The Adie File:
by Tracy Darlington
"I was born and raised in South Africa. I love to build things and use power tools - ha ha. But seriously, I love making things and being creative." --Adie
While she's a little shy when you first meet her and the kind of person who's happier to simply blend into the background, Adie certainly wasn't afraid to rock as the frontwoman for The Benjamin Gate. With her spiky red hair, seemingly never-ending energy and the insatiable charisma that couldn't help but draw an audience in, Adie was one of Christian rock's most captivating performers.
Even though the group called it quits in 2003, Adie's passion for communicating her faith through music hasn't wavered, which is particularly remarkable these days when she's busier than ever as a wife and mother to two young daughters, Isabella and Arianne, who are both under the age of two. And if she wasn't ambitious enough, she's also recently opened a hip new clothing store in her small Indiana hometown.
TRACY: Has music always been a big part of your life? If so, what music would you say influenced you most as a child?
ADIE: Whatever my dad was listening to. He loves the Beatles, The Who, and Cat Stevens--stuff like that. I loved Leslie Phillips.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
When I was a little girl--I've always loved music and singing. I wrote my first song when I was seven.
What can people expect at an Adie concert?
To be honest, I'm not sure yet. I haven't played live yet, and we haven't even rehearsed either. I try not to think about it, ‘cuz I just want whatever is natural to happen when it does. Probably nothing like The Benjamin Gate though. I'll definitely be sharing my heart and what the Lord has done for me, and hopefully I’ll be leading people to worship Jesus. Hopefully the Lord will use the songs to encourage people's walks with Him.
Where do you do most of your song writing?
At home, in front of the piano, or singing with Jeremy.
What kind of music would you love to write, but haven’t yet?
Oh, lots of it. I love singing and song writing and just enjoy the process. Some songs may be fun to write, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be released. Really, anything is fun.
How does your faith come into play in your writing and performing?
Always. I always want to take the opportunity to share Jesus with people. What is it for if it doesn't have any eternal worth?
Tell me about Decoy Clothing. What kind of clothes do you plan to sell?
I actually just helped set the store up. I'm not really involved any more. We have a full staff running it now.
Music can be a powerful influence in a person’s life. Could you talk about some of the bands and songs that have impacted your life?
When I was little I loved “For the Sake of the Call” and “When You Are A Soldier” by Steven Curtis Chapman. I love a lot of honest worship songs. The Cutting Edge was very influential in my life, and I still really enjoy Delirious' stuff. I loved Leslie Phillips and Sam Phillips.
I have listened to SOOO much music in my lifetime and had favorite songs for nearly every month . . . the list is so long.
What’s your favorite song on Don’t Wait and why?
"What Have I Done". I feel like it sums up my walk with the Lord. It's amazing how we don't deserve anything, and the Lord gives us everything because of the sacrifice he made for us. He has made us worthy of Him. His grace and love are so abundant. I'm truly thankful to Jesus for what He has done for us.
What do you hope people will come away with when they listen to your album?
I hope people will be challenged to love the Lord more than ever. I hope that none of us will waste time that we have to grow in the Lord and to love others.
Christian music has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years. Do you have any thoughts on the future of Christian music?
I think it's exciting. I love to hear great song writing and people who are not ashamed of their faith and who are inspired by the creator himself--Jesus.
Have you ever had any unusual or embarrassing moments while you were performing on stage?
Honestly, I don't think so. Well not that I can remember anyway. I've had a couple marriage proposals--but that's just stupid. I chipped my front teeth rocking out in The Benjamin Gate days. I guess that's unusual. I think I bust my lip a couple times, too.
What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
I was born in raised in South Africa. I love to build things and use power tools - ha ha. But seriously, I love making things and being creative.
Do you have any new projects planned for down the road?
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would you pick and why?
Anyone who loves Jesus and has lived a life of faith. People like Elisabeth Elliot, who have remained faithful and in love with the Lord despite things that have been thrown at them. I find it so humbling and challenging to stay focussed on things of eternal worth.
What are three items always found in your refrigerator?
Milk, cheese, peanut butter, garlic, sugar-free Red Bulls (for Jeremy).
Besides the Bible, what book are you reading now?
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
What’s currently in your iPod?
Is there anything you do to beat stress and keep yourself in shape while you’re on the road?
Ha ha--I run around after Isabella. She's two and very busy. I love coffee and chocolate. I try to eat veggies though, and not too much dessert. I don't have very good self control when it comes to sweets.
You’re in line at Starbucks. What are you ordering?
This is a little complicated . . . Double tall, one-pump white mocha. Or a double tall, one pump vanilla latte. I like sweets, but I don't like sweet coffee--it's got to be strong!
Anything else you’d like to share with TitleTrakk.com readers?
Thanks for your support. Love, Adie.
Tracy 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.