In making the record with Brown Bannister, a legend in the Christian community, I was working with one of the guys who helped formed Christian music as we know it. And I said, “Brown, I really don’t want this record to sound like the typical Christian record. You know, the drums and the guitars sounding like every other record. I don’t think it’s way out of the box, but at the same time, I think there’s an aural hook, to me at least, I think it sounds different than everything else that’s on the radio right now. The drums and guitars are mixed differently throughout the record.

I think you have. I can’t wait to see how it goes for you.

I’ve been a fan of CMCentral for a long time, too. CMCentral was the only public forum I was a part of until American Idol.

What are your predictions for this season of “American Idol”?

I really have enjoyed David Cook all season, though my favorite for the season is a guy I’ve recently gotten to know:  Jason Castro.  But I have a feeling that Cook will take it all.

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**This interview first published on May 21, 2008.

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