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Friday, February 17, 2012
Interview with Christian Music Artist Joshua Otte
Joshua Otte's Heart for God Sings Through His Music CD 'Already but Not Yet'
Joshua Otte is a Pastor, Worship Leader, Bible College Instructor,
Christian Music Artist, husband and father of two young and energetic
boys (just to name a few of his roles). He has a true heart for God and
which was readily evident throughout our interview. Despite the fact
that we've known each other for most of our lives, I found Joshua so
interesting that the interview generated enough great information that
you can look forward to a second article soon (focusing on his Christian
As Joshua said, "Jesus is the king of the earth and of the universe.
Because he is my King I want to follow him, I want to obey him. I love
him because he first loved me. And that's why I sing about him." I hope
you'll be inspired to grow closer to the Lord by learning more about
Joshua and his music. His cd, " Already But Not Yet " is available in mp3 format at iTunes.com , Amazon.com and through other venues noted at the end of this interview.
Phyllis Wheeler (PW): Pretend we don't know each other and tell me about yourself.
Joshua Otte: I am a Pastor who loves music and I love what music
can do. It connects the head and the heart. I love people to be moved by
music with great thoughts. Especially great thoughts about our Great
PW: What is the goal of the CD?
Joshua Otte: My CD tells a story, actually God's story, and it
picks up toward the end of Jesus' life. It's all about how Jesus has
accomplished redemption but he hasn't completed it yet. It tells the
story from the time of his death on the cross to his resurrection and up
until he comes back again. So, between his first coming and his second
coming. But in between that there's a lot of stuff happening. The middle
songs in the album tell what's happening to us. Jesus is in heaven but
we as his followers are living here on earth as exiles. We pray and live
in light of his return with hope. Hope for what God can do in us and
through us right here. For ourselves but also for our neighbors and even
for the world. But the cd ends with a hope and a confidence that Jesus
will return and bring about a new creation and then redemption will be
PW: How did you select the songs for the CD?
Joshua Otte: I had the idea of the title "Already But Not Yet;"
that irony and tension that Jesus has accomplished redemption but it's
not completed yet. Telling the story of the Gospel, the good news that
Jesus is accomplishing God's rescue plan. So, I took a lot of the songs
that we sing in our church and a few old hymns that had been forgotten
and put new melodies to those. Really all the songs are old hymns with
new tunes or new hymns with old tunes.
PW: Were there songs you originally thought you would include but changed your mind?
Joshua Otte: (Laughter) Yeah, yeah. When I was doing the project
most of it was before I decided on the title and the theme. One of my
favorite hymns is "Be thou my vision" and that was one of the ones that I
tried to fit in but, uh, I sing it to my kids every night so... there
are a few other songs but they would have duplicated the theme instead
of building the theme of the songs.
PW: Who is your target audience for the cd?
Joshua Otte: I hope that it encourages a variety of people but
especially people who follow Jesus and are looking to sing songs that
are theologically rich, gospel centered, with contemporary sound.
PW: Do you think your cd would appeal to non Christians?
Joshua Otte: I think people who don't yet know Jesus or follow
him would be encouraged by this music. The lyrics are very poetic so
they speak to the mind and the soul. I think they'd be very inviting to
find out who Jesus is and the hope that he brings.
PW: How did you get started in music?
Joshua Otte: When I was around 12 my dad taught me how to play
guitar and helped my buy my first guitar. And I used to sing in my
church's choir and quartet. I played in a band after high school.
PW: How does your family feel about the CD?
Joshua Otte: They love it. Sometimes even play it (laughter). My
youngest shouts my name "Daddy" a lot when he hears me on the CD player.
It's pretty touching.
PW: How long did the process take from conception to publication?
Joshua Otte: Almost a year. Studio time it took between about 50 hours. But I'm unsure about all the planning and post production.
PW: Where is the CD available for purchase?
Joshua Otte: Here's a bunch of ways to access, listen, download and buy [the "Already But Not Yet" CD/mp3].