did you set out to have a purposeful impact on Christian music?

In some ways I’d actually say yes. First we just set out to write great songs that are truthful, but I’ve always felt secular music has had an edge over most Christian music. But in the past few years there have been so many incredible artists come about and put out such quality music that I really do think it matches up. We have been very intentional to put out the most creative music we possibly can because we love music and want to tell people things as truthfully as possible.

What are some changes Addison Road has experienced in the past year?

Wow . . . babies, fires, new drummers, robberies, near death experiences of family members. It’s been a crazy year but it’s been amazing as well.

Stories Addison RoadWas there a theme you had in mind when you recorded your album Stories?

I don’t know if there was a specific theme going into the recording but definitely as we were finalizing all the songs we really saw some powerful themes coming out of the songs . . . needing God, wanting more than the norm from life, trusting God would never let us go, letting your light shine even in the darkest dark

How is Stories special to you?

It’s incredibly special to me. We have literally been working on these songs and recordings for over two years, so it’s amazing to finally see the songs come to light and to have people actually hear them. We were so happy with how our last album turned out, but we really wanted to add some more organic elements to our sound and improve on things we did the first time around. We did our best to put out truthful songs that we were passionate about---we hope our audience agrees!

What has God has taught you in the last 6 months?

Wonder.Addison Road

Do have any advice for people trying to pursue their dreams?

Don’t give up. Just keep going, do your best and pray for God to give you direction.

Can you share with us a time where you really had to trust God?

There was a time in college when I was dating the wrong girl for the wrong reasons. There came a point where I knew I had to get out of the relationship no matter how hard it was going to be. To this day it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do but it was absolutely one of the best decisions of my life. I met my amazing wife just a year and a half later and I wouldn’t trade her for the world. We just had a baby daughter two weeks ago and it’s amazing to look back and see how God has had his hand on my life for so long. I’m so grateful for the blessings in my life but also for the trials that I was able to learn from.

Before you saved, who impacted the most for the Lord?

My Mom.

What steps can young people take to stay pure?

I think God is more concerned with our heart than with our actions. Meaning if you screw up, try not to do it again, ask for forgiveness . . . but get back up, know that when you ask for forgiveness God grants it. If you stumble don’t feel like it means you’re doomed or God isn’t big enough to carry you through. Do your best to trust and follow him.

Is there anything else you’d like to say to TitleTrakk.com readers?

Know that no matter what you’ve done you’re never too far from God’s grasp and love. For a long time I thought my sins were too great for God to forgive me, that I was the exception to the rule, God couldn’t really forgive ME. How arrogant of me. Who was I to think that my sin was bigger than God? It only takes one prayer, one moment to ask God’s forgiveness. He loves us AS WE ARE, not as we should be. What a great thing.

What was your first job?

Ooh, working at a movie theater. It was so awesome! We got to see movies early and go pop popcorn and crank the music. It was so great, if you’re looking for a job give it a shot!

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Rhino.

Three words that best describe you:

Joyful. Creative. “Back-to-the-Future”-lover :)

Tracy DarlingtonTracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.