A few days ago I posted a video on YouTube of two Mormon sister missionaries performing an upbeat version of “Nearer My God To Me” (watch it here). It’s already received over 10,500 views and climbing!! The arrangement they are singing was originally written by Paul Jacobsen and performed by a really cool “mega-band” called The Lower Lights. I caught up with Paul, who kindly agreed to this exclusive interview (i.e., Q&A via email).
MEET THE LOWER LIGHTS
THE BAND MEMBERSHIP
Paul: If I understand your question correctly (which I’m not sure I do), I would say that we don’t ask people to put any affectations on their singing.
Musically, we’re doing a certain thing, but we want each singer to be able to do what they do, without feeling inauthentic. One of my favorite recordings is our version of Hank Williams’ “Calling You” where you get a real cool cross-section of the band— Mindy Gledhill is a pop singer who normally wouldn’t be doing a Hank song like this and she brings her unique voice to it in the way she feels best about, then there’s Dustin Christensen who can sing just about anything but is more of an Americana singer, and then Mark Smith who has this great, unmistakable drawl to his voice that I just love. The three of them on one song, to me, is one of the best things about the Lower Lights, this juxtaposition of different things that somehow works.
Friday, July 26th, 2013 at Brigham Young Historic Park in Salt Lake as part of the 2013 Temple Square Concert Series.
Keep an eye out for www.TheLowerLights.com
HOW TO GET THE MUSIC
BUY THE MUSIC OF THE LOWER LIGHTS HERE: http://thelowerlights.bandcamp.com/
- Sister Missionaries Perform “Nearer My God To Thee” (mormonsoprano.com)
- The Lower Lights: An LDS Tinged Super-Group (cityweekly.net)
- The Lower Lights (patatomic.com)