David E Maxwell
January 30th, 2012 davidemaxwell
1. Tell us a little bit about your band, your vision and your experiences in the music industry.I am an Independent Artist/Producer/Composer, who loves God with all my heart. I am a solo act for now. I would love to someday have a Band to travel and perform with. I got interested in music at the early age of five when my father and his band would rehearse in the basement. At the age of eleven I formed my first neighborhood band. My vision is to have a Record Label not only as a business but as a ministry as well. My goal is to help other independent artists reach their goals in the music industry.
2. How long have you known the LORD for, and how does your relationship transcend into your music?I was introduced to the Lord at around age eight but growing up in the inner city trouble was always at hand. It was not until Easter of 1990, that was a very important turning point in my life. I reached out and called on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who answered and delivered me from the gates of hell. Returning to my church roots, I began again, to rebuild my foundation and faith in God. I began to be strengthened and grow in grace more and more as i acknowledged the gift giver. As the years went by, I became the praise and worship leader for several churches, realizing that the gift of music is not just for self but to minister to others as well.
3. Do you consider your music to be more of a ministry or a business? How do you feel about the artists and bands that operate other than you?Well, I must say that my business of music is a ministry for the simple fact that music has always ministered to me by filling me with joy and gladness. Whenever I was sad or just dealing with life issues my music ministered to me and gave me peace. Of course there are those who are in Christian or Gospel music strictly for the money, and some of them have great musicianship and play only on Sunday morning. I can not judge them, however they have to give an account for themselves.
4. How did you get started in the music industry/ministry?I joined the Hebron Tabernacle Church, where I filled in and played the piano behind the Pastors wife during praise and worship services. I fell in love with Christian music. Ever since then I wanted to do my own music and at times I did and it gave me much joy.
5. Tell us about the best experience that you have had since you started working/ministering through music.One of the best experiences I had was when I was ministering with the group called Friends. We would travel from state to state and would minister through Songs, Testimonies and short Skits. We were at a tent revival in Baltimore MD., while we were in the middle of singing, a drug dealer came strolling down the isle, threw his drugs down on the ground and gave his life to God. Not soon after that a Police Officer who was assigned to watch the tent, came up and gave his life to the Lord too.
6. Tell us about the worst experience that you have ever had in the music industry.To be honest, I really can’t recall a worst experience except for one time in the middle of a song we lost electricity for about twenty minutes.
7. Has being a musician become a full time calling, or do you still hold down a 9 to 5? If so, what do you do and how does it relate to your music?Not yet, I long for the day when it becomes full time, though I am not working full time, I do spend a lot of time in my studio and on line ministering, sharing, promoting and preparing to make it full time through social networking.
8. What is your discography? (Please provide album covers and links for purchase…preferably CD Baby and Amazon).
I released my debut CD 01/05/11 entitled “The Praise Up Project”. It can be purchased on
CD Baby ~ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidemaxwell
Amazon.com ~ http://www.amazon.com/The-Praise-Up-Project/dp/B00589HP24/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310452161&sr=301-1
iTunes ~ http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/free-flow/id444650063?i=444650077&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
…And many other digital download distributors.
9. A lot of music professionals have stated that the music industry is dying. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not.I disagree, because how can the music industry be dying when there is more and more music being produced. I can go to my website and my social network page, upload my own music to the web in a matter of minutes, and sell it to anyone in the world with an internet connection…I would say the way that the music industry use to operates is dying but not the industry as a whole.
10. How has the Internet played a roll in the promotion and marketing in your music? Do you consider it to be the great equalizer in the music industry?Thanks to the demand caused by the rising number of independent music artists and their desire to sell music online, several websites have risen to support this market. The old way has changed where you had to be on a major record label to have your music distributed or even recorded and promoted. Now I’m able to produce my own professional music independently.
11. Do you have any upcoming record releases or tours that we should know about? Any recent awards?I am currently working on my second Cd project and prayerfully it will be released sometime in midsummer. I’m in the process of collaborating with other artists. Also, I have a few Radio interviews coming up, I haven’t Gotten any awards yet.
12. How do you balance your music, family, faith and work?
Prayerfully and with the love and support of my wife Theresa who loves music and encourages me. I must admit, at times I can lose my balance but she is always there to level me and keep me steady. I can say that I’m truly blessed by her patience and sacrifices……I Love you Theresa!
13. If you could meet 1 person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? (if there is more than 1 member of the band, let each one answer individually).Well, this is kind of a tough question because there are so many I’d like to meet. One that comes to mind now is Bruce Lee, because I like martial arts and I like his philosophy. I have always been a fan and would love to have sat and talked with him.
14. What church do you attend? Do they support the band? If you could change 1 thing about their support, what would it be?I just recently joined Bethel Deliverance International Church and have not joined the music ministry yet, but the last church I was the Praise leader and they were very supportive of me and my music. There really isn’t much I would have like to change.
15. What is your favorite bible verse? How does it apply to your music and your life?My favorite verse is ROMANS 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. This verse helps me when I want to ask God questions like, Why is this happening to me and I don’t understand it, and when Lord am I going to have what I asked and pray for. I’m sure many of us have asked those question many times. This verse helps me keep Gods word in perspective.
16. What is the most amazing thing that a fan has ever done for you? How did it impact you?One fan being a street team member help me promote my music and fan page on the web for free, and I thought that was very nice. It inspired me to start a group page on facebook called “Christian Musician Connection”. This Group Page is where You and the Christian Musician can Connect and Network with other Christian Musicians, Share ideas, you Music, Promote your Websites, Music Blogs, Videos, and any Helpful Music Industry Information and Resource that could benefit and edify those in need.
17. What advice would you give to an artist or band just starting out?I would say to always put God first. Set goals and follow your dreams and never give up. Practice, practice practice. Get as much information on what it is you want to do, then apply it. If you can perceive it and believe, then you can achieve it.
18. Who are your musical influences?I grew up listening to Earth Wind and Fire, The Commodores, Brass Construction, War, Cameo, Brick, George Clinton, Slave, Steve Miller, KC and The Sunshine Band… In recent years I’ve listen to Commissioned, Ron Kenoly, Clint Brown, Ben Tankard, Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, Tye Tribbet, Gospel Ganstaz, Cross Movement, Mary Mary, and many more…
19. What is the creative process for the band/artist in the studio? How does the music come together?It varies at times. Sometimes I start by laying down a basic drum track or base line and other times I would hear a melody on the piano and build from there. Just recently I started dimming the lights and just sitting quietly meditating a few minutes on the goodness of Lord and all he’s done for me. This helps me to relax and block out all distractions.
20. Where can people find you online?You can find me at:
For the past year and a half I have been building a web presence. If you Google my name as you see it here, david e maxwell, you will find me on many other websites as well.
21. Anything else you want our readers to know?One of my favorite sayings is:
God’s gift to us is life, and what we do with our life, is our gift back to Him...