can see from the picture above, Bob Hughes has a nice collection of guitars; both
acoustic and electric!
About Bob Hughes
and His Music Interview
Hughes graciously agreed to answer some interview questions, to share with Christianmusic.com.
shares with ChristianMusic.com about his early life, his youth and his family....
"I was born 8/23/64 in Baltimore MD, and I
don't really have any outstanding memories of living there. I moved to the area
I am living in now (Binghamton, NY) when I was about 4 and have been in this general
area my whole life."
did spend 4 years in the Air Force which took me to England, where I met my wife
Nikki. She was also in the Air Force and from Wisconsin. We just celebrated our
16th anniversary on 8/4. Wow.. Time really flies.. My wife Nikki has been there
through the whole process and has always been supportive, patient, and understanding
of my desires and dreams. "
have an 8 year old son, Robert. He is such a wonderful and sensitive child. He
is such a joy in our life and we give thanks to God everyday."
About Bob Hughes' Music and His Spiritual Development.
Hughes is one of those rare individuals who was blessed with the natural musical
ability to learn musical instruments easily and be able to compose and play original
Bob explains to
am self taught in all instruments that I play, and that includes bass guitar,
guitar, keyboards, some drums, and vocals. I picked up the guitar in 1987 when
I was in the Air Force. Along with that. I invested in some recording equipment
and the rest is as they say, 'history.' However,
It was God who wrote songs through me."
Shares with ChristianMusic.com about the development of his musical gifts and
God's plan for these gifts...
have been in and around music for many many years. I started out playing saxophone
when I was 12 and after a few years I gave that up to play sports and be a 'normal'
14 year old! LOL. Right about when I was 16, I started to play bass guitar with
some friends and we had the typical garage band noise going on. It was fun, and
although I didn't know it at the time, God was already preparing me for his plans
to use me through music."
had to know, so we asked Bob, "How were you led by the Lord to use
your musical gifts to be in a musical ministry for Jesus?
reflects, and gives this testimony, "I don't really have
a life experience that was dramatic enough to move me in this direction of writing.
I have been hearing a call from God for several years to compose for him, but
I had a hard time convincing myself I could offer anything that was good enough
CD, WORLD, I penned songs that examined our world, its problems, and its materialism.
That was in 1998, and even back then I had stirrings in my soul that were prodding
me to write Christian music. I wanted to, but at that point I thought it had to
come from me alone."
continues in his story, "Fast forward
to 2004 and I have just finished up recording, SAVIOR SOUL, a Christian rock based
collection of songs. Things are starting to become clearer for me. I started this
project with a prayer that God would work through me on these songs. Still there
were obstacles and it was not an easy project for me. At that point I hadn't totally
let go of the "its for me" attitude. I was in the ballpark so to speak, but not
quite in the game yet. I was happy with outcome although technically speaking,
the production was not quite there yet."
"The PRAISE IN HYMN and SEASONS
OF LIFE CDs marked a very significant
change in me. I have always been a believer in Jesus as far back as I can remember.
I never had that one outstanding moment where I realized I was lost and needed
his salvation. I did however experience a renewal of Jesus in my heart when I
started to write PRAISE
IN HYMN. The Holy Spirit convicted me and made
me realize that my gift for music was not a gift for just me to enjoy and pursue.
It is a gift from God and the means I was given to praise him and help build his
kingdom. It is not about me."
reflects on this change in his perception, "Once I realized
this truth, I experienced a peace and fulfillment in writing music that I never
even knew existed. Until that point, the creation of music was more a mechanical
process. I look back and listen to previous songs I have written and I can see
that God was already laying the foundation for his work."
continues, "After many many hours of praying, I started
to realize that no matter what I was able to do, it was all according to his will.
Once I realized that it was just a matter of letting the Spirit flow and take
control of my lyrics and music. I know that sounds like it was easy, and quite
honestly, I am surprised how easy it was once I gave the control over to God."
then experienced deeper insights as he worked on his next CD, Seasons
Of Life, which he also shared with ChristianMusic.com.
Bob explains, "SEASONS
OF LIFE is actually a continuation
of PRAISE IN HYMN.
I thought I had a pretty good handle on what to expect as I embarked on God's
will through my music, but nothing could prepare me for the experience of this
group of songs."
Bob continues, "Once again as I started this journey of songs, I asked God to work his will
and message into the songs. There were times when I would cry, I would laugh, and
every emotion in between. Never before have I realized just how close God works
in people who accept him and invite him in. It
was an amazing moment in my life, and I will never be the same person I was before.
His Thoughts and Testimony
for other composers and musicians hearing a call from the Lord:
"If there is anything that
I can say to songwriters who are hearing a calling from God, it is to embrace
the calling and let him work through you. God is giving you a special gift of
music and wants you to use it."
life will never be 'its about me' again. My music will never be 'its about me'
again. Sure, I am human, I will falter and stumble on the road with Christ, but
I know he will catch me and guide me."
has answered my prayers. I asked him to reveal his will for my life and through
his Holy Spirit he has told me, 'Bob, I have created you specifically to be one
of my musicians. I have given you the gift of music for the joy & praise its creation
brings me. Use this gift in full knowledge that you will be touching lives and
bringing Jesus to those who need him.'"
Bob expresses his confidence in
letting the Lord lead him in this music ministry, and shares with ChristianMusic.com,
know that God has a plan for me and I want to see it develop. Sometimes I am a
little too impatient with it. I find myself saying, "OK God.. You've got my attention,
you've written these songs through me.. 'Now what?' I sit back, relax and
realize; All things in Gods time."
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