Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Moments With Mercy - Interview With Andrew Ball!

Hey y'all!

The Ball Brothers have become one of the most popular male quartets in southern gospel, and I recently had the pleasure to interview their tenor singer- Andrew Ball!

The Ball Brothers need no introduction, so without further ado lets get started!

Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Andrew: I’m the oldest of the seven Ball Children. There’s an 18 year difference between me and my youngest sibling. I love old music from the 40’s and Christmas is definitely my favorite time of the year. I love producing and arranging vocals, and built a studio in my house where I love to work.

Mercy: When did you get saved?
Andrew: I was raised in church since I was born. Never remember missing a single service as a child. I clearly remember at age five feeling convincted during an invitation in a Sunday night service in September of 1984 and going forward and asking The Lord to save me. Even though I was young I knew I was lost and on my way to Hell, and had the faith of a child and received Christ as my Savior. I remember it vividly to this day.

Mercy: If you didn't become a singer, what would you be doing right now?
Andrew: I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else. Music has been a huge part of my life since I was very young. I started singing harmony at age 5 and would sing specials in church at that age. I’ve worked concrete construction, video editing, graphics design, furniture delivery! All of those jobs reminded me that music is where I should be lol!

Mercy: Who is someone that has influenced your singing?
Andrew: Brian Free & Jay Parrack were huge influences early on. I learned so much about vocal placement just trying to imitate their voices. It helped me unlock my “head voice” that I use a lot because I’m not a naturally a high singer. I have to work very hard at it. But I’ve also learned a lot from Darren Rust (our producer) and listening to other great artist such as David Phelps. I also listen closely to some of the older guys such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and others specifically studying their phrasing and how to deliver a lyric with feeling and conviction.

Mercy: What is your favorite song to sing and why?
Andrew: It depends on the day and my mood honestly. I always have a song running through my head at any given point (usually a Christmas song lol), but in concerts it’s definitely our song, "It’s About The Cross".

Mercy: What advice would you give a young person hoping to someday sing Southern Gospel?
Andrew: Sing every chance you get and always do your best no matter the venue. Learn an instrument (preferably the piano) and learn it well. (Something I wish a million times a day I would have done instead of focusing on Basketball lol!!) Be an innovator. Use the technology that is at your fingertips and be a visionary to chart a new path. The methods of 20 years ago will not work as well today and a younger generation will have a better perspective on how best to reach and draw a younger crowd to this great music.

Mercy: What is your favorite and least favorite part of traveling?
Andrew: Getting to see the world is my favorite part. I’ve been to all lower 48 states and 20 foreign countries. The opposite side of that is the fatigue that sets in being on the road that much.

Mercy: If you could meet anyone in the past or present, who would it be?
Andrew: I love WWII history and I would love to meet and talk with Dwight Eisenhower.

Mercy: What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing thing has happened to you on stage? Andrew: Probably the most embarrassing is the time I passed a kidney stone on stage during a concert. I don’t really remember much about the concert and I’m sure vocally and performance wise I was not at my best lol!!

Mercy: What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Andrew: Proverbs 1:5 because it’s difficult for me to be silent and listen sometimes. There are many times in life you need to be silent and hear what is being said around you.

Mercy: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Andrew: Never be afraid to be yourself. People appreciate when you are genuine and real. Don’t put on a fake personality or try to mimic someone else. Be yourself and let God take you to where you’re supposed to be.

Andrew, thank you so much for doing this!  Readers, I hope you enjoyed!  Make sure to go follow the  Ball Brothers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and make sure to follow Andrews personal Instagram as well.

Thanks for reading!

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