INTERSECT is a radio interview program that showcases interviews with musicians who were once/or still are prominent Christian music artist, discussing how their encounter with Christ not only influenced the direction and intent of their music, but also the direction and intent of their individual lives. The shows will be interesting, entertaining and inspirational as we learn how these musicians started, their experiences along the way and where they are now as artist and people.
Aaron “The A-Train” Smith is a Nashville-based drummer and percussionist.
At the age of 20, Aaron Smith played drums on The Temptations‘ Grammy-Winning megahit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“, and recorded with Ray Charles as well. In the fall of 1974, Smith toured with Czechoslovakian bassist Miroslav Vitouš in support of Miroslav’s Warner Bros. release Magical Shepherd. After that he studied under jazz drummer Alan Dawson in Boston, from there moving to San Francisco where he was a co-founder of the power funk trio Peter Bilt. From there he went on to join, Romeo Void, The 77s and Rich Mullins‘s A Ragamuffin Band.
Smith has recorded, performed and toured with dozens of other artists over the years, including Jimmy Abegg, Michael W. Smith, Margaret Becker, Vector, and many more. An autographed pair of Smith’s drumsticks can be found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, next to a pair of sticks used by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
Episode 66: Tim Nicholson
Tim holds qualifications from Armstrong University and the Berklee College of Music. He has also pursued studies at the Debrecen Conservatory (Debrecen, Hungary) and Royal Holloway (London, England). He has served on faculty at the Community Music School (Philadelphia, PA), Heritage Christian Academy (Lexington, SC), and Ben Lippen High School (Columbia, SC). Tim has served at a number of churches including the Hunter Army Chapel (Savannah, GA), Trinity Reformed Baptist (Joppa, MD), Lexington Presbyterian Church (Lexington, SC), Christ Presbyterian Church (Nashville, TN), and Covenant Presbyterian Church (Nashville, TN), where he currently serves as a liturgist and the director of music. Tim has served in many other roles over the years including whitewater guide, textbook author, choral conductor, and freelance designer. Tim enjoys reading the Atlantic, Coldplay, jazz, MLB baseball, reading, international travel, and any chance to be outdoors. He is married to Sandra and they have three children, two dogs, and a parakeet.
Episode 65: Musical Missionaries - Jay Newman & Joshua Stump
Jay Newman is an Arkansas boy who has spent his adult life as a music promoter, manager, songwriter, and missionary. He has a reputation of agitating people particularly on issues of theology. You can follow Jay on twitter at @big_dread, even though he hasn't had dreadlocks in over five years.
Joshua Stump is a pastor, church planter, licensed spiritual director, and owner of the Smoker's Abbey cigar lounge. Josh has spent his life in ministry on the margins, bringing the gospel to the disenfranchised corners of culture and empowering the gifts of those discarded in the dark corners of culture. Josh likes to discuss enneagrams and has been called a modern mystic monk. You can follow Josh on twitter at @monkstump.
Episode 64: Guitarist, Lindsey Miller - Faith and Staking a Claim in Nashville
With her signature sound, attitude, and unmatched versatility on the instrument, Lindsey Miller has enjoyed a successful career as a touring and session guitarist based in Nashville, TN.
Growing up in Prairie Village, KS (a suburb of Kansas City) Lindsey picked up her first guitar at age ten. Although first inspired by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and 90s alternative rock, it was her discovery of hometown guitar hero Pat Metheny that initiated her into the world of jazz. Lindsey’s talent and ever growing interest in jazz improvisation earned her a scholarship to attend the University of North Texas where she performed in the Two O’Clock Lab band and earned a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. She then went on to complete a Masters Degree in Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In 2012, Lindsey relocated to Nashville, TN where she has quickly become a welcome addition to both the live and recording community. Just in the last few years she has toured with award winning major label artists and appeared on national tv shows. She has worked with some of the best musicians in the recording industry at studios such as Ocean Way, Watershed, Layman Drug Co.,Warner Bros., DRR&P, Wildwood, Sound Emporium, and Eclectic. She often works for clients such as Broadway Jr and Hal Leonard Music Express as well as various artist recording projects. Her ability to read music notation at a highly advanced level and interpret any genre or style imaginable has given her an edge in a competitive and ever changing environment.
Episode 63: Tim Calhoun - Professor and Professional Guitarist
Tim Calhoun is a professional guitarist in the Nashville area and is also an adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene University.
Born and raised in PA, where Tim started to play guitar at 13. By the time he turned 16, his impressive focus on developing his craft as a guitar player secured his position as guitarist for the Jack Windows band. This band was the tri-states busiest show band playing the Sheraton/Hilton hotel circuits.
After High School, Tim left his home state of PA to attend the University of Miami majoring in Studio Music and Jazz. Toward the end of his sophomore year he had gained enough skill to allow his professors and upperclassmen to recommend him for work outside the university.
After this foundational development Tim spent the next 25+ years as both a performing guitarist and session musician in both NY City and then Nashville. Tim has shared the stage with and/or recorded with CMA, ACM, GMA and Grammy nominated/winning artist such as Jo Dee Messina, Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Trocolli, Mylon Lefevre, Ronnie McDowell, Bo Didley, The Temptations, Phil Keggy, Jon Secada, Jo-El Sonnier and many others. His guitar work has been featured on TV commercials for Coke, Kroger, Macy’s and Six Flags to name a few. Also, his productions were used for the TV show One Tree Hill and the movie Drive me Crazy (from a record he produced by the Electric Farm).
Tim has been married to his High School sweetheart for 30 years. Together they raise their two wonderful boys and attend their home church Grace Chapel in Leipers Fork, TN where Tim also serves on the worship team.
Episode 62: Kevin Max - Grammy Winning Singer
Perhaps to best understand the musical and lyrical vision of four-time Grammy winning singer Kevin Max, it is necessary to turn to the musings of Nick Cave, another great minstrel of the rock and roll scene: “In the end, I am not interested in that which I fully understand, songs I have written over the years are just a veneer. There are truths that lie beneath the surface of the words—truths that rise up without warning like the humps of a sea monster and then disappear. What writing is to me is finding a way to tempt the monster to the surface. To create a space where the creature can break through what is real and what is known to us. This shimmering space where imagination and reality intersect, this is where all love and tears and joy exist. This is where we live.” Kevin Max too lives in such an intersection of truth and mystery, creating spaces that ponder the wilderness that is the human condition. In his own words: “I challenge and test the spirits when I write, because we all have to go on that journey of understanding what we believe in over and over again.” For Kevin, like Nick Cave before him, the process of writing a song becomes a fusion of questions and observations, both from his own life and from those to whom he has born witness in his journey as a singer, a poet, an actor, a novelist. He remains a storyteller whose fountain of artistry never seems to run dry and always challenges his audience to search for meaning in their own journeys.
Episode 61: Chester Thomson - Renowned Percussionist
Chester Thompson is a renowned percussionist, highly regarded for his ability to move seamlessly between genres. Thompson’s known best for his work with Weather Report, Frank Zappa, Genesis and Phil Collins. He’s shared the stage and/or studio with notable legends such as Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal, Wayne Shorter, Rodney Franklin, Kirk Whalum, Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, Michael McDonald, Santana, and many others. In 2015, The Chester Thompson Trio released their second album, Simpler Times, which rose to #4 on the JazzWeek Charts. Their first CD, Approved (2013), made a memorable first impression rising to #6 on the JazzWeek Charts. It exemplifies Thompson’s creative direction as bandleader and prompted a successful European tour. The trio formed after being hired as the rhythm section for the International Trombone Festival. They performed every Monday for a year at the Commodore Lounge near Vanderbilt in preparation for their first album. When Chester is not busy with live performances, studio recordings, clinics, writing, he teaches percussion lessons in the Greater Nashville Area. For 20 years, 1998-2018, Thompson taught applied drum lessons at the esteemed Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He is a well regarded clinician and can be found teaching classes at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Thompson was honoured in 2008 with the Sabian Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd Percussive Arts Society international Convention (PASIC). This award recognizes the contributions of the most highly regarded leaders in percussion education. Born and raised in Baltimore, Chester started playing in local nightclubs at age 13. Between tours Thompson’s accomplishments brought him to live in cities including Los Angeles, London and his current home, Nashville. Chester Thompson currently endorses DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Regal Tip Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, Beyerdynamic Microphones and Meinl Percussion.