Ones to Watch: Pocket Full of Rocks
- Paul Colman CCM Magazine
- 2006 21 Mar
Pocket full of rocks is a veteran worship band from Texas. Comprised of Michael Farren (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), Alisa Farren (vocals), Ryan Riggins (lead guitar), Kyle Lee (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Jody Crump (bass) and David Rollins, Jr. (drums, trumpet), the group has been leading worship in churches, conferences and festivals since 1995.
Even if you’ve never worshipped with them in person, there’s a good chance you’ve heard their songs. Pocket Full of Rocks’ compositions have been featured on numerous projects over the last several years, including Michael W. Smith’s "Worship" (“Let It Rain”) and Phillips, Craig and Dean’s latest release, "Let the Worshippers Arise" (the title track). Pocket Full of Rocks’, label debut, "song to the king," released March 14 and marks the re-launch of Myrrh Records as a worship imprint. For more information check out pocketfullofrocks.com.
Paul: How did you come up with the name, “Pocket Full of Rocks”?
Michael: In Pocket’s beginning months, we had not yet decided on what to call ourselves. We did a song back then titled “Pocket Full of Rocks” based on the story of David and Goliath. It basically said that God could use whatever you had to offer Him, even if it was just a “pocket full of rocks.” And to the best of our recollection, a bunch of teenagers somewhere decided to call us that, and it stuck.
Paul: What was it like to have Michael W. Smith and Phillips, Craig & Dean record your songs?
Michael: All of us in Pocket were totally unaware that they were even interested in the songs. I was completely overwhelmed the first time I heard “Let It Rain” on Michael W. Smith’s "Worship." And having Phillips, Craig & Dean put “Let the Worshippers Arise” on their latest album led to us getting to know Randy Phillips on a personal level. And wouldn’t you know it, he’s one of the coolest people I’ve ever met! But let me say that both of these were situations that only God could have orchestrated. He’s just good that way!
Paul: Your label debut arrives this month – can you tell us about the record?
Michael: This project is unique for us because it contains both songs that we have been doing for a while as well as songs that will be heard for the first time. Our prayer is that this album will lead people to a place where they can’t help but know that God deeply loves them, and, in response, they can’t help but love Him back!
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