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Q&A: Grammy-nominated artist and pastor Travis Greene

GREEN PASTURES AHEAD: Pastor and Grammy Award nominee Travis Greene (photo credit: Premier Gospel)

TWO ALBUMS deep with another in production, Pastor Travis Greene is juggling ministry, spending time with his wife Jackie and their two sons as well as chart success - not to mention singing for President Donald Trump - with an ever-present smile.

Last weekend, Greene fans in London were treated to live performances from the Intentional singer, who is in the midst of a UK tour. No stranger to London, he stopped by the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) TV studios in March to record a praise and worship session before retuning to the capital last month for a press conference at Premier Gospel radio and a live interview with station director and famed musician Muyiwa.

With multiple awards and nominations including two nods from the Grammys and a Premier Gospel title under his belt, Voice journalists were excited to have our questions about the married, Georgia-raised gentleman answered:

Q: It's your first UK tour, right?

A: Yeah - it's my fourth time here but it's my first time doing multiple events and being here - I'm just having the time of my life.

Q: What are you expecting from the live British audience? You've had a taste of it already, you've met Pastor Paul Adefarasin...

A: I've met Pastor Paul - he's phenomenal, oh my God, that man..! He's the second person I've met that I think is in the wrong dispensation - it really seems like he should've been in the Bible...him and Bishop TD Jakes!

I got a glimpse of that (the British audience) at TBN - oh my God, it was out of this world! Oh man, I mean...there was no work-up, there was no nothing - from the first word and the first drum they were in worship. It was out of this world!

Q: Walk us through a typical Sunday for you, when you're not travelling...

A: It always involves travel! Sometimes flying in and landing in America at 6 in the morning...driving an hour and a half from the airport, getting dressed very quickly, getting there (Forward City church in South Carolina) in enough time to walk up and preach two services, go home and take a power nap - wait, I mean, eat some food first! I can't eat restaurant food on Sunday, I need home cooked, I need jallof rice, haha! My wife from Ghana man..!

Q: Why do you think the traditional sound and feel of the African-American worship experience have had such a great impact on church culture in the UK and other places abroad?

A: I think it's the fIrst word - that's African, it's not African-American, it's African. What we do, from the rhythm, to the sound, to the style is birthed out of Africa which I believe is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. To me, it's just breathtaking to see the impact the music has had across the world and across culture.

Music is the thing that breaks the language barrier. Music can break every wall so God uses it - when I go to Africa I'm reminded of where it comes from, and it comes from there.

Q: For 2017 and beyond, how do you think ministers of music and gospel artists can influence political and social change in America if at all? You sang at Trump's inaugural event so you're not afraid to get involved...

A: My advice is very simple - engage culture. The only way to change anything is by confronting and engaging.

There's three responses you can have to to culture. There is one of tolerance and just accepting whatever happens. There's the other one, which I believe believers have become professional at...complaining about culture! Or, we can get involved in media, move upstream, get involved in politics, get involved in the police force, get involved in education, instead of sitting back and just complaining, 'I wish this was like this' - read a book, get involved and engage - confront it.

That's what we did with the political climate in America. Instead of sitting back and complaining I had an opportunity to engage in it and to show Jesus and take His light into a dark area and so, when God told me to do it that's what I did. The outcome was way more positive, it was overwhelmingly positive feedback. We got way more than the little negative feedback, so I'm glad we did it.

Keep up to date with Travis Greene on Twitter (@TravisGreeneTV) and listen out for his latest at www.PremierGospel.org.uk

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