Artists Andrew and Alaina Mack are brother-sister-duo based in Berlin, Germany. They are on a mission to see the rising up of the worldwide church. They hope to spread the joy of the Lord through the music world both in and out of Europe.
They have been creating music together since childhood and now are focused on the gospel music scene. I had a chance to connect with them about their newest project, SUNLIT, as well as their views on the Christian music world. We also spoke about prayer requests and their unique creative process.
Based in Berlin, what have you found are the major differences in the Christian music scene in Europe compared to the U.S.?
Andrew: From a purely business perspective, the Christian music market in Europe is much less saturated compared to the U.S. I don’t take this as a negative but as a great opportunity to pioneer and re-invent gospel music as a genre that, in turn, can bring a unique sound and voice to the industry worldwide.
There is currently a great Move of God in Europe and it’s an awesome privilege to be at the forefront of this revival. Something like this has not taken place Germany-wide since the 1500s with the Reformation. Our music and many other artists working in Europe have been birthed out of this renaissance of faith.
Your new album is called “SUNLIT.” Tell us about the project.
Alaina: This project is comprised of many beautiful art pieces—from the music to the album artwork, to the numerous videos we created. When a human being decides to follow Jesus, we become sun-lit. Our life is filled with God’s light. Jesus is the light of the world, and with Him, our path is always “lit.” We can find our way home and shine brightly—even in the darkest forest.
“Weatherman” is just a riot to listen to. Totally unique, it’s fun, different, quirky–all in a great way. You must have a lot of fun not only writing music but putting together all the visuals from the photoshoots, clothing to videos. Talk about your creative process.
When Andrew played me the beats for this song, I didn’t want to write a melody over the music at first because the beat alone was just so interesting. Once we started to sing and speak over the funky foundation, the song really came together.
We love the message of this song: that with God, no matter what the weather, it’s always a sunny day. Our attitude and outlook can change everything, and let’s never forget that God made us fabulous.
Do you think Christian music is too safe today? Are you allowed to have this much fun, stylistically, in Christian music?
Andrew: I think in general when we are living and growing up inside Western culture, the whole society is “safe.” As Christians, we don’t live in fear of actual persecution compared to most of our global brothers and sisters. Obviously, Christian music reflects this. But, I believe those who are willing to step out of their comfort zone and take risks when it comes to creative expression for the Kingdom of God can have a great impact in the years to come.
Alaina: Yes, I think we should have fun. Life with God is like a kaleidoscope of color. I make a point to walk in joy each day. Laughter is a part of our creative process.
Andrew: We are already working on our next projects as well as producing for some other artists we work with. We are excited to continue making music and using it to expand the Kingdom of God in Berlin and beyond.
How can we be praying for you?
Andrew and Alaina: We want our music to be heard and shared across the globe. Pray that many will hear and experience the power of God through our music.
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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