Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 55

I started to play drums when I was twelve or so, and I did that for two or three years. But then when I got my first job at sixteen I had a little bit of money in my pocket and I went down to the local record store and I heard, for the first time, Queen: Live Killers and from the moment that I heard the opening track of that record, I wanted to be Brian May. I went home and sold my drum kit, bought a guitar and learned to play some Queen songs. That was when I started to play the guitar and when I thought, “Oh, I’m so in love with music, I want to do this for the rest of my life.” At the time, I was an apprentice electrician so I worked as an electrician for about seven years. In the meantime, I was playing music in a few local bands and what have you. To answer your question, one of my early influences was Brian May from Queen. And all the music I was listening to like Dave Gilmore of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rush and then going to sort of the “new wave” kind of music like The Police, U2 and The Clash; people like that. I went to a concert in London when I was nineteen or twenty and it was Phil Keaggy. Both my wife and I decided we wanted to follow Jesus at that event. Really Phil Keaggy was a massive influence as a guitar player, but also just a genuinely nice, amazing guy. So that was a big step along the journey of making music for God. And then we lived in London for a little while after that and I learned to do the church worship thing and I learned how to lead worship; I was kind of getting discipled along the way. So that was that. A little while after that I got connected with a worship leader in the U.K. called Norah Richards, and someone from the States called Kevin Prosch and played with