Wednesday morning arrived wet and windy as a dark sky and pelting rain caused me to make a mad dash from the
garage to the hotel for my interview with Pele’s wife, Assiria, from Brazil “My music style is a mixture of traditional
and contemporary,” the petite blond told me. Assiria has already released two projects in Brazil in the Portuguese
language, one album just of hymns. Now she is working on her first English release to combine some hymns from
her hymns album with some Christian pop with the help of writers including Chris Rodriguez, Bryan Duncan, Chris
Eaton, among others.Educated during her college years in the U.S., Assiria should have no trouble communicating with her new fans in the U.S.
As I moved from one interview location to the next, I passed others doing interviews all over the hotel, from a Gersh interview in the Renaissance Bridge, to Crystal Lewis being interviewed by Lindy Warren behind the press room…
… to Chris Rice being interviewed in the hotel lobby…
…to Take 6 being interviewed inside the press room…
… to a Katinas interview near the Garden Terrace! Assiria had earlier expressed she is a big fan of the Katinas so I was able to relay her enthusiasm to the guys from Samoa.
I had the opportunity to catch part of the Point of Grace “Girls of Grace” press conference and the girls graciously allowed me to snap their photos… reading Christian Activities Magazine!
My next interview was with the hard-to-track-down Gersh but I finally cornered him and he caught me up on his new life as a daddy and a solo artist. Married to Brynn from one of the very the first Christian girl rock groups, Rachel Rachel, Mark was one of the founding members of Whiteheart, one of the most popular and best-loved Christian bands during the group’s lengthy career. Now Gersh, as he is known by friends, is pursuing the more intimate venues a solo career allows him.
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