Fireflight’s lead vocalist Dawn speaks with cmaddict contributor Jon Fisher about their latest album “Now”
1. Your last album was titled “For Those Who Wait” and the new album is title “Now.” Is there any significance to that juxtaposition?
We didn’t set out to create one, but in the end I suppose it’s a pretty big coincidence, lol. Truly, the message of FTWW was for those who felt stuck in a waiting game, to look deep and see how God was working in the midst of our troubles. Now is a call to take action: to rise above, break free, and defeat the things inside of us that hold us back. Because this life is about more than living in the past, this world needs us to take back our lives, so that we can be light to those who are still in the dark.
2. Did you approach this album differently musically than past albums?
We wanted to turn up the intensity musically, to create music that cultivated the feeling of urgency in our hearts for the message that we felt God had given us.
3. What is the significance of the symbol on the front cover of the album?
We created a symbol to be the mark of what we are encouraging to become a movement…to promote the feeling that there is a force we can join with the power of Now.
4. Was this the first time you worked with Jasen Rauch?
This is our first album ever with our friend Jasen Rauch (RED). We had an incredible time working with him and are very excited to be a part of his burgeoning career as a record producer.
5. Your new album seems like you took your sound in a new direction. Can you tell me how your sound has evolved?
We didn’t try to take our sound in a new direction per se, we just wanted to take it to a new level. We’ve added a lot of new electronic elements and have worked hard to express a new openness and raw honesty in our lyrics.
6. Tell me about the new video for “Stay Close.” How was this different than the previous videos that you shot?
We used a producer named Kip Kubin, who we’d had been delighted to work with earlier on the short-form interview video for “What Ive Overcome.” He did an incredible job with that one, so we were excited to see how a full-blown music video would go. We weren’t disappointed! It was my first time playing a fully developed separate character, which was pretty challenging, but we are very happy with how it all turned out.
7. You had the same line-up since 2002 until 2011 when Phee left. How did you transition with his departure? Do you still keep in touch with him?
Phee left us to pursue a speaking ministry on his own, but we stay in touch all the time. God led us quickly to our new drummer Adam McMillion, and he has been an incredible addition to our team.
8. Tell me about your “Stay Close” tour.
The “Stay Close” tour is going strong, with Rapture Ruckas, Cory Lamb, and Devin Williams. We’ve got stellar production that we’ve never traveled with before, and the shows have been awesome so far.
9. Who would you list as your musical influences?
30 Seconds to Mars, Foo Fighters, Def Leppard, and Juliana Theory, among others
10. What is one thing about Fireflight that people might not know that they should know?
We answer all of our own messages online on
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11. What scripture would you consider to be most meaningful/influential to you?
2 Cor. 1:3-4
” 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ” God has comforted me through all of my trials, and I believe He has done so to help me be an encouragement to others.
12. Are there any particular missions or outreaches that you are passionate about?
We are strong supporters of World Vision and The Legacy of Hope International. We also support Hello Somebody and To Write Love On Her Arms.