by Tracy Darlington
"[Music] reaches where mere words cannot as easily go. It transcends consciousness and grazes the soul." --Sara Delight
Texas band Inhabited got their start when brother and sister Sara and Marcus Acker started playing for their youth group. Their band soon grew and they released an independent record in 2003 called Innerview. Their hit song "Rescue Me" introduced them to nationwide listeners, and they soon followed up with their sophomore project Revolution which featured songs like "One More Night" and a remake of "Rescue Me".
After a short hiatus the band's back with their third album LOVE which blends the rock of their previous projects with pop and blues elements. Their song "Hush" is already making an impact on the airwaves.
Lead singer Sara sat down with us and chatted about how they got their start, what message the band hopes the album brings, her favorite Starbucks drink, and much more!
Tracy: When did you first realize you wanted to get into the music ministry? What confirmed it for you?
Sara: It was confirmed the first time I really experienced music. It’s difficult to describe how you hear the voice of God when it’s not audible, and it’s just as difficult to describe how you hear destiny’s voice . . . it’s something you just know.
How did Inhabited get its start?
Our youth pastor asked us to write some music for a lock in, and the rest is really history.
Could you talk about some of the bands and songs that have impacted your life?
My brother’s #1 musical inspiration is Stevie Ray Vaughn. I love Janis Joplin and any other singer who translates passion into song. We both grew up listening to a lot of Dc Talk.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you first started in music?
How to do what I do better.
You’ve been quoted as saying, “The stage is a powerful and influential platform.” Can you talk a little about that?
The stage creates a platform for anyone who steps foot on it. You stand in the spotlight, and in turn, people look and listen. When you blend the power of music, lyrics, and a heartbeat, you impact not only the surface of a human being, but can reach to the core of who they are.
How does LOVE compare to Inhabited’s previous project The Revolution?
Revolution is more straight-ahead rock, while LOVE has a colorful blend of pop, rock, and blues elements. LOVE is very groove-oriented, and since the musicians are different on this record, the element of soul translates in more vivid colors.
What message does the band hope people will come away with when they listen to the album?
Love. We named the record LOVE because that’s the thread that ties the songs together. We want people to feel the freedom found in the shelter of God’s love. We want them to listen and have a spiritual experience.
What’s special to you about LOVE?
LOVE is everything we have fought for. We basically jumped off a cliff and left everything secure to stay true to the music and our destiny. It has been a sink or swim situation, but the music has kept us alive. It is definitely our most personal record.
What’s your favorite song on the cd and why?
“I Want to Know.” From the moment my vocals break through the music on this tune, I am exposed, my humanity revealed. I am the seeker, clinging to faith alone, but still I must see Him. It goes beyond a fascination with religion or the temporary satisfaction that comes from knowledge of the Holy. It is a genuine craving for experience. The chorus is a storm of emotion, engulfed by my soul’s cry “I want to know; I want to feel; I want to see you move underneath my skin; I want to hear, speak to me!” It is one of the most transparent songs on this record. I was at a place where I had this burning desire to “find” God.
Yes, God is omnipresent. We can see Him in His creation. Still, we often feel distanced and need to hear Him speak to us! Among the most disheartening places to live is outside the light of inspiration. I needed Him because He is my sanity. Without His voice, I have no reason. I felt like I was groping in the darkness, trusting the verse that He will “never leave or forsake me” but feeling such a chasm between us.
I have learned that this journey is about faith. Our emotional highs will come and go. We must trust Him because He is the only thing that remains constant. He is faithful! Many times we will have to walk, step ahead, without that “feeling,” but faith will move us along. It is a place where the relationship is rooted in something deeper than emotion, and it will last the valleys of time. He is there.
What would you say has been the hardest part about what you do?
Living out of a suitcase, sleeping in a different bed every night, and living on fast food.
How about the funnest?
It’s funny, you can travel 24 hours to play for 45 minutes to an hour. It is those moments that we play that are the funnest! Of course, Marcus and Charlie are constant entertainment. They make the road, that could otherwise be boring, like being on a reality show!
If you were sitting across the table from someone who didn’t know the Lord, what would you share with them?
Well, first of all I think one of the biggest mistakes we make as Christians is that we don’t listen enough. It’s like we memorize the “Roman road," quote it, and then ask if someone wants to pray the “sinner’s prayer.” I like to hear people’s thoughts about life, hear where they are coming from, and what they believe. Jesus always met people where they were, and talked to them in words they could understand. I would then share my story.
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to reach their friends for Christ?
Be real. Share the gospel, but live it out. A living example is the most powerful testimony. We can talk about God all day long, but when you show people love they cannot help but wonder what you’ve got.
Music has a powerful influence on people. Why do you think that is?
It reaches where mere words cannot as easily go. It transcends consciousness and grazes the soul.
If you could say one thing this generation what would you say?
Who you were yesterday does not define who you are today. We are human and will make mistakes in life. We all live and learn.
In your opinion, what makes an artist or band Christian?
The person. I don’t think I have to sing “Jesus” in every song or even in one to be a Christian artist. If someone is a Christian there is no way to separate their soul from their art.
What most inspires your imagination?
Reading, writing, and music.
What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
I love going to Wal-Mart late at night and seeing what I can buy for $30.
When you’re not singing, what do you enjoy doing?
Reading, writing and talking.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
I hate breakfast.
Three things always found in your refrigerator:
Turkey, mustard, and salad.
You’re next in line at Starbucks. What are you ordering?
What’s left unchecked in your “goals for life” list?
Sometimes it feels like everything!
What’s currently in your CD player/iPod?
Janis Joplin and Johnny Cash
When was the last time you cried?
At least once a week. It makes for great songs. :)
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.