Christian-Rock Artist Jodi Essex is back, this time with the single “Offend”. The last time I have mentioned Essex was last year with her cover of “God Bless America”. But, what about “Offend”? Why is this song ready to shatter the silence through what some may call “unpopular opinion”? Continue to read on to find out! Also, don’t forget to check out Jodi Essex’s “Offend” down below, and let me know what you think!
Hey! What has been going on with you and your music since the last time we touched bases?
Hello again! First, I’d like to thank you for taking time out to chat about my new release, appreciate it! I hope you are well and healthy 😉
Wow. Where to start? The answer I’m seeking to give feels so nebulous! I guess for me, along with the rest of the world, given that we were smack in the middle of the first wave of this pandemic, it was a time of varied feelings and sorting my thoughts out about the future, possible next life steps, and the overall physical well-being and mental health as a human race.
On a professional level, I knew that touring to support my 2020 album release, “Irreverent,” was out of reach for obvious reasons. So, knowing that I had almost an entire year before touring opportunities would possibly present themselves, I decided to create some more music!
I synced up with members of my amazing marketing team and we began brainstorming a list of producers that would be a good fit for my next round of tunes…which of course, needed to really ROCK.
Out of that discussion, surfaced Josiah Prince who is the guitarist for a mainstay, a faith-based band we know and love, called Disciple. Not only is he a great musician on stage and a solid songwriter in his own right, but he has an incredible ear with out-of-the-box tendencies when it comes to producing other artists.
We began sessions together in his studio out in Nashville, Tennessee, and out came some amazing co-writes that completely exceeded any expectations I had going in!
Let’s talk about your recent release “Offend”. What is it about?
“Offend” is about standing up boldly & speaking out for your deepest beliefs, even at the risk of being unliked or offending others; in this case, a call out to accountability for the truth of the gospel. Things like religion, the bible, Christianity – inherently are offensive to some people. They may be offended just by the nature of something.
So, I’m not referring to the act of being “offensive,” or unkind, or brash to another, but more in the vein of standing up for what one believes even if it offends someone. How someone else feels is out of our control, so you say what you have to say, stand up for what you believe in truth, and love, and however someone is going to feel, is how they’re going to feel. It’s not our job or responsibility to manage that; their feelings belong to them.
What inspired you to write the song?
A: As we entered into our first season of COVID, there seemed to be a sudden onslaught of leadership in churches stepping down, denouncing their faith and strongly held beliefs. The shocking stories of known and respected thought leaders, faith-based musicians, and other public figures who were once Christ-followers, were now proclaiming that it was all a farce.
“Offend” became a blatant call out of all pastors & church leadership targeted to those who have fallen into the trappings of power. With power comes the desperate need & desire to be liked; where inclusivity & gaining “followers” becomes more important than the teachings of the gospel and all biblical history/subject matter. And, we have seen more now than ever, these leaders are getting so caught up in creating & teaching self-made beliefs to satisfy oversaturated mainstream culture, that they’ve grown fearful of scaring people away at the thought of actually teaching the Truth, which again, inherently will create division in various circles.
What kind of sound (or musical genre) inspired the musicality of the song?
This was definitely shaped and written as a hard-hitting rock song from the beginning. There was no doubt in that anywhere along the way!
What is the most important thing that you want listeners to take away from the song?
I want listeners to feel empowered, emboldened, and confident enough to speak up for their beliefs. I want them to feel energized and re-energized as they traverse their journeys. I want this message to ring loud and clear for both sides of the fence – both church leadership and congregants. I want there to be questions that arise from listening to the lyrics of this song and watching the music video.
I’d hope that people, whether they are believers or on the cusp of accepting Jesus as their Lord & Savior, question what this all means. I hope they question accountability in their leaders. I hope they become united in one voice to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done; let the truth shine.
What’s next for you?
Ahhhh….more music of course! I will also tell you that it’s just been confirmed that “Offend” will now be part of Album #2, coming to you in 2022!
Thank you again for the opportunity to speak on your forum, always a pleasure!
Make sure to check out Jodi Essex’s “Offend” down below and let me know what you think!
About the Artist: Jodi Essex
You know the feeling of refusing to do something you feel like you’re supposed to do? It is from this place of resistance the song, “Irreverent,” came to be. After years of casually ignoring God’s prompting to write faith-based songs, Christian-rock artist Jodi Essex is ready to answer it boldly with her breakout single, “Irreverent,” set to release January 24, 2020; a fearless declaration, this song invites listeners not to rebel against God’s calling, but rather to live for Christ in an authentic way that is unapologetic to the world.
Jodi was born in the beautiful coastal town of Carmel located on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California. She took great interest in the performing arts as a youth. Jodi grew up as a regular soloist in her church and also helped lead worship for her youth group. Her first recording studio experience was at the age of 12 where she recorded several cover songs of her then-favorite Christian contemporary artists.
She began to segue into commercial acting and landed her first episodic role on Candid Camera. Jodi continued to develop her vocal and performance skills which led to an interest in writing her own music. Influenced by so many artists and sounds, she sought to find her own style. She began focusing solely on a music career, playing and touring in two secular rock bands she helped to form.
Years later, after finally heeding strong promptings from God and feeling led to share some hard-learned life lessons and poignant, transformational experiences, she went back to her faith-filled roots and decided to write and produce a faith-based album, aptly titled “Irreverent.”
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