AN EXCLUSIVE NRT INTERVIEW
An Interview with Crossroads Music
The worship band talks about their creative influences, COVID-19, as well as their unique view on expanding their audience from a local church to worldwide.
 


AN EXCLUSIVE NRT INTERVIEW, An Interview with Crossroads Music
Posted: October 08, 2020 | By: KevinMcNeese_NRT
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Crossroads Music is a group of worship leaders from Crossroads Church, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Crossroads Church was recently named the fastest-growing and third-largest church in the country. It is a community of 30,000 people who gather in 13 locations in Ohio and Kentucky, along with Crossroads Anywhere, an online campus. 
 
Crossroads Music released its first album in June of this year, titled Anchored (Live). They also recently dropped their new single, “Trust.” Since Crossroads Music is made up of many people, it's not uncommon to see different members on different broadcasts. The most regular faces on their broadcast are Justin Mosteller, Austin Livingood, Erica Bostick, and Robbie Reider. 

In this interview, we talked about the band’s plethora of creative influences. They shared a unique view on expanding their audience from a local church to worldwide. We also discussed “Trust” and how COVID-19 has affected them.
 

What are some of your creative influences?

Well, we all like different stuff, you know? We’re different ages, from different states, and we play different instruments. Austin loves driving melodic rock, while Erica loves gospel and pop. Justin was in a band called Carrolton and they had a pop southern-rock thing going on. I (Robbie) am really enjoying this band called Joan right now. They’re a synth-pop duo with great saxophone solos.

Tell us about your latest single, “Trust.”

“Trust” is a song that helps our community tell God that we’ll be obedient beyond comfort. That we have no other allegiance than to Him. We needed a song that wrapped up our theology, our mission, and our voice in a single anthem, so we made “Trust.” It’s been really helpful for us to be able to sing. I can’t wait until we’re able to gather together back in our buildings and stand shoulder to shoulder with others who share the same devotion and allegiance to Jesus.

As a worship group born out of the local church, how does your focus change as you expand to an instant worldwide audience?

We’re an expression of a local community with a hopefully somewhat unique voice. Our goal stays the same: to make tools that help people tell God that he’s numero uno in their lives. To use an old John Wimber quote (he founded the Vineyard church), “We’re just change in God’s pocket for him to spend any way he wants.” That motivation doesn’t change just because we put our service on Facebook or Instagram or songs on Spotify. Those platforms only amplify what’s already going on. 

As COVID-19 restrictions continue, what challenges are you facing as a worship team? 

I imagine, like lots of people who play music in church, bars, gigs, and other places, we’re all looking forward to getting back to business. Staying connected has been tough so Justin Mosteller, a worship leader at our Oakley campus, created a virtual green room on Zoom. We’re used to spending hours together on weekends, so we decided we’d do that from our family rooms before we watched our online streaming service. It was great to get to virtually hang out, but we can’t wait to do it in person.

We’ve had a series of weekly outdoor events, which has been fantastic for our community. We set up safe practices for everyone on stage and in attendance. We also wore masks until we were on stage singing. Everyone in the crowd wore their masks. No one could have prepared us for looking out into a sea of mostly covered faces. It was a little alarming, like the first time you wear in-ear monitors. We couldn’t tell if people were smiling or singing; it took a little getting used to. 

Worshiping together has been, well, challenging. Thankfully, a few years ago, we started hosting daily worship online every weekday morning. Pre-COVID, we had 400 to 600 people join us each morning. After we closed our buildings, we added a second worship time in the evening.

Over the next few months, we saw our numbers jump to 1,200 during each session. It was amazing for a number of reasons. But, the biggest was the ability to talk, respond, chat, pray, and meet the real needs of people in and outside of our community. We still worship every morning: just head over our Crossroad Church's Facebook page.

How can we be praying for you?

We’ll never pass up an opportunity for prayer. Please pray for health, wisdom, and clear communication as we reopen many of our sites in October.

Kevin McNeese started NRT in 2002 and has worked in the industry since 1999 in one form or another. He has been a fan of Christian music since 1991.

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