Okay, you guys have heard me talking about doing interviews on social media. Today I’m excited to bring you the first one! I’m even more excited that the first interview is with August Rain! If you’ve not heard their music, I hope you’ll take the time after reading this interview to visit the links I’ll provide to you. Frank Bowen is the drummer, among other things. His wife, Denise Bowen, plays keyboard and does background vocals. Matthew Janzen plays acoustic guitar and bass, and is the lead singer.
I had the privilege today to speak with Frank by phone. The first thing I noticed when talking to Frank is his humbleness. The band doesn’t take any glory for themselves. It all goes to the Father. They began playing and singing together several years ago, and led worship in church. In 2007 they had written a song called Wonderful Savior. “We thought it had a radio sound to it.” Frank said. They recorded the song and sent it to a producer. He loved it, and from there the first album, which was self-titled, was born. In 2011, their second album came out entitled Time. Their hit song Show Me Your Light was on this album. That song started out on the Billboard at #42! It peaked at #35; it was even played on K-LOVE which is a national network. For an indie band that’s pretty huge.
I said to Frank, “My favorite song that is on your newest album is American Jesus, which is also the title of the album. Can you tell me how this song came about? It’s one of the truest songs I’ve heard in a long time.” Frank’s reply sums it up. “Life is hard. Paul had a thorn in the flesh and he was never delivered from it. I believe God hears and answers our prayers, but it’s not all peaches and cream. It’s not always good.” I happen to agree. God does care, but sometimes life happens. He’s there to help us through those hard times. The gospel doesn’t promise us prosperity, but it does give us hope.
Another one of my favorite songs from the new album, Grace, was written by Frank. “We write all of our own songs together,” Frank explained. Their realness comes through in their music. If you’ve never heard them, another group that I can give as an example of their sort of style is NEEDTOBREATHE. Yet, August Rain has their own distinct sound that you don’t hear in Christian music. Couple that with their down-to-earth attitude and lyrics and you’ve got the makings of a star, in my opinion. But if you ask them, that’s not what they are all about. As an indie author, I was able to relate with Frank on the indie level. They love making music. It’s not about the fame or the accolades; it’s about making music and being a positive voice in a negative world.
August Rain is also involved in Jasper Jam, which is held in Shady Dale, GA each year. This year a portion of the proceeds went to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center! Their next project is in the planning stages. It’s going to be a worship album. In the meantime, if you’d like to book them for an event, just go to their website and click Connect. You’ll find all the information you need there.
I closed my interview with Frank by asking him what he’d like to leave you readers with. He replied “Life is real and we want to be as transparent as possible. Live for the Father 100%. My dad had a phrase he liked to say: ‘You can take a light and lead people with it, or shine it in their eyes and blind them.” I think that’s a pretty good statement for us Christians today. We have a choice. We can either lead people with our light, or turn them away by blinding them with it.
You can tell a lot about people by who and what they talk about, and how they act toward you. August Rain is the real deal, folks. They care about people and it comes through in their music. Take a look at their website and you’ll see what I’m talking about in their bio. I’ll give you all the links you need to find out more about August Rain and their music down below. Download some of their songs, or better yet an entire album. Enjoy!
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