Kingdom Builder w/ Jay Heilman

/Kingdom Builder w/ Jay Heilman
Kingdom Builder w/ Jay Heilman2020-06-26T03:02:50-04:00

What started out as an occasional podcast on the review site Christian Music Review in early 2008 featuring interviews with artists in Christian music, soon began to branch out into film, books and even sports.

Now, twelve years and over 100 full-length radio shows later, Kingdom Builder continues to grow into a program devoted to highlighting music and interviews of those who shine in the world of Christian entertainment.

From 2008 to 2015, Kingdom Builder (KB) ran a few times a month featuring interviews with different guests mainly from the Christian music industry and was posted on ChristianMusicReview.org (now TCE).  Occasionally, the podcast would feature guests from the world of film.

In 2016, on-line radio came knocking and offered KB an opportunity to break outside of it’s traditional interview-only podcast format and take on a one-hour radio format that featured the latest Christian music singles, Bible teachings and of course the special guests.  KB initially had its first run on radio on the Central Florida-based on-line radio network, One Jam Nation Radio (OJNR) in 2016 and 2017 before making a brief run on Eastern Tennessee based on-line radio network Righteous Rock Radio in 2018 and eventually to its permanent home now on SoundCloud.

Prior to its run on on-line radio, KB existed in 6 different seasons with the following guests and airdates:

Season 1 (2008)

  • Episode 1 – Dolph Lundgren (January 30, 2008)

  • Episode 2 – Kevin Hughuley of Rush of Fools (February 20, 2008)

  • Episode 3 – Warren Barfield (May 7, 2008)

  • Episode 4 – Brian “Head” Welch of Korn (June 4, 2008)

  • Episode 5 – Kirk Cameron Fireproof (July 15, 2008)

  • Episode 6 – Alex Kendrick Fireproof (July 15, 2008)

  • Episode 7 – Collin Stoddard of 33Miles (September 19, 2008)

  • Episode 8 – Josh Reedy of DecembeRadio (September 19, 2008)

  • Episode 9 – Mike Nawrocki/Larry The Cucumber of VeggieTales (November 2, 2o08)

Season 2 (2009)

  • Episode 1 – Alex Kendrick Interview by Kevin Davis (February 11, 2009)

  • Episode 2 – John Waller (April 1, 2009)

  • Episode 3 – Night of Joy 2009 – Kutless (September 29, 2009)

  • Episode 4 – Night of Joy 2009 – Leeland and Michael Tait of Newsboys (September 29, 2009)

  • Episode 5 – Night of Joy 2009 – Sonny Sandoval of POD and Flyleaf (October 14, 2009)

  • Episode 6 – Night of Joy 2009 – Mercyme and Jars of Clay (October 20, 2009)

  • Episode 7 – Oz Fox of STRYPER (November 3, 2009)

Season 3 (2010)

  • Episode 1 – To Save A Life Cast Randy Wayne, Sean Afable, Josh Weigel & Kim Hidalgo (January 19, 2010)

  • Episode 2 – Ben Zobrist (May 18, 2010)

  • Episode 3 – Alex Kendrick Courageous (June 15, 2010)

  • Episode 4 – Patrick Doughtie Letters To God (August 10, 2010)

  • Episode 5 – Corbin Bernson Rust (August 25, 2010) (Not Aired)

  • Episode 6 – Sean Afable To Save A Life (September 7, 2010)

  • Episode 7 – Lincoln Brewster (November 9, 2010)

Season 4 (2011)

  • Episode 1 – Phil Vischer What’s In The Bible? (January 11, 2011)

  • Episode 2 – Nick Vujicic (January 18, 2011)

  • Episode 3 – Kevin Downes Like Dandelion Dust (January 25, 2011)

  • Episode 4 – Grace Card Cast David Evans, Michael Joiner & Michael Higgenbottom (February 1, 2011)

  • Episode 5 – Will McGinnes Know Hope Collective (March 1, 2011)

  • Episode 6 – Rebecca St. James (March 1, 2011)

Season 5 (2013-2014)

  • Episode 1 – TJ Harris of Decyfer Down (July 12, 2013)

  • Episode 2 – Ray Comfort (July 26, 2013)

  • Episode 3 – Jeremiah Carlson of Neverclaim (September 13, 2013)

  • Episode 4 – Michael Sweet of STRYPER (October 18, 2013)

  • Episode 5 – Shane Harper God’s Not Dead (February 11, 2014)

  • Episode 6 – David Ellefson of Megadeth (February 12, 2014)

  • Episode 7 – Ray Comfort (March 6, 2014)

  • Episode 8 – Anthony Evans (April 7, 2014)

  • Episode 9 – Beckah Shae (April 16, 2014)

  • Episode 10 – Michael Sweet of STRYPER (April 17, 2014)

  • Episode 11 – Colton Dixon (August 23, 2014)

  • Episode 12 – Blake Rayne and Erin Cottrell Identical (September 2, 2014)

Season 6 (2014-2015)

  • Episode 1 – Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North (November 4, 2014)

  • Episode 2 – Ginny Owens (November 10, 2014)

  • Episode 3 – Al Robertson of Duck Dynasty (December 18, 2014)

  • Episode 4 – NF (March 24, 2015)

  • Episode 5 – Beckah Shae (July 20, 2015)

  • Episode 6 – Kevin Young of Disciple (August 22, 2015)

  • Episode 7 – Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North (November 4, 2014)

RADIO SHOWS (In Order of Airing)

*Broadcasts 63-68 were re-airings of shows featured on One Jam Nation Radio

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Aside from Journey’s Jonathan Cain and solo artist John Waller, I have not interviewed one guest for KB more than STRYPER’s Michael Sweet. This was the third time I had interviewed him, and the first time on KB as a radio show.  I admit now, going back and listening to it, the sound quality was horrible! But, we all have to start somewhere and eventually we were able to make tweaks to the sound and get it to where it is now!

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Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, aka Plumb is one of the nicest people that I have had the opportunity to meet and interview in all of my years doing KB.  This marked my second interview with her and the first by phone for radio.

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Colton is not the only Dixon with singing chops and Schyler Dixon proved that with her debut EP.  I was excited not only to write a press release for the first song “Let Me Down”, but I was able to exclusively debut it on my show.

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This was the last Night of Joy that we would attend.  Sadly we did not realize that at the time as Hurricane Irma canceled the second half of the event in 2017 and the event folded up forever soon after that 🙁

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While I absolutely love hard rock music, there are only a few bands in metal core that I can listen to.  For Today was one of those groups and I considered myself lucky to have Mattie Montgomery join me for this show just before the band broke up and went their separate ways.

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I had gotten a chance to interview Chris Rademaker and Jodi King, the married duo that makes up Love and the Outcome at Winter Jam a few years prior to this show, but this interview was special.  Jodi and Chris were new parents when we did this show, which added a whole new dynamic to touring.  I enjoyed chatting with Jodi about the band and the joys of parenthood.

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You won’t meet anyone nicer in Christian music than Joel and Luke Smallbone, the duo that makes up for KING & COUNTRY.  This was one of two interviews that I did with Joel for the film Priceless, which Joel also acted in.

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The interviews with Masey McLain and Jaci Velasquez were originally going to be done over two shows, but we went ahead and combined them for this special show talking about the film I’m Not Ashamed.  The story of the Columbine Massacre was terrible as one can imagine.  I remember it well, as I was a senior in high school when it happened.  Though most going into the theaters to see this film knew what the ending would be, it was a story I am glad they were able to bring to the screen. Hearing Masey talk about conversations with Rachel’s real life parents was eery, but I really think did a great job in highlighting the unwavering faith she had despite the circumstances she was in.  One of my favorite interviews for sure.

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This was the first time I had talked with both David AR White and Journey’s Jonathan Cain.  While I was certainly excited to talk to David about his book, I was absolutely elated at the chance to talk to Jonathan, who had just released his first solo Christian album, What God Wants To Hear.  Jonathan penned most of Journey’s biggest hit songs including the unforgettable “Don’t Stop Believin”, so it was really cool to talk with someone on the phone that I literally grew up listening to on the radio!

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This was another one of those interviews I was really excited about.  I was a huge fan of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, so when I was given this opportunity to talk with Al about the Bible that he and his father Phil had written commentary for (The Duck Commander Family Bible), I was understandably excited.  Though I did this interview back in December 2014, having KB on radio gave me an opportunity to go back and re-air/feature this chat over two weeks.

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This was another one of those interviews I was really excited about.  I was a huge fan of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, so when I was given this opportunity to talk with Al about the Bible that he and his father Phil had written commentary for (The Duck Commander Family Bible), I was understandably excited.  Though I did this interview back in December 2014, having KB on radio gave me an opportunity to go back and re-air/feature this chat over two weeks.

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Though Today’s Christian Entertainment is essentially run separate from the KB, I always try to include my writing team in the stuff I do with radio.  This episode was special, because I was able to go and highlight my team’s favorite songs from 2016.

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Just like we did for the previous week’s episode, we went and featured TCE’s writing team’s favorite songs of Christmas.  Another fun episode to do!

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Not only did we get a chance to play the favorite Christmas songs from TCE’s writing team in the previous week’s show, but for the first time, I was joined on Kingdom Builder by multiple members of my writing team including P Daddy Sean Perry, Laura Chambers and Kelly Meade.  It was definitely fun being able to have them on for this special Christian show!

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What an absolute treat this interview was!  Despite being an Ohio State Buckeyes fan myself, I found it amazing to be able to sit down and chat on the phone with NCAA football coaching legend Bobby Bowden.  In his 33 years as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles, Bowden is currently ranked #4 all-time in wins by a college coach.  Sean and I would be able to meet him a month later for the red carpet screening of the documentary, The Bowden Dynasty.

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Aside from the interviews I have done with Journey’s Jonathan Cain, this was the most thrilling one I have been able to do.  I have grown up a huge fan of bands like Journey and Foreigner, so when given the opportunity to talk with original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm, I counted it quite an honor.  It was really cool hearing of the impact that God has had in his life and of course talking about all of those big songs including “Juke Box Hero”. What a thrill this one was!

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I have always wanted to interview author Jerry Jenkins, c0-writer of the Left Behind books, so when I was given the chance to talk to his son Dallas about his brand-new film, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, I was really excited.  One thing I liked about this particular conversation was his experience working with WWE legend, Shawn Michaels, a wrestler I grew up watching in the 80’s and 90’s.

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This was truly a show of legends here.  It had long been a goal of mine to be able to do an interview with Christian music legend Bryan Duncan, but what I didn’t know when I was getting interviews ready for that week’s show is that an opportunity to chat with country legend Reba McEntire would fall into my lap at the same time! It was such a thrill to interview Reba and the crazy thing about that interview was, when she came on the call, she introduced herself to me with that trademark country twang like I didn’t know who she was! I count myself fortunate to have been able to interview not one, but two legends in one week!

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This was the second time I had the chance to chat with Joel from for KING & COUNTRY about his film Priceless.  The first was for the theatrical release and this one was for the bluray/dvd release.  While I was able to get some insight into the heart of the film during the first chat, this was really cool because I was able to build onto what we covered in that first one and even talk about what was next for the band, which would eventually be Burn The Ships.

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I was really excited about interviewing Ayiesha.  I had gotten a chance to meet her about 8 years earlier when she was on the height of her run with Gotee Records, but I did not get a chance to interview her until this chat.  She had since become a great friend to our ministry at TCE and Kingdom Builder and just happens to be a fellow Floridian like myself 🙂

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I have always been a big fan of Mel Gibson, whether he’s on-screen or behind the camera, so when I got the chance to interview Terry Benedict, the producer behind his film Hacksaw Ridge, I jumped at the opportunity.  Not only did Benedict produce the film, but he was close friends with the real-life Desmond Doss whom the movie portrayed.  It is always great being able to talk with someone with first-hand knowledge of a real-life person.

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This interview was exciting for a few reasons.  Number one, Steven was one of the first artists I had covered after launching Christian Music Review in 2004.  His record All Things New was one of the first couple that we had reviewed.  Having seen him live in concert and meeting him on numerous occasions over the years, I had never gotten the chance to interview him, so it was exciting to do that.  He was promoting his memoir, so I was able to talk with him on a broader variety of things rather than just focusing on one project.  Definitely one of my favorite chats.

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I have been a huge fan of Aaron Shust since he released his debut record Anything Worth Saying in 2005.  Aaron is not only an incredible vocalist, but one of the top songwriters in my opinion.  I had an opportunity to interview him about his first live record Love Made A Way and it was cool being able to talk with him about his approach to writing, even going back and even talking about his big breakthrough hit “My Savior, My God”.

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Like the previous week’s show, this one featured an interview with the real life person behind a movie.  Pastor Victor Torres, who was the real-life inspiration behind the film Victor joined me for this call and after talking to him, it was amazing to see how God had taken someone who was literally running with gangs as a teen to preaching the Gospel.  I would be able to chat with him again in person at ICRS in Cincinnati, OH a few months later.

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Like the previous week’s show, this one featured an interview with the real life person behind a movie.  Pastor Victor Torres, who was the real-life inspiration behind the film Victor joined me for this call and after talking to him, it was amazing to see how God had taken someone who was literally running with gangs as a teen to preaching the Gospel.  I would be able to chat with him again in person at ICRS in Cincinnati, OH a few months later.

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I had interviewed Michael Joiner before back in 2011 when he did the film The Grace Card and over the years Michael and I had become friends.  So it was good to be able to catch up with him again for Kingdom Builder to talk about his new comedy film, Heaven Bound.  I have a lot of respect for Michael being a Christian in Hollywood but still standing for Jesus.

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Stu G and Martin Smith of Delirious? were two that I had long wanted to bring on Kingdom Builder, so when I got the opportunity to interview Stu for his Beatitudes project, it was a lot of fun.  Stu had managed to bring together some of the biggest names in Christian music for the project including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Matt Maher, Hillsong United and more, so I had a great time talking with him about the project and how everything came together.

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Not only has John Waller been featured on Kingdom Builder many, many times, but he has truly been one of my biggest fans and encouragements to having been doing it as long as I have.  Not only have I gotten a chance to feature him and his music on our shows, but his songs (“Our God Reigns Here”, “As For Me and My House” and “Awakening”) have served as the intros to our shows for the last decade.  In this episode, I caught up with him at an Easter concert he was doing in Orlando, FL to talk about his new music.  Funny enough, the only way we were able to capture this interview was to lock ourselves in his 15-passenger van to record! 🙂

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Oh man, this interview was probably the most fun I have had doing EVER!  This interview was originally from late 2009, being one of the first run I did for Kingdom Builder.  I remember going into this call not knowing what to expect.  I was talking to Mike Nawrocki, the co-creator of the hit kids series VeggieTales and the next minute I was talking to Larry the Cucumber.  It was crazy!  There were several moments during the call where I literally had to mute my phone because I was crying laughing at his incredible ability to switch from his voice to Larry’s!  Don’t think I’ll ever be able to top this one, definitely a blast to do!

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I have interviewed Todd many times over the years, but this was actually the first one to air on Kingdom Builder.  Working in the Christian music industry over the past years and listening to hundreds of records, his 2005 record Reflection of Something still remains in my Top 5.  It was great finally featuring him on KB for his greatest hits of sorts, From Grace To Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew.

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I am sentimental and love going back and well, that’s what I did for this one.  Went back to play songs that were blowing up radio in 2007!

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Though The City Harmonic wasn’t around for long, I feel their music made a huge impact in the time they were.  It was great being able to talk with lead singer Elias Dummer about his time with the group and what he felt the future held for his career as a solo artist.

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Jeremy Rosado is one of many American Idol alumni I have gotten a chance to interview over the years.  Jeremy is a native of Central Florida like myself, so it was only fitting that while talking about his new Rewind EP, we were able to debut his new single “Trust” exclusively on Kingdom Builder.

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I always enjoy interviewing new artists.  I had met Natasha a few months prior to interviewing her when she was on tour with John Waller and JJ Weeks Band.  It was a lot of fun talking to her about touring and her new album We Will Rise.

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“Give Me Jesus” has always been one of my favorite songs so when I was offered the chance to chat with its writer Fernando Ortega about his new album The Crucifixion of Jesus, I was really excited.

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When I gave my life to Christ in June 2003, the first band that I listened to and really got into was Third Day.  I think I had seen them on every major tour they did from 2004 on and so when I got the opportunity to chat with both Mac Powell and Mark Lee for their album Revival (which would turn out to be their last), I felt it to be a culmination at the time.  I mean these guys were a part of the band that got me into Christian music to begin with.  To be able to talk with them about their careers was just downright cool!

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I had always wanted to interview Matthew West and despite attempting before so, this was a first.  In my opinion, Matthew is one of the best “story teller” artists out there.  Using his fans’ stories as inspiration for his music is just incredible.  With this interview, I got a chance to talk with him about his book Hello My Name Is and his upcoming record All In.

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Prior to interviewing Mark Lee about his book Hurt Road, I didn’t realize the incredible obstacles that he’s overcome over the past 30 years.  That’s what made his book such a great read and I was really honored to have him join me on KB.

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Jasmine Murray is truly one of the most talented up-and-coming artists right now.  A former American Idol alumni like Colton Dixon and Jeremy Rosado, it was cool having her come by to talk about her record Fearless and even her time on the show.

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Wow, what an incredible show this was.  Of every radio episode or podcast I have done for Kingdom Builder since 2008, this is hands down the one I am most proud of.  Rich Mullins was such a talented musician and songwriter and his untimely death in 1997 really left a wound in Christian music.  If anything, it showed that even Christian musicians were mortal.  I originally had the idea of doing this back in 2007, but it just didn’t work out.  So when I started piecing this show together in early 2017, I had a list of artists that I wanted to include and to my surprise, every single one of them were really excited and wanted to be a part of it.  I guess that’s what makes this one so special.  It was also one of the toughest shows I had done as well.  When I had finished recording everything for it, I had about 3 hours of audio to go through and try and edit down to the one hour and forty minute running time it finished at.

I was truly caught up talking with these five gentlemen because I could really hear the emotion in their voices reflecting back on what Rich meant to them. The one person I was really looking forward to talking to was Mitch McVicker.  Mitch was in the jeep that fateful night with Rich and though he doesn’t remember much before or after the accident – he survived.  At one point in our talk, I could tell that Mitch was on the verge of tears on the other end of the call.  Probably one of the most emotional interviews I have ever done, but I am truly proud of how it turned out.  I really hope it did justice in preserving the legacy Rich left behind to the world of Christian music.

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I really enjoyed meeting Jennifer McAlister at ICRS in 2017 and though I did many interviews the event, the audio on many of them didn’t turn out as I would have liked. 🙁 This one though was a great one because of the unique story of her experience at the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013.  Though only a small part of her book Press On, it was a book that really could resonate with those who read it.

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This was the second time I had interviewed Jonathan, this time for his Christmas project Unsung Noel.

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Since the release of their debut record End Of Silence in 2006, RED has been among my favorite rock bands.  It was great being able to talk with bassist Randy Armstrong about the band’s final record with Provident Label Group called Gone.  This was the second time interviewing Randy for Kingdom Builder, the first being a few years prior for their 2015 record Of Beauty and Rage.

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I really enjoy talking to folks in the world of film.  On this show, I got a chance to talk with Judd Brannon, the director of the film Champion.

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This was the interview that started Kingdom Builder way back in 2008.  And man, was it a big one.  First off, when the publicist reached out to me about a film called The Final Inquiry, I honestly thought they would see if I wanted to interview a writer or even a producer, but for the lead actor and action superstar Dolph Lundgren? Never thought that that would have happened, and for the first interview of a yet-to-be-proven interviewer! To say I was nervous would be an understatement, because I was! It was super fun and definitely a great place to get things started though!

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This was the second show I did for Kingdom Builder on Righteous Rock Radio, so one thing I liked doing with the radio show was to play popular mainstream songs done by Christian artists.

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I was actually excited about interviewing Dawn from Fireflight, another one of the people I had met and seen live in concert, but hadn’t gotten a chance to interview.

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Okay, so there was an entire one hour show for this one that aired on Righteous Rock Radio, but sadly it wasn’t saved to the backup drive, so the show itself was lost – but the interview I did was not!  In this one, I interview Brittany Yost, the producer of the Biblical action flick Samson.

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This was a replay of the 2017 interview I had done with an all-new show pieced with it when we re-aired it on Righteous Rock Radio in 2018

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This was a really cool show to do, but another one that was a bit time consuming to piece together.  I had done the interviews over 3 different days, but I think it turned out really good.  I was excited especially for this one because it was the first time I had interviewed the Erwin Brothers (Jon and Andy) for one of their films.  Madeline Carroll was really cool to interview as well and I actually didn’t realize that she was the actress who voiced Bonnie in Toy Story 3 until I was doing research for the interviews.  🙂

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Jordan is one of the most laid back artists I have met and interviewed.  He’s a great songwriter but whether I am hanging out with him and interviewing him in person or just over the phone, he’s just a cool dude.

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I have gotten a chance to talk with many legends in music for Kingdom Builder including Bryan Duncan, Reba McEntire and others, but I have never interviewed someone that spent his time daily with Elvis Presley.  Richard had served as one of The King’s background vocalists before he landed in his current role with the Oak Ridge Boys, so it was definitely alot of fun being able to talk to someone who knew Elvis personally.  This also marked one of the very first interviews that Kelly Meade had done, so it was cool of her to tag-team this one with me since she has grown up a fan of Richard and the band.

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When I had set up the interview with Josh a few weeks prior to ICRS in 2015, I was not sure of what to expect.  He was an older guy, an apologist, so I completely expected someone who was very serious and knew his stuff.  Little did I know that yes, he was an older guy, but probably one of the funniest people I have ever met! It was totally unexpected, but a great interview.  I even included a soundbite of him trying to record a radio liner for us, which was absolutely hilarious!

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One of the most anticipated tours of 2018 was the Newsboys United tour.  Not only did the tour feature the new lineup including Michael Tait, but longtime fan-favorites Peter Furler and Phil Joel.  I was excited to have Phil sit down and talk with us about his band Zealand and this amazing tour.

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Okay, so STRYPER’s latest album God Damn Evil had a super controversial title, but this interview went a long way in explaining that it was anything but taking God’s name in vain.  I always enjoy having Michael come by and talk about new music, whether its STRYPER or his solo stuff.

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This interview was extreme last minute – like I had only had 20 minutes to prepare for last minute!  But, it was one that I had been trying to get for a long, long time and since I was so familiar with Michael W. Smith, it was alot easier than maybe preparing for an interview with a newer artist.  It was actually cool finally getting to have him on KB.

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This was another show that I didn’t have backed up to a hard drive, but thankfully I did for the interview.  I grew up watching Ted Dibiase on WWF along with Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and others, so when I had the opportunity to interview about his documentary The Price of Fame.  He even did the Million Dollar Man schtick for me for the interview!

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I had seen the film Same Kind of Different As Me prior to this interview with Ron Hall, but it was cool talking to the real-life person that Greg Kinnear portrayed in the film alongside Renee Zellweger.  It was great talking with him about the book Working Our Way Home, which was the stories after the events of the movie took place.

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This was the third time I had interviewed Jonathan Cain on Kingdom Builder and this was the one I actually enjoyed the most.  Like the interview I did with Lou Gramm (Foreigner) in 2017, this time around I got a chance to talk with Jonathan about his time with Journey and his new memoir bearing the name of their biggest hit, Don’t Stop Believin’.  I was able to get the inside story behind that hit song and others from the Journey catalog, so it was like taking a trip back to the 80’s for sure!

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Anyone who knows me knows that I have been a huge fan of Collective Soul since they started in 1994 and when Jason Fowler put me in contact with Will Turpin when he was releasing his solo record, Serengeti Drivers, I was really starstruck.  I mean I had listened to and seen this band live many times over the years and to actually talk with someone from the band was amazing.  I have since been able to meet Will and meet other members of the band.

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Jason Fowler is one cool dude. He has an amazing testimony as well as witnessed in this show.  He’s incredibly humble and I am glad that we were able to feature him on this one and now the new intro for our show.

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This was a fun interview, one we did the first year we flew up to Boston for Hillfest.  Chad has a great testimony and I was glad we were able to feature this one.

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I had interviewed Building 429 in person back in 2015 at Winter Jam, so it was cool to catch up with Jason again for their newly released independent music.

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When I met David + The Giants drummer Keith Thibodeaux at a show in late 2018, I knew I wanted to have him on the show and this was actually the first of three in our “Legends of Christian Music”.  This guy has not only been the drummer for the band since the 1970’s, but also starred alongside Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball as “Little Ricky” in I Love Lucy. So it was really cool to chat with him for the show

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Another cool interview here.  John Schlitt was another one of those artists I had on my list and I was really excited when he accepted my invitation to come and talk to me about his days in Head East, Petra and his current group, The Union of Saints and Sinners.

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Billy was another cool interview.  Whiteheart are legends of Christian music alongside Petra and David + The Giants, so I was really excited to include Billy on the Legends series.  Hoping to do some more of these kinds of interviews in 2020 🙂

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It was cool going back and re-featuring this interview with some new music around it for Righteous Rock Radio.

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As mentioned prior, John has been a guest on our show many times and I was excited to get him on KB again to talk about his new record Explosions of Light and his move with his family from GA to California.

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I was really excited to go back and re-air this one from 2014.  In the transition between Christian Music Review and TCE, this one was lost and not really properly featured.  It was one of the most exciting interviews I had done, having grown up a fan of Megadeth and other metal bands, but it was a long interview that we had to split between two shows.

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I was really excited to go back and re-air this one from 2014.  In the transition between Christian Music Review and TCE, this one was lost and not really properly featured.  It was one of the most exciting interviews I had done, having grown up a fan of Megadeth and other metal bands, but it was a long interview that we had to split between two shows.

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This was a real treat and Kelly was a total trooper! I had kind of thrown her into this number one, because I knew she could and two, I figured listeners would like to hear a different voice carrying the show.  She did a great job not only on the show, but the interview with Danny as well.

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Always a pleasure to catch up with Jonathan Cain of Journey, this was actually my fourth time having him on KB – this time to talk about his new solo record, More Like Jesus.

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Like I mentioned before, always fun to go back and feature songs from decades past 🙂

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This one was fun! Not since 2005 had I gotten a chance to interview John, so I was definitely excited when I was offered to do this one.  Even got a chance to see the Victorious Sky tour featuring Alter Bridge a little while later 🙂

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While I have met the Kendrick Brothers and interviewed them many times, this was actually the first time I had had Stephen come on the show.  I have had his brother Alex on many times, so I was excited to have Stephen come by to talk about Overcomer.

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This was interesting show and while we had actually intended to have Joel come by again, we weren’t able to get it set up due to time constraints, so we decided to actually feature an interview instead that the guys did with Dolly Parton and their duet with her on “God Only Knows”

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I was excited to have Aaron come back on KB, this time to talk about his new studio record, Nothing To Fear.

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Matt is the newest member of Pentatonix so I was excited to have him come by and not only talk about his time in that group, but also as a part of the new worship collective, E58 Worship.

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This interview was fun for the simple fact that I grew up watching John on Dukes of Hazzard, so being able to talk to him about was pretty cool.  For this particular interview, John also talked to me about his new solo record, Recycling Grace.

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Another flashback episode? Yes please 🙂

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I always enjoy talking with Michael Sweet from STRYPER and his new solo record Ten was amazing.  So many talented musicians on that one and it was great having him come by and tell me what it was like working with all of them.

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I enjoy going back and featuring covers by Christian artists.  This was the last show of 2019 and the first for like three months!

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We experience Rock The Universe like Rock Stars this year, loved going back and talking about that trip – had a blast!

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The new Erwin Brothers film I Still Believe is a phenomenal movie and I was really excited to have Jeremy Camp come by to talk about the movie and what it was like seeing his life portrayed on the big screen.

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I have interviewed Kevin Downes a few times before, so it was cool getting his perspective from a producers standpoint on the film I Still Believe.

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This was one of the first interviews I did with Kingdom Builder back in 2008 and I am glad to FINALLY go back and replay it!  Hoping this will lead to a follow-up with Brian as well.

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This was the second interview I had done with Christian music legend John Schlitt, the first being back in January 2019 for the “Legends” series.  With the release of his latest solo record Go, I was able to not only discuss that, but go back and go more in-depth with his time in his mainstream group Head East and his early years in Petra.  As a history buff, I really enjoy talking to people who toured mainstream in the 70’s and 80’s since that was the majority of the music I grew up with. 🙂

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Part two of my chat with John Schlitt 🙂

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Christian hip-hop is a genre that I have not covered very often and aside from KB and NF, I have not interviewed too many from the genre, so when I had the opportunity to chat with Chris Greenwood aka Manafest, I was excited to finally be able to have him on the show.

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I was really excited for this interview, because as mentioned before I am a huge history and music buff, so being able to talk to people that were a part of the “classic rock” scene especially intrigue me.  Kansas is one of those bands that I have enjoyed listening to, the deep cuts more than the well known tracks (“Carry On Wayward Son”, “Dust In The Wind”) and the two records John did with them Vinyl Confessions (1982) and Drastic Measures (1983) are actually among my favorites from the band’s catalog.  I had also long enjoyed John’s solo work as well, so it was exciting to get him on the show to talk about his time in music.

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Part two of my conversation with John Elefante 🙂

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One of the things I love doing as far as interviews go, is being able to talk with new artists.  Brooke Robertson is a new artist and one of the first to sign with Burtonwood Records (an imprint of Nashville Label Group, founded by Seventh Day Slumber frontman Joseph Rojas) and I really enjoyed talking with her about her debut record, Taking My Voice Back.  Brooke has a painful story to share in regards to the title track, which was really hard for her.  She is super talented as well as you will find by listening to her debut.

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This was an exciting interview for obvious reasons.  Steven Curtis Chapman is a Christian music legend and probably one of the most successful and decorated artists in the industry’s history, so being able to have him on KB was exciting.  This was the second time I have had him on, the first back in 2017 where he talks about his book Between Heaven and the Real World and this conversation which focused on his most recent album Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows and his response to COVID19, with his new single “Together (We’ll Get Through This)” featuring Brad Paisley, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Lauren Alaina.

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Tasha Layton was an artist prior to this interview that I had never gotten a chance to interview.  A former American Idol like past guests we have had, she was able to talk about her experience on the hit reality TV show and the following world tour with judge, Katy Perry.  Tasha has a beautiful voice and music that is truly inspiring, glad to have had her join me.

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I remember meeting Colton for the first time in 2013 while on Third Day’s Miracle tour and though I was originally scheduled to interview him that day, his flight was late getting in, so I had to push it back until the following year on tobyMac’s Hits Deep Tour.  Colton and his family are one that we have gotten to know over the years and when I did this one, I realized that I hadn’t done an actual interview with him since 2014’s Anchor record came out despite having seen him in person many times between then and now.  This kid is seriously talented and I enjoyed this chat especially, not only for his new EP, but even more for his excitement about being a first time dad later this year.  His new music is awesome too, pick it up!

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I have long been a fan of Anberlin and though I was not entirely familiar with Stephen Christian’s music in Anchor & Braille, it was definitely exciting to talk with him about his side project’s newest release.  I was also thrilled to hear that after a long absence, Anberlin will be returning with new music in late 2020 or early 2021!

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Christafari is a group that has a very unique sound, melting together raggae and pop music with a Gospel message, they are a group that I think everyone should take a listen to.  Although I have been offered the chance to have Mark join us on Kingdom Builder, we could never get the schedule just right, so I am excited to not only have him join us for this show, but his wife as well, the lovely and talented Avion Blackman.

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I really enjoyed chatting with Mike for this show.  Though Mike’s debut EP The Dawning Fire would be more considered acoustic folk and worship, I was surprised to find that we both like the same Christian metal bands!  Another similarity is how we are both huge fans of the late Rich Mullins and consider him, along with Keith Green, some of the most influential artists (and honest) artists to come out of CCM.  Really like this guy!

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Ida Maree (pronounced EE-DA) is a newer artist that I had the pleasure of interviewing.  This chat was a first in a few ways for me.  Number one, she lives in Australia, so the 14-hour time difference is the longest I have ever done.  She was literally in “tomorrow”.  I also used Zoom to record this one, which was another first.  If you have not heard her music yet, you should definitely check her out!

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Jodi Essex is another new artist and perhaps one of my favorite artists to talk to in recent memory.  It’s always cool when I am able to talk to someone about bands I grew up with and they actually know who they are!  This was the case with Jodi – a true rocker!  Her record Irreverent is out now is a gem and worth picking up!