A lot of people came to know Jeremy Rosado from Season 11 of American Idol, but since being a finalist on the iconic show, he has gone on to create some of the most cutting-edge pop in Christian music--first with 2015's Heartbeat on Save the City Records, and now with the all-new independently released Rewind EP.
Driven by a love for the Church and a desire to bring excellence to Jesus music, Rosado's Rewind EP advances already strong pop sensibilities with catchy hooks and unashamed lyrics about life with Christ.
I asked our Indie Artist Watch selection 10 questions to get a glimpse into the state of Christian pop, as well as what inspires Rosado in this season of life and artistry.
What's up in your life these days, Jeremy, besides music?
I am actually doing full-time ministry, which I guess is music, ha ha! But I am the Worship Pastor at Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, Fla. when I'm not on the road touring!
You're producing some pretty killer pop music outside the label system. Talk about the challenges and advantages of being independent the way you are.
Thanks, man. I'm loving the new sound we've got going, right in the pocket of pop music I want be in, but yeah there's definitely good and bad in doing this on my own. My favorite part is having say in all the music I put out, not having to pass it thru a team of people outside of my management but definitely having a major label behind you to give you that extra push and put you in places you can't get to on your own is HUGE...
How have you changed/grown as an artist since you started?
Wow, it's crazy to think how much I've changed and grown in the past couple of years, going all the way back to Idol. My voice has matured, I don't look like a kid anymore, ha ha, and musically you can tell how much my sound has evolved. I think I've finally found where I want to be.
Talk about the concept of Rewind, and how/why it became the title of this project.
Rewind is simple, yet profound. I've found myself saying so many times, "God, if I could only rewind time, go back and change some things I did, do some things I didn't, and overall just get another shot and be a better me." I always thought that way, but one day I realized, if I know what grace is, then I know that every day is a rewind--that I get a new shot at this walk every single morning. So I live for today, knowing that God has got me, no matter what!
What are some things God is teaching you at this stage of life?
Exactly what this record is saying: to tTrust in Him, to trust the Mystery, to know that every day is a rewind, to know that He won't Let me down, and to know that Jesus is everything I need!
Are you touring a bunch? And what does your live show look like for people who haven't experienced it?
I've been on the road quite a bit! Actually I'm really proud of this new live show. It's full of energy and hype but also intimate and worshipful!
Name five artists you'd love to work with.
TobyMac, Lauren Daigle, Blanca, Mandisa, Tauren Wells, Hollyn, and Israel Houghton--all for different reasons, but they all inspire me and I've followed them for a while.
What's the state of pop music in the Christian sphere? Where do you see it headed?
I think Christian pop is finally starting to live up to the "sound" of mainstream pop, and I'm so excited to be a part of that movement.
How would you best describe God's calling on your life, as best you can tell?
I know that I've been called by God since I was a young boy; it's always been music, it's always been worship. Now I get to do both!
What's next, and how can people be praying for you?
Next is just releasing more new music, touring, and finally grabbing hold of everything God has for me, it's time! Keep me lifted for guidance and wisdom and know which steps to take.
Marcus Hathcock is the Executive Editor of NewReleaseToday.com, a husband to Savannah, father of three and a worship leader living in Boise. He has released an EP, Songs For Tomorrow, and occasionally blogs at mheternal.com.
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