by Tracy Darlington
Jupiter Wind Interview
need to trust God's timing and not our own. If it's in God's will then
He will work things out."
--Matt "Hawk" Hawkins
Jupiter Wind consists of Shane White (guitarist), Matt Hawkins (vocals/bass player), Heath Rankin (vocals/guitarist), and Jack Eason (acoustic/lead vocals). The last few years they have been sharing what has brought them all together, the hope that comes from Jesus Christ. Each of the guys is thankful for the unique team of people God has put around them, a team that wants to go out and continue to impact students through their musical talents. The increased passion for sharing Christ has also come from each of the guys' desire to go out and reach as many people as possible. Each member of the group leads worship at their respective churches when they are not on the road which is something they really love.
Your bio says that you guys hope to be a wind of change not only in the music industry, but cause a wind in the hearts of people. Can you explain?
Jack Eason: I think the two biggest challenges of the church today is complacency which leads to apathy. We get to where we have comfortable with where we are and then become careless about society. We hope our music encourages the church to think about the impact we should be making.
Talk about your first radio single “Everyday”. What’s the story behind this song?
Jack Eason: Everyday comes from
being frustrated trying to live for God. Everyday Story: Some friends and
I were talking about how sick and tired
we were of trying to live for God. We felt like we could do OK after a spiritual
mountaintop, like a camp, or when some powerful speaker showed up at church.
We just felt like our life was a spiritual rollercoaster ride and believed
it didn't have to be that way. One day someone told me, "the same thing
Billy Graham does EVERYDAY to live for God is the same thing you have to
do everyday. The basics. Spend time with God. Bible study and prayer. God
wants to use you to be a shining star in a dark world. Consistency in our
walk with God, we believe, is the key.
The more students we see (and adults) the more challenged we have been to help effectively communicate how important it is that we live for God EVERYDAY. As students, it's so easy to live for God on Wednesday, or on Sunday, or at church camp, but how do we do it EVERYDAY? That's what we want to help people to learn how to do. It's that idea that birthed the song EVERYDAY. The thought of not letting a single day go to waste because each day is a day we have been given to be a light for
God in a dark world.
What message do you hope people will come away with when they listen to your music?
Jack Eason: We hope people are encourage d to go out and live for God.
How did God use your music to reach your guitarist Shane White?
Jack Eason: It was just a one night deal where I showed up to lead worship at this church. Shane was visiting that night. and God used the music to convict him and draw him to Himself. It was way cool.
When you’re not singing, what do you enjoy doing?
Jack Eason: We each really enjoy hanging out with our families, we are often away so being with them is great.
What’s the biggest obstacle in your life god’s help you overcome?
Shane White: I had struggled with depression as long as I could remember, but after the loss of my father to cancer and my wife losing a baby almost back to back, depression overwhelmed my life. I turned my back on God that I had followed and trusted for 8 years because I felt that if he loved me so much he wouldn't let these things happen. I slipped away to a very dark place in my heart where I had not allowed God to enter. I had lived with it so long I felt that I needed it to survive. I feel like my wife responded just in time because I was ready to do whatever to get away from pain. I thought about death daily and it had become evident that I had no desire to live. I saw the pain this was causing my wife and asked God to take depression away from me, and to fix me because I couldn't be the man I had promised I'd be living in depression. Instantly I felt a peace like I've never felt. I have been 100% depression free for 4 years now with all glory to God.
What’s the most memorable place Jupiter Wind has ever played?
Shane White: I would have to say the last day of a camp we did in Virginia. We did our normal show and they were just nuts. Everyone was jumping and dancing the whole time we played. It was worship the way I like to worship.
How did you come to know the Lord?
Matt “Hawk” Hawkins: I actually got saved at a Superbowl party of all places. I grew up in church but for some reason was never really told what it really means to be a Christian. My brother got saved a few months before me and it sort of sparked my interest in knowing what Christ did for us.
What advice would you give to teenagers on pursuing their dreams?
Matt “Hawk” Hawkins: My advice for teenagers who are pursuing their dreams is patience. We need to trust God's timing and not our own. If it's in God's will then He will work things out. I think a lot of times when we don't think we're where God wants us to be---we actually are. He is constantly trying to teach us lessons so we can be ready when He calls on us.
If you could say one thing to this generation, what would you say?
Matt “Hawk” Hawkins: Don't make the mistake of going your whole life just sitting in church. Get out in the community and make a lasting difference everyday.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with Titletrakk.com readers?
Shane White: Give God everything because you never know what is in your heart waiting to take control of your life if you don't.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Jack Eason: No breakfast for me, just a glass of sweet ice tea. That helps me make it to lunch
Three things always found in your refrigerator:
Jack Eason: Sweet tea, chicken, ice cream.
You’re next in line at Starbucks. What are you ordering?
Jack Eason: Caramel Macchiato
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.