Worship... What does it mean to you? This group from Las Vegas seek to see others encountering Jesus. For the Impact Band worship is a daily act, but it is also their mission. This group of young people seek to worship not only in a way where they live pleasing to God but by cultivating an atmosphere for all to encounter God.
We were privileged to talk with a few of the band members, lets see what they had to say....
KingdomSoldNYC: When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
Jeffrey: Well, The Impact is only about a year old. However, we have been playing together as a youth group for years! We do worship in our youth group “LiV Youth” at Word of Life Christian Center here in Vegas every Wednesday night. So, we have been playing together for a long time. Quin has probably been on the youth worship team the longest (16 years), as I have only been in it for about 4 or 5. It varies for everyone.
The Impact got started in August 2015. We had gone up near Big Bear in California for a youth camp. Every time we go, Gods presence moves in such a way that I have not experienced anywhere else. It's truly a life changing week.
When we were up there, watching everyone work so efficiently as a team was one of the most inspiring things to me personally. After the camp, we came down the mountain full of what God poured into us individually that week. Then as I was driving maybe a day or two later, I was worshipping to the song “Wake” by Hillsong Y&F. Then all of the sudden, it was like God opened up this vision inside of my heart and everything just clicked. I knew from that moment; I needed to start a separate project for the purpose of bringing that “youth camp” experience down the mountain, where young people could encounter God through worship. At that time, I didn't know what it was going to do or look like. Valerie (my wife) later came up with the name “The Impact.” Then after a series of member changes, we ended up with our youth worship team as being a part of The Impact.
Quin: Jeff and I had known each other before the Impact for about 6yrs through our previous bands. About a few months before the camp had started another band called Reckless Reckless, geared more towards ministering to the hardcore/metal/pop punk community.
When Jeffrey had shared the vision God gave him to me, my first two thoughts were, "yes absolutely" & "man...Jesus, I'm in a lot of bands, you're gonna have to manage it." Lol
Jeffrey: As far as where our inspiration mainly comes from, we want to worship Jesus with a new song. We long to see others having an encounter with God in a way they never have before. Even in the music we write we try and make sure that the style of music is fun and energetic. Our primary focus is youth and young adults. Our goal is to get them to sing the lyrics and open up their hearts to allow God to move in their life as well as impart revelation. That's imperative to us.
KingdomSoldNYC: What's the hardest thing about being in a band?
Jeffrey: Relationship. Period. Hahahaha!
I am just kidding, sort of. We love each other so much! However, there has been a lot of growth in the group. I believe that's why God put all of us together; because we have already had years and years to get to know each other on a personal level. Being in a band is like being in a family, except you get to choose these family members. For example, you may have that sister or brother that just annoys the heck out you, but at the end of the day, you are still there for each other. You love each other no matter what happens regardless of the petty things you may fight over. We're not perfect, at all. In fact, we are far from it! However, we have learned how to forgive each other and continue to move forward. Plus we have to set an example of unity in the body of Christ. We cannot be separated and still do what we do. Everything we do big and small, we have to do together. Otherwise, it won't succeed. With that said, I think one of the hardest things we had to go through were member changes. Ambria and Daryl were originally in the group. They had to leave for personal reasons (Air Force, Opportunities, etc.) and when they did, it walloped us. Not so much because they were our main singers but because when they left it felt like losing a family member. There was a looming sadness over at least myself for awhile. When you're in a band with someone, you get to share this special relationship that I really can't explain. You understand things that others wouldn't get and we miss them.
Quin: I agree with Jeff, relationship is probably the biggest thing that can be an issue with a band. Fortunately, 5/6 of us grew up together in and outside of our church. We are all family in that sense. Also, Jeffrey and I have known each other before this band as stated above, so we've had respect for each other musically before we became fam bam.
For me, I'm in 3 bands currently, all active and have to deal with a lot of different scenarios. Right now I'm on tour with one, so I'm calling back and forth to everyone about what's going on with our band.
KingdomSoldNYC: How would you describe your music?
Quin: I'd like to think we sound a bit like Hillsong Y&F with a bit more of an edge. We all have extensive experience in different genres of music, so it comes out while we write. But no matter what we write, God has a funny way of pulling all of our tastes together. Right now even writing the newer full-length effort, we're more cohesive then we were on the first EP. Our latest single "Restless." I like to say, Cayla came in and made her shoes after Bri & Daryl left, instead of having to fill anyone else's. Also, I'm excited to see how Micah (our newest member) will make his.
KingdomSoldNYC: You mentioned you started out as a ministry first, but as a band that is doing ministry what your goals are?
Jeffrey: We have a lot of targets! Where do we start? Short-term, we want to reach our city first. What God has been emphasizing within me is to reach out to Las Vegas & connect the worshippers all over the valley. We don't just want to grow ourselves, but we want to see other worship teams grow as well. God has been giving us connections with significant individuals in the city. Such as promoting local worship nights, concerts, etc. He has also shown us that Vegas would be a launching pad for us to be put out to the rest of the world, which leads to our main goal. We want to reach the world for Jesus. Right now, we are looking into going to very specific places in the future and others depending on what God wants to do. Such as the Philippines, Brazil, Florida, Texas, Oregan, Dubai, California and more. How it's all going to work right now? I have no clue. I just know that these are a few places God has been opening opportunities. Eventually, we want to be able to do this full time as well. Another specific goal though regarding the ministry itself though is as we stated before, to have people to encounter God on a deeper level. We put a lot of focus into our events. When people come, we want them to come expecting God to do something radical in their life. What we have found to be true, is that the more people expect God to move the more He does. It works with our faith I believe. When we pull on heaven, heaven falls on us more than we could ever anticipate. That's what we want at our concerts, events and worship nights. Whether we have a crowd of 10 people, or 10,000. We work hard to build that expectation, and while making sure, we hear whatever it is the Holy Spirit would have us to do that night. We want to see the fruit that remains, people's lives changed forever. God can do that in a single night & we have seen it happen! That's why we believe worship is so crucial. Also in regards to our music being distributed all over the world, we want people to access God through that as well. I know for me, Jesus Culture did that. It helped me get through a lot of stuff, fears especially. It encouraged and strengthed me. It is when I was able to hear God the clearest, listening to worship music that I could connect with. I can only hope that we can do the same for somebody else in this generation.
KingdomSoldNYC:Anything you would like share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?
Jeffrey: Yes! Lots of new things and in this interview I would like to announce a couple of them for the first time officially! Number one; Right now we are working on recording in our studio (Sound of Light Studios) for our first “Unplugged EP.” We are almost done and hoping to have that released before December! There is no official date yet so make sure you follow us on Twitter for updates. @The_Impact_
Number two; We will be coming out with our first full-length album in 2017! This is the first time announcing this (as of 9/28/16). We are going to be recording at the Sound House with Jake Hamilton and Michael Miller in Redding California! This is the same place Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Hillsong United, etc. have done some of their albums in and we are completely stoked to be able to have this opportunity! We will be fundraising for that as well so please, if you believe in this vision we believe God gave to us, help support so we can put this out into the world!
Number three; If you live in Las Vegas, we have an incredibly special event coming on Friday, November 4th! We will be playing inside of our youth auditorium at the address 3510 N. Buffalo Las Vegas, NV 89129. If you can make it the event will be FREE and doors open at 6:30
KingdomSoldNYC: Any shout outs?
Jeffrey: If you haven't heard of our good friend David Rice, he is an up and coming artist from Las Vegas as well with some pretty fantastic music. Please go check out his single “Chasing Your Love” on Spotify!
Also on November 4th we will be playing with Ahava (an amazing worship team from Las Vegas) & Jon Keith (a rapper from San Diego). Another mention is our friends at Waterway worship, they go city to city and invite worshippers to come and worship with them. Amazing people.
Quin: Lastly But not least by any means, WORD OF LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTER!!
Our home church, who have helped us so much it's ridiculous, Pastor David & Vicki and Pastor Andy. We love our pastors and would like to thank them for what they're entrusting to us with their support.
KingdomSoldNYC: Our favorite question, do you have an encouraging word for anyone that may come across this interview?
Jeffrey: We have a million things we could say here. So, we will just keep this question simple.
God loves you. Don't partner with the lies that say you're not worth it. Find your identity in His love and grace and in the cross of Jesus. When you do that, God can pour into you everything that He is. God is love! Then you can take that out to the world and be an impact to your generation. We call ourselves The Impact because we are more than a band, we are a movement. You can be a part of that movement for Jesus. Your the impact the world needs, we are only here to help you realize that. To help you understand that you're Gods prized possession and that He wants to use you! He has called you to change the world!
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