fervents.gifLIVEtheLIFE Magazine is proud to showcase an interview with The Fervents, an up-and-coming Christian rock trio from Mandaue, Cebu.

With lead singer Joyous – that’s his name, folks – on vocals and guitar, Abet on guitar, John Paul on bass, and Jorny on drums, it’s only a matter of time before the spirit of the Fervents catches on local airwaves and does great things in the name of Christ.

Tell us something about The Fervents. How did you guys come together?
We all came from different bands. My brother, Jorny, and I were band mates and our guitarist also came from another band. Knowing that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, our respective bands split up, and thus The Fervents came into being. We are not new to playing music or being in a band, having the same passion for music and God, we wrote our own original songs. This started our journey and calling as a band.

You claim a wide variety of influences. What would a first-time listener to your music think if they heard it?
Coming from different bands, we’re oobviously influenced by different music genres. We may sound a little different from others because we incorporate our different influences to come up with an original The Fervents sound. We may sound like some other bands but when you listen closely and really feel the music, you’ll find something really different with our sound/music.

What can we expect to hear on a typical Fervents song?
A typical The Fervents song would be about love and the realities of life. A The Fervents song would also be about the relationship between man and God. For instance, The Sorry Song is about a person apologizing to God. A line in the song goes, Even though I knew you loved me even though I knew you cared, even though I hurt, turn you down yet still you were there, So I’m singing this song to you. Sorry song to you.

How do you glorify Christ in your music?
Music is a very good tool for us to communicate with people. With music we are able to share our experiences about God and our testimonies through our songs. We are also able to use our talents for His kingdom. I believe God gave us the gift of writing songs, playing musical instruments and singing for a purpose. And, that is to use it to share His love.

Have you ever played live shows? What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had as a Christian band?
Yes, we have played live shows, and playing live are one of the best times in a band. It is in playing live that we are energized and encouraged to continue our ministry. Almost every live show is memorable. We get to meet many new friends. But there is one show that we can’t forget. It was the biggest show we have ever played there were thousands of people. It was so awesome we couldn’t believe we were there playing.

What are your favorite Bible verses?
Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

What motivates you to keep your music going, and how does your being a Christian affect your being a musician?
We believe that this is God’s plan for us. Though being famous would enable us to reach greater crowds it is not really our aim. We just love playing and creating music that expresses our feelings and emotions about love, life and how God has changed us. Our desire is to use this gifts to lead people into knowing God intimately.

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