Friday, February 28, 2020

Interview With Rodney Griffin | Southern Gospel Gazette

Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
Rodney: I’ve been with Greater Vision since December 1993 and feel very blessed with the opportunities I’ve experienced.  I couldn’t ask to travel with a greater bunch of guys.  We’re friends on and off the road.  That’s a blessing!  

Mercy: Can you share your salvation testimony? 
Rodney: I was saved at age 12 in a Sunday night service in New Paris, Ohio.  I walked the aisle and took the pastor’s hand.  It was a special night for so many reasons…that pastor was also my Dad, Jeff Griffin.  We were having baptism that night, so Mom ran over to the church parsonage and got my clothes so that I could be baptized that night.    

Mercy: What do you like to do in your free time?
Rodney: My wife, Regina and I enjoy 4-wheeling with church friends, usually a couple times a month.  Otherwise,  I enjoy four-wheeling at home on our mini farm.  I enjoy cutting new trails and just getting outside.  

Mercy: Who is someone that has influenced your singing? 
Rodney: Several people… Glen Payne was always a hero, and Mark Trammell always gave me something to strive for with the part I sing.  I’ve never reached his level, but I enjoy trying!  

Mercy: What is your favorite song to sing and why?
Rodney: I guess that would be, “Faces”.  You can watch the audience and see how they are recalling precious people in their lives who were never in the spotlight, but brought them to Christ.  

Mercy: Can you share a little of what the songwriting process is like? 
Rodney: I’d say it’s like most songwriters.  I’ll get an idea, then sing it into my phone.  That’s when the work begins.  The best explanation I’ve heard is that songwriting is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration…I agree.  

Mercy: What advice would you give someone who wants to write Southern Gospel music?
Rodney: I’d simply say to listen to popular Gospel songs on the radio and use that to help influence the craft.  We all want our songs to be recorded, instead of just laying around in a folder somewhere.  The idea has to be fresh, and the lyrics need to be different somehow.  Avoid common rhymes and try to come up with words that “kind of” sound like the end of the rhyming phrase instead of settling for a rhyme you’ve heard before.   

Mercy: What's the last song you listened to on your iPhone/CD player? 
Rodney: A group called “The RoyalHeirs” send me their new CD with one of my songs and one of Chris Allman’s songs on it.  They did a great job!  

Mercy: What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing thing has happened to you on stage? 
Rodney: My wife will tell you that I don’t embarrass easily, so I usually just go with whatever happens on stage, and in life, for that matter.  You feel very comfortable there after you’ve stood there for so many years…especially with the same group.  

Mercy: What is your favorite Bible verse and why? 
Rodney: I like Psalm 27:4, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple”.  
This verse gives me focus for living.  Dwelling with Him, to me, means staying close to Him.  Beholding His beauty, to me, means worshipping Him often.  Enquiring in His temple, to me, means studying His Word.  My questions are answered there.  

Mercy: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers? 
Rodney: I’d like to encourage anyone who feels a pull to sing Gospel music to simply take advantage of each and every opportunity they have to do it…no matter how small the platform the Lord provides.  I’ve never felt like the most talented singer, but my desire to sing made up the difference through the years.  God will use anyone who is truly wanting to be used by Him.

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