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Jen G's Music View on Maria Long...
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview the very inspiring, creative and spirited Maria Long. She’s not only hard rocking but also hard working and God loving. From a small child God guided her steps by having her parents show her the light by the way they reached out and gave back to the community. She witnessed much grace and love through her parents sincere heart to give and found herself as a youth having to make the decision to either be the light or join the darkness.
This month in this very candid interview Maria Long will talk about her life, family, friends and the battle she faced when God decided it was time to uproot her into a new thing.
When all odds seemed against her, she was still in love with Him…
From her life to her album, Here With Me…
This is the Maria Long Interview…
PART ONE - GOD'S PLAN
Jen G: So how are you today?
Maria Long: I'm great, a little tired. I had a late
band practice last night.
Jen G: How'd that go? You have quite a cool
Maria Long: We are working on new songs and
it went AMAZING! We have one down to perform soon and it's just neat to see the new
stuff in my head come out, you know?
My band is awesome and they love the new
Jen G:Totally! God is totally using you as a
musical vessel. The lyrics are amazing on your last
Maria Long: Awe thank you that means a lot
to me! Because lyrics are everything...I feel like
they are seriously lacking in Christian music
today, I'm so inspired by artists like Nichole
Nordeman who seek to say something more!
My lyrics are no where near hers, they are just
more personal like my talks with God.
Jen G:Oh, yeah. I think God uses each
musician in that personal way. But since we're on the
subject of your band... how did the four of you
Maria Long: Well I moved here to Arkansas from
Michigan because my husband took a job as a
pastor here and I was teaching kindergarten this
year. I would have different musicians from other
bands play for me. Well it got too hard coming
home from shows at 2 am and waking up to
teach at 6 am.
Jen G: Exhausting!
Maria Long: So one night I asked God to just reveal
His plan for my life I was offered a principal position
at the elementary school but it was in my heart to
do music. So I asked for 7 signs, big things since I'd
been looking for a band for 7 months. Like a regular
one, so I asked God to give me a band they found
me on myspace that next week. They live 25 min
Jen G: Wow, God is amazing!
Maria Long: I know! He's not playing around!
Jen G: Answered that prayer right away!
Maria Long: I also asked for a trailer so that we
could travel as another sign and a guy donated
a brand new one to me 2 weeks later for free!
Every sign happened and it brought me to tears
because I realized that God really wanted me
to do this!
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