Gordon Mote, known for his time with the popular Gaither Vocal Band, is bringing his blend of Southern gospel and contemporary Christian music to Oklahoma City.
The singer-songwriter, whose keyboarding skills regularly earn him praise, recently embarked on a solo career. In a recent telephone interview from his Nashville, Tenn., home, Mote, who is blind, said he is grateful for all the Lord has done for him over the years. The recording artist overcame many obstacles, including his blindness, and was playing piano at age 3 without any professional training. His latest album, “All Things New” (New Haven Records), features vocal collaborations with several recording artists, including the Gaither Vocal Band, Darius Rucker, Matthew West, Trace Adkins and Scotty McCreery.
Mote said he is looking forward to visiting Oklahoma City as part of “An Evening with David Jeremiah” on Nov. 14. The gospel presentation by Bible teacher, author and televangelist Jeremiah will feature music by Mote and Marshall Hall, who is worship leader at Jeremiah's El Cajon, Calif., church.
Mote discussed his album, his solo journey and touring with Jeremiah in the recent interview.
Q: What is it like to be part of “An Evening With David Jeremiah”?
A: I've been to his church four or five times and performed in concert there. I've also been there with the Gaither band. We recently had our first rally with him in Jacksonville, Fla. We had over 6,000 people — it was fantastic. There is a lot of music and, of course, he will bring an encouraging message. It's a great night. People really seem to enjoy it, and the great thing about it is it is free. You have to have a ticket because they like to know how many are coming, but it is free.
Q: Why did you name your latest album “All Things New”? I know that it is the name of one of the songs. Do you consider it the theme of the album?
A: We were kind of throwing around the song idea and I said wouldn't it be cool to call the record “All Things New,” because this is kind of a new season in my life being a solo artist. I've been doing solo dates for these six years, seven years really, but I've also been doing the Gaither tours. Now I'm totally on my own. It is a new season in our lives and in our ministry. The other thought was every day is a new day. We may have had a bad day yesterday or we might have failed or we may have done something that we regret, but everyday is a new day. We get new chances so I wanted to go with the theme “All things New.”
Q: I read that the song “Broken Open” is kind of like your musical autobiography. Is that true?
A: A little bit. Well, a lot. When I was a teenager, my friends were getting cars and driving and going in every direction. A lot of times they would include me but a lot of times they'd be going so fast, they would forget or I would feel I was kind of in the way. But you know what? I think all teenagers have this identity crisis. I think they are all searching at one time or another, trying to find out who they are. Of course I had that, maybe more than some. Because I went through that, I think anytime your heart is broken, anytime you have some big mountain to climb, it makes you much more sensitive to someone who is going through a similar situation.
Q: Sounds like family is important to you. Can you talk about your song “The Sound a Dream Makes”?
A: Kimberly and I have been married for 21 years now and we have three children. Our youngest is 6, Ashton. Our middle son is Parker, who is 13. Our little girl Amanda just turned 17. “The Sound a Dream Makes” is a song that I wrote about our kids. It kind of looks back at all those milestones in our kids' lives. We can all kind of look back and remember the first time our kids did “fill-in-the-blank.” When a sighted person looks back at those memories, they see those images as if it were almost on a video screen. They can see it vividly. For someone like me, who has never seen, I hear those images vividly. That's where the title of this song comes from. That song has had a really incredible response because everybody can relate to a song like that. I love the line that says “when her laughter gives away her favorite hiding place.” I think it really paints a sweet picture.