The Elim Arrival
My name is Sunny Singh and I am a Worship Leader/Singer-Songwriter based in Coralville, Iowa. I was born in India and moved to the US as a 13 years old thinking I would be the next NBA all-star basketball player. God completely turned my world upside down (to say the least) and within a year found myself writing my first song after one of my youth group’s gathering.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST START PLAYING MUSIC AND KNOW THIS WAS IT?
I got involved in my high school youth groups worship team. After some powerful times of worship, I knew that there was something that was beyond me that was going on. It eventually led to hours and hours of me playing my guitar and worshipping in my bedroom. It’s the way I began to process life and deal with the various difficulties that would come my way.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A MUSICIAN?
It’s hard for me to answer this question because I’m not a stereotypical ‘musician.’ Despite the fact that I travel, it all falls under the umbrella of my home church. So the greatest challenge that I face has more to do with making sure that what I do doesn’t turn into entertainment – something that doesn’t have a lasting impact. The goal is to utilise the tools that music provides to usher an opportunity for someone to meet and experience Jesus.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND YOUR OWN CREATIVE PURSUITS?
This is indeed very difficult. This last season, I have felt that I have had 2 full time jobs. On multiple occasions I would be returning from a weekend with 2-3 events late Sunday night only finding myself having to report to work early Monday morning. I just keep reminding myself that the will of God never takes people where His grace can’t sustain the effort. After all I know that every season is a training period for the next – nothing is purposeless in the kingdom of God.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
I find my inspiration from the Word of God – it has the amazing ability to articulate what is going on within the soul. For example, many songs that I have written have been taken right out of the Psalms because certain phrases resonated with me so much. I also gain inspiration from seeing people tirelessly live out their faith; examples of obedience are very contagious. Lastly, the difficulties that are faced internally, within my own church community, city, state and nation are the ultimate inspiration. Songs allow for the opportunity to put words in people’s mouths – someone who has never prayed in their life can suddenly find themselves praying without even knowing it and this fact is truly very inspiring.
HOW DO YOU GET THE IDEAS FOR YOUR MUSIC?
Most ideas are born out of prayers that well up in my own heart in various seasons of my life.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE INSTRUMENT TO WORK WITH?
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
I am currently working on releasing a record on November 4th geared towards Revival. The difficulties that America is facing in every level society calls for the Church to wake up from its slumber and be revived. The record will be released at a conference that our church is hosting the first weekend of November.
WHAT DOES YOUR WORK FLOW LOOK LIKE?
Work flow is pretty subjective. Personally, I am very spontaneous. We try to rehearse and prepare enough to be in a place of flexibility and agility. Many times I go into songs that I we had not originally planned for during a worship set.
WHAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU WANT TO GET ACROSS TO PEOPLE?
I want God to use me as vessel through which people’s spiritual eyes are opened and a need for Jesus is awakened.
IS THERE ANY INSIGHT OR WORDS OF ADVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO HELP OTHER IN THEIR CREATIVE JOURNEY?
Creativity does not come from a vacuum. Your creativity only further exposes who you are inside and truly, this is extremely scary. I would recommend every person on their creative journey to take a deep hard look at what they are glorifying.
ARE THERE ANY CREATIVE PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE A FAN OF THAT DESERVE SOME EXPOSURE?
This is slightly random but I find myself listening to an artist by the name of Audrey Assad from time to time. Her songs are beautiful and her voice is very soothing to the ears. I think there is so much noise in my life that I find myself resorting to old hymns sung by her to help calm me down.