Interview with Monk and Neagle

Monk & Neagle is an acoustic-rock duo that brings on catchy hooks with harmonies so tight you could bounce a quarter off ’em. At a show last night in Evansville (also featuring Shane & Shane and Bebo Norman), I caught up with Trent Monk and Michael Neagle during intermission to do a quick [edit: impromptu] interview. Here’s how the conversation went:

Chia: The primary audience for my blog is comprised of worship leaders. What’s one of your favorite worship songs?

Monk: Well, most of the songs we sing aren’t really “worship songs,” but there is one song that we love. It’s called “Hallelujah, Jesus” by Evan Wickham. When we heard this song we just had to put it on our new album. We don’t do a lot of worship leading, but we wanted this to be a worshipful moment on the CD.

Chia: Very cool. As musicians, what advice would you offer to worship leaders?

Neagle: Be yourself. You need to live in your own skin. One of the most powerful lessons I learned was to find out who I was as a musician. It’s one thing to be inspired, it’s another thing to imitate someone else’s sound.

Chia: Finally, when you are not playing music, what do you do to serve Jesus?

Monk: It’s like our song “The Twenty-First Time.” This song is a call to action for Christians, and we are serious about being involved in those areas. As we play it we find ourselves more and more challenged.

Note: “The Twenty-First Time” is a song that speaks of ignoring the plea of the homeless and under-resourced. Some of the lyrics are:

She’s 29 but she feels 48
She can’t raise 3 kids on minimum wage
She’s crying in the back of the welfare line
But I pretend not to see her for the twenty-first time

This is a call for a change in my heart
I realize that I’ve not been doing my part
When I needed a Savior, I found it in Him
He gave to me, now I’ll give back to them

After chatting, Sarah and I pre-ordered their new CD. Monk & Neagle are an awesome group worth your listen. In fact these guys are so cool they even have a blogging resource page.

Trent, Michael, it was very cool to meet you guys. Keep the great music coming.


6 Responses to “Interview with Monk and Neagle”

  1. 1 worshipcity September 7, 2007 at 8:03 am

    Very cool dude! I’m curious, did you have this setup beforehand or just walk up and say: “Hey I’ve got this totally rad blog and my readers would love to hear about you mind if I ask you a few questions?!?!”

  2. 2 Billy Chia September 7, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    No, totally impromptu. These guys were very cool and gracious and seemed excited to be a part of my website. At some point I’d love to set up interviews ahead of time. It was tons of fun.

  3. 3 worshipcity September 7, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Maybe when they come here I can go, “HEY, read about you on Inept as Icing! Billy’s the man! Let’s follow up shall we, what’s your take on…”


  4. 4 Billy Chia September 8, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    Yeah, seriously, let them know you liked what they said on my site.

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