Now it’s been an exciting journey for you guys over the last couple of years. Can you tell us about how VERSES got started?
We should also point out that Luke & Joel are brothers, and that Jess is married to Luke! Is that a fun dynamic? Do you often feel like you’re third wheeling Jess, or is it sometimes you you Joel?
Joel – It depends what sport is playing! If the sport is on than Jess is the third wheel. But any other time, I’m happy to take that.
Jess – I also feel like I’m on a perpetual boys trip with these guys!
We first got to know you with your song ‘All Things’, can you tell us about the heart behind the song?
Jess – ‘All Things’ was the first song that we released because we thought that it really captured the vision of what we wanted to do. It really strongly said the verse that ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ And so the heart behind all of VERSES music is that we wouldn’t just make Christian songs, which is needed in the world, but to communicate His Word. The heart behind that was that people would hear the message that they can do all things through Christ. And so if you can put that to great music that people want to listen to, sing to and have in their homes, that’s something we were really were passionate about.
Luke – Yeah so that’s how we originally went to America. A friend of ours from Australia, showed a friend of his our music, and he really loved it and it caught their vision straight away. And then he showed it to a lot more people in Nashville, which is where we are based now when we are there. And so that’s how we went America originally.
So it’s like you had a perpetual summer going from an Aussie Summer and then American Summer?
Luke – Yes we definitely planned it so that we’d come home for December and January! I think we need to plan that forever!
Luke – Sometimes it happens by starting with a verse, or I’ll be reading and think that if people knew that, it would be awesome. We have a song called ‘Your Love’ based on Romans 8:38, ‘Nothing can separate us from God’s love’.
I feel like your song ‘Be the Light’ sums up what you guys are all about – going out and shining a light in the world. Can you tell us about ‘Be the Light’?
Jess – This one is based on Matthew 5, about being a city on a hill and not hiding your light. This one was not really a song to sing in a situation, but is more of an anthem to remind Christ followers of their purpose. They can sing throughout all of it to ‘be a light’, and ‘shine like a city on a hill’. It also talks about not being ashamed. Especially for young people it’s hard to say that I’m a Christ follower. It doesn’t look cool and you know the way that the media portrays Christians.
Thanks so much for sharing with us, we are so excited to see what else is coming your way!