Mass Anthem recently signed with DREAM Label, and has an album out, Through People Like Us. Speaking with lead singer, Chad Sowards, on behalf of the group, Chad tells us a bit about the band’s experience so far in the music industry, and how the group has maintained its zeal to do what God has called them to do. Also shedding light on some of his personal principles, Chad presents some inspiring words that not only sets the band apart, but would also set any heart ablaze!
Miranda ~ Hello! Glad to have you visit TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about Mass Anthem?
Chad: Happy to be here! Our purpose as a band is to speak life over and into people. The best way we know how to do that is through music. We love touring, experiencing new cities, and meeting new people. We always set out to create music that will inspire people and encourage them on their walks with the Lord.
Miranda ~ What led to the choosing of the name, “Mass Anthem,” for your group?
Chad: Romans 15:5-6 says, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We want to eliminate the separation between the stage and the audience when we perform. We want the anthems that we sing together to be with one mind and one voice. In short, the definition of our band is, “the masses of people gathering together to lift up their anthems to the Lord.”
Miranda ~ How did the three of you come together to form the band?
Chad: We formed at Judson University in 2014. Tyler and I are brothers and we’ve known Joey throughout our years in college. We recorded our first album on campus, and then started playing at camps and high schools. The more time we spent on the road meeting new people, the more our passion for this ministry grew. Now we have graduated from Judson and relocated to Nashville, TN, to continue pursuing this dream.
Miranda ~ What events led to you meeting the executives of DREAM Label and, what has been your experience so far in the industry?
Chad: We came to a point in our career where we prayed that the Lord would provide a team that was passionate about our mission and wanted to support us and work with us. Less than a week later, we got a call from Lance at DREAM. He told us he had been following our music and journey for a few months and wanted to partner with us as we continue to make albums and travel on the road. Our experience with them has been amazing and we’re so excited to be pushing our first single to radio in a few weeks!
Miranda ~ What inspires your particular blend of music and, who are the people/artists who’ve influenced you greatly? Why them in particular?
Chad: Musically, our inspirations come from all over! Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, The 1975, and Grey. However, the main artists that have influenced us are For King and Country, Tenth Avenue North, Jordan Feliz, MercyMe, and Citizen Way.
The secular artists above inspire us because they are always stretching the boundaries of music. They are always producing music that is creative, fresh, and catchy. Our goal is to create the same fresh and creative music, but one that also changes people from the inside out because of the gospel’s message.
Miranda ~ What is your underlying principle in songwriting and, how do you know a song is ready?
Chad: My principle is to always write from what I know. When I try to write a song outside of my box of experiences, it’s usually because I’m trying to please people or I’m trying to write a big song for the wrong reasons. When I write within my experience and personal story, God shapes me during the writing process. He works on my heart first, before He uses the song for other people.
Sometimes a song never feels ready, and sometimes it feels ready after twenty minutes of writing it. What I do know is, a song is never finished when the first session is done. It’s crucial to go back to the song a week, a month, or three months later and revise and rewrite parts that can be better.
Miranda ~ Who would you say Mass Anthem has been called to sing to—the broken-hearted, lost, prejudiced etc.? What do you believe you bring to the music scene that is missing today?
Chad: We believe we are being called to sing to today’s youth. We want to be relevant with, not only our music style, but the way we convey biblical truths. We want to bring a sense of realness to the Christian music industry by writing songs about what God did for us in our own lives. We want to write songs with a purpose, rather than a song with a bunch of Christian cliché sayings that sound good when people sing them.
Miranda ~ Would you say that your experience in the industry so far matches what you imagined it would be? What would you like to see change in the Christian music industry?
Chad: We have a lot of connections in the industry and knew a lot of what to expect going into starting the band. Our sister and brother-in-law were both signed to Christian labels at one point, and we have many good friends still in the industry. We feel so blessed to have so many people who have experience in the music industry that we can learn from. If there’s one thing we would change, it would be radio play. We would love to hear Christian radio stations playing fresh, new music, and new artists on a regular basis.
Miranda ~ What are you most grateful for, individually and as a group?
Chad: I’m thankful for community. I’m thankful for people who love us, support us, and continually encourage us.
We are most grateful for how God is providing for us every step of the way. He has come through in our time of need and even when we feel that we do not need anything. He is constantly opening up doors for us to share our message with the masses of people. We are also grateful for each other as a team. We mesh really well on and off the stage, and that means the world to a band.
Miranda ~ What advice would you offer to a band who believes that they’ve been called to go into professional singing, especially, into the Christian industry?
Chad: It’s not always the most talented person that makes it in the industry. It’s the person who works the hardest and gets up every day and strives to be the best artist they can be. A lot of times, it also takes a leap of faith. Any opportunity to better yourself in your craft goes a long way. Playing a show for 5 people prepares you for playing for 5000 people. Work hard. Get people in your corner that believe in you. Take a chance.
This is That (The Fun Qs!)
Coffee, Tea or Mocha? Coffee all the way!
TV or Magazine? TV. We are professional Netflix binge watchers.
Boots or Sneakers? Sneakers. We’re all about Nikes and Adidas.
Breakfast or Dinner? Trick question…We love breakfast for dinner.
Juice or Smoothie? Smoothies.
Gym or Outdoors? We love the outdoors! We love exploring new cities and seeing new sights.
Leather jacket or Blazer? Leather jacket! A leather jacket can take anyone from zero to hero.
About Mass Anthem
Mass Anthem is a Christian pop band originally from the Chicagoland area now located in Nashville, TN. The trio is comprised of brothers, Chad and Tyler Sowards, as well as Joey Atansio. Their debut album, ALIVE, was released in June, 2014, followed by their most recent record, Through People Like Us, which released on DREAM Records in January, 2018.
Mass Anthem relocated to Nashville, TN in pursuit of furthering their music career and making roots in the Christian industry. Mass Anthem has a passion for the youth and the upcoming generation. They hope their music inspires today’s youth and encourages them with a positive message. The band cites Newsboys, Colton Dixon, for KING and COUNTRY, Hawk Nelson, Citizen Way, and Hillsong Y&F as inspiration.