Soundsgood Records’ recording artist Rob G is serious about his faith. His approach to representing his beliefs on record is also no nonsense. Critics and fans were equally as stern with their opinion of Rob G’s album, Make Believe; they’re in firm agreement the set’s a masterpiece. When asked the highlight of his globetrotting career in music ministry, Rob G jokes, “Throwing the game-winning horse shoe at the 2012 Soundsgood Vacation is what comes to mind first. The rest is to be determined.”
Rob’s hit single, “Is It Just Me” (which features his wife, Soundsgood singer Tina G), is about determining whether we’re right or wrong about eternal life. Born Rob Gilreath, the Lansing, MI native musician established his purpose, and belief of what awaits him, during his late teens. He tells SoulTrain.com all about it in this exclusive interview.
SoulTrain.com: So, Rob G, you toss a mean horse shoe. Are you one of those naturally athletic, super competitive types?
Rob G: Some find this hard to believe because I’m a musician, but I actually spent the first 18 years of my life more heavily involved in sports than anything else. I love playing sports and making everyday things into competitions.
SoulTrain.com: As a musician with Soundsgood, your ministry mission is to “share the gospel, make disciples, and reproduce.” You’re actively competing against adult-oriented secular music to win the hearts and minds of today’s youth. When did you claim your own personal victory?
Rob G: One of my favorite memories was experiencing God’s presence in worship during my time at Rockford Masters Commission when I was 18 years old. I always thought I had to try really hard to earn God’s love. But it was during these times in worship that I learned I was the righteousness of God through the work Jesus did on the cross.
SoulTrain.com: At that point you were still in the dark, so to speak, then the light just came on for you.
Rob G: It finally clicked. It was crazy. For years I thought I wasn’t good enough and that I had to strive on my own to become a “better person.” That thought was always so enslaving. When I learned that there was freedom in Jesus it forever changed my life!
SoulTrain.com: What were you like before your spiritual lightbulb came on?
Rob G: I was controlled by selfishness, insecurities, lust, depression, laziness, entitlement and pride. It wasn’t until God’s Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin and need of Him that I received freedom from these things. There still may be battles but Jesus has won the war, and over the years I’ve experienced him take me from glory to glory like he promised he would do in His word.
SoulTrain.com: The words on “Is It Just Me” are powerfully thought provoking and impactful, as are the rest of the lyrics throughout Make Believe. I’m sure a number of people would say they’re grateful for the music you’ve made, but tell us why you became a recording artist.
Rob G: I became a recording artist because I love music and I believe it is a powerful tool to reach the youth. So many kids we know have such an unbiblical view of who God is. My heart’s desire is through music to open their eyes to the truth of Jesus.
SoulTrain.com: Some of today’s youth may attempt to close their eyes to a sermon, but they’ve proven their ears are always open for some good music.
Rob G: Music has always, in my opinion, been one of the strongest ways to get a message across. Not only is music inspiring and enjoyable, I believe the central purpose of music is to send a message. And what better message to send than the good news of Jesus?
For more on Rob G visit SoundgoodRecords.com, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @RobG_Music.
—Mr. Joe Walker
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