About Matt & Sherry McPherson
order of my priorities is very clear; my God, my family and my work. My faith
comes first in my life."
favorite verse: John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting
life." "That really says it all, " says Matt.
of the Psalms have ministered to me, and the book of Proverbs is full of words
that I pray repeatedly is, 'Lord, please give me wisdom.' I made up my mind a
long time ago that I wasn't going to serve God conditionally, but unconditionally
because He loves me unconditionally. It's the least I can do for Him."
involved in music ministry and evangelism most of his life, beginning in his early
Lord inspired his two popular inventions, which not only allows Matt and Sherry
the financial stability to be in music ministry together for Him, but also helps
others in building confidence in using their gifts.
A revolutionary archery bow, called the Mathews Solocam, revolutionized the sport
of archery, and has been used in school programs to develop self-esteem, because
it is accurate and easy to learn to use.
"State of the Art" McPherson Guitar - with unique features which produce
a glorious sound, that encourages and inspires creativity for many Christian acoustic
artists, as they compose and perform. Sends acoustic music lovers like me over
the moon and back again.
building scriptures. Sherry explains to ChristianMusic.com, "They are a great reminder of how
powerful God is and it's in His power alone that I am able to overcome. I have had many difficult trials to over come throughout the years.
Some of my struggles have been physical infirmities and I have had need of God's
healing. Sometimes I was healed miraculously. Other times I had to walk through
and trust Him for His timing and His strength."
1 John 4:4 - You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because
He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
And Revelation 12:11: "And
they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony"
Ephesians 3:20: Now
to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according
o his power that is at work within us.
comments, "Encourages me to dare
/ ask above and beyond and expect what may even seem impossible."
has also been involved in music ministry since her youth, making good use of her
musical talents. Sherry plays the piano and guitar, composes songs, and can sing
lead vocals or provide harmony.
Sherry has been serving the Lord as worship leader in the various churches the
McPherson family had attended over a twenty year span. The last three years she
worked with teenagers participating in the teen church music program.
and Matt have now teamed up to compose and perform together, going on tours for
the sake of the Gospel, and run Autumn Records together as well.
and Sherry McPherson graciously answered some interview questions for Christianmusic.com,
sharing generously about their early years, their testimony, what they have learned
from their walk with the Lord during personal trials & successes and about
their music and creative process.
shares with ChristianMusic.com about his early spiritual influences and training.
the age of 3 my family moved us from Wisconsin to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I grew
up in a Christian home where we attended church pretty much when ever the doors
were open. I am the second oldest of 7 siblings. I accepted the Lord around age
4 and I've served Him ever since."
parents, especially his mother planted seeds which took hold in his character
and molded him.
up, my Mom was always good about reading the Bible to me and teaching me how to
pray. She instilled truth and honesty, and the importance of doing what's right. I never had to go through a rebellious time. I
was very obedient, I really wanted to please my parents and not give them a hard
time. There were two times that I lied to my parents. One was to my Mother at
age 4 and the other time was to my Dad. I was around 7 years old. Both times made
me sick to my stomach and I realized lying wasn't worth it. Telling the truth
is paramount to me."
gift of musical talent flowed through Matt's large family, and eventually became
a family affair, performing in churches and high schools as a evangelistic group. Matt shares with ChristianMusic.com about
his involvement with music during his growing up years.
Mother and Father sang and performed together and when the first 4 of us kids
grew old enough, we joined them. I started learning to play pedal steel guitar.
My family and I did country music and I picked it up really well. When we started
singing with my family I was usually singing harmony while playing pedal steel
reflects upon his early beginnings in his music ministry, and shared with
the age of 13, I began learning acoustic guitar and then writing songs. It soon
became my main instrument. When I began writing songs, I always wrote them about
the Lord in some fashion. I soon began performing my songs in church and was asked
to be a regular 'Special Music' performer.'"
a teenager, Matt got his first experiences in singing lead vocals in a trio, which
led to experiencing his first challenge to what he knew was his calling, by a
my teens my parents had stopped singing and performing but I continued doing some
with my two sisters. I sang lead and they harmonized. My Father once told me (I
think I was around age 15), 'You'll never be a singer.' That really hurt me. I
believed I could be what ever God wanted me to be. I knew the call God had on
my life and I was going to follow His leading and not let my Father's words hold
As a young
man, Matt auditioned for a Gospel band in Minneapolis, which is where he met the
love of his life, Sherry.
and I had met in a Christian Band in Minneapolis, which we had auditioned for.
We traveled with this band for approximately 1 year. Then we became engaged and
left the group. We began singing together as a duo."
was the beginning of their music ministry together. As a newly married couple
they attended a huge church in Minneapolis, and were asked to perform for the
pastor's evangelistic crusades.
shares about this experience: "Around the time we were first married, we
were asked to travel with an Evangelist and do the music for the crusades. We
did this for about one year. We went to the Philippines for 3-1/2 weeks to minister
with the Evangelist and his team. It was a great experience to see so many people
come to Christ, dedicating their lives at the altar."
How do you describe your music?
shares, "Although I grew up doing and listening to Country Music, I don't
always write Country. I like Pop music as well. I think my music is a blend of
Country and Pop.
Recent Musical Influences:
"As of recently I really enjoy listening to Celtic music as well, I find
it very relaxing. Michael McDonald has a voice that I love and admire. I also
admire Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. A great voice will always move me. I've
learned a lot vocally by studying some of these great singers and I've encouraged
Sherry to do the same."
His songwriting Process....
explains, "Writing songs for me is usually slow and some times painful. I
almost always get the tune first. Tunes come very easy for me. The hard part that
takes so much labor for me is the words. It can some times take months for me
to finish a song, which is very frustrating for me."
continues, "It's good that Sherry and I can compose together when I get into
a writers cramp. She is some times able to help me past it. Our song "HE
IS" was written from a guitar tune I came up with. Sherry heard it and said,
'I can write words to that. Let me try.' So she did and I helped on some of the
words, song structure, etc.
"I FELT HIM BREATHE" came quicker for me. It really moved me as I wrote
it. I could tell it was something very special that the Lord wanted me to write.
It almost didn't make it on our album. It was the last song written and we had
kind of decided all of the songs at that point. But Sherry said, 'This song HAS
to go on our album.' We were able to get it arranged and recorded in time."
shares with ChristianMusic.com about her early spiritual influences, the beginnings
of her relationship with Jesus and her musical training which prepared her for
their music ministry.
shares, "I grew up in the small town of Excelsior, Minnesota, outside of
Minneapolis. My family always attended church but were not taught about receiving
Christ as your Savior and making Him Lord of Your life. When I was eleven, my
older brother came to know Jesus as His Lord and he often shared with me about
the Lord. I was twelve when I committed my life to Christ."
gift for song writing came to her soon after she committed herself to Jesus, which
must of been a powerful witness, along with her brother's testimony, to the rest
of her family who also came to this same commitment to Jesus.
explains, "It was soon after this that I wrote my first song. The rest of
my family came to Christ over the next few years."
shares, "I began piano lessons at age 5 and took them into College. My brother
learned to play guitar and I became interested in guitar around age 14. He taught
me how to play. I sang in choirs since 3rd grade at both church and school. I
had my first solo performance in the 6th grade choir concert and I was also one
of the accompanists. I entered some solo contests related to school, and I was
involved in drama."
became very natural for me to perform and be in front of people but what I enjoyed
the most was performing songs I had received from the Lord that were birthed out
of personal experiences."
family also toured around as an evangelical musical group.
family was very musical. During my Junior and High School years we often sang
together at other churches."
taking care of her family, Sherry began her long service to the Lord being a leader
in worship through music.
shares with ChristianMusic.com, "About two years later I was asked to be
the Worship Leader for a church in Minneapolis. I led there for 3-1/2 years. I
learned more about Spiritual Warfare at this time, as I was experiencing it a
lot. This was another time of training in intercession and spiritual warfare for
me. My prayer life and Bible studying increased a lot at this time."
continues, "We moved several times while our children were young and I always
ended up leading worship in the local church, which I continued to do for over
20 years. The last 3 years, at the church we attend now, I volunteered as music
director and trainer of 21-23 teens for our Youth Worship Bands. I really loved
working with these kids; it was such a blessing for me to pour into their lives
the things I felt they should learn."
"I've recently stepped down to pursue our concert tour. It was very hard
to leave my work there. I will always have a special place in my heart for 'my
kids.' But I am excited for what lies ahead with our music and ministry."
Her musical influences and
About Her Musical Style...
my earlier years of walking with the Lord, I enjoyed listening to Keith Green's
music. He always had a message to his songs and I loved playing his style of piano.
Amy Grant was another artist I listened to. I also listened to secular music which
was mostly pop, although I liked a real variety of styles. The only style I didn't
listen to was Country, which is funny because that's about all Matt was allowed
to listen to growing up. Being trained classical with piano and voice lessons,
I was told to never 'slur' your notes and have lots of vibrato."
I sang the songs the Lord gave me, that kind of singing didn't fit with the style
I was writing. I quickly developed my own style of singing. Today I really like
the "new" country music. It's a nice blend of country and pop. My song
"COLORS OF LIFE" seems like a left turn to my writing for this album
but it is one of the styles I enjoy."
Sherry shares with
ChristianMusic.com about how she creates her music.
of my songs were written out of personal experiences. More times than not my songs
would come quickly, usually the tune and words would flow at the same time. (Although
not every time) Sometimes I would write at the piano, other times with guitar."
"While I was a Worship Leader
there were times when I was leading that the Lord would give me a song on the
spot and I would sing it as He gave it to me. This took a LOT of trust in hearing
Him and believing that it was His timing for it to come. One time I received a
song and went into it and at the end, I couldn’t remember what I just did but
it was beautiful and very special."
"Matt had tried to write it down as it was flowing out of me, but he soon
had to stop because he couldn't keep up. Later Matt was talking with the sound
man and found out that he had recorded it. I took the recording home and learned
it and made it a regular song for our congregation. It was one of the best loved
songs, and was recorded on our Praise and Worship Album. The song is called, LET
HIM BE. It doesn't happen to me very often, but when it does it's really a blessing."
Important Faith-building Experiences....
8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love
him, who have been called according to his purpose.
and Matt had a hard time having children... In
the process of growing their family to 3 sons, whom Sherry and Matt were blessed
with to parent, Sherry and Matt endured 5 miscarriages,
depending on the Lord to get them through it, strengthening their faith. Through
these trials, the Lord used these situations to build His relationship with them
when they turned to Him for strength, comfort and hope.
shares her testimony with ChristianMusic.com, about how the Lord blessed them through their pain, their prayers
and their joy, and how they were able to pass on what they learned to others.
the years of having children I lost 5 babies to miscarriage. Sure it was terribly
painful, our hearts were breaking, but the Lord was who we leaned on. He was our
strength and our comfort. He was the one we held on to in the pain and loss. Jesus
said in His word, 'In this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world.' Even in this painful time, He showed us how to 'overcome'
and He has helped heal our hearts."
man that worked for us at the time of our losing a son to miscarriage had asked
Matt, 'How are you getting through this? Aren't you and your wife angry at God?'"
"Matt's response to him was (and I agreed 100%) 'No, I'm not
angry with God. If I were angry, then I would be assuming that God owed us something.
God doesn't owe us anything. We live in an imperfect world and that is how Matt
and I looked at it.'"
also shared with ChristianMusic.com the results of prayer and stepping out in
faith. Sherry shares
about her first pregnancy, and the medical problems of this son.
I was 5 months pregnant with our first son, he was almost lost to miscarriage.
There was tremendous prayer put forth by family and friends for his life. I ended
up delivering him at full term. When he was 3-1/2 he began to have severe seizures.
We prayed hard for 7 months for God to spare his life once again and he was healed."
also has experienced the power of prayer and trusting in the Lord. Besides
being a talented musician, Matt has been able to grow two businesses which support
Matt and Sherry's music ministry, through the blessings, gifts and guidance given
to him through the Lord.
shares in 2005 Decision article by Jim Dailey, "I can truly say that
I have seen the hand of God in everything that has happened in our businesses. Somehow, God has given me the gift to see the finished
product in my mind and avoid a lot of steps in between."
1992, he finished his new invention, a revolutionary archery bow and through his
company, Mathews Archery, produced the Mathews Solocam, the only bow with a single-cam
Also in the 1990's,
the concept of a revolutionary acoustic guitar began with a prayer, asking God
to help him create a better acoustic guitar. The
result was Matt's invention of "the mother of all" acoustic guitars,
the McPherson Guitar, which has been embraced by many well-known acoustic guitar
players because of its glorious sound.
the soundhole to the edge of the instrument - increases the flexible surface
area on the central part of the instrument.
state-of-the-art bracing - Maximizes top vibration and resonation.
cantilevered neck /fingerboard - Creates a "no-touch" design which allows
"the top to vibrate and resound to its fullest potential."
and Sherry together formed their own record label, Autumn Records
have studios and offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Sparta, Wisconsin. They have
made 3 of their own albums, and produced / sponsored 5 other albums of other talented
Christian music artists.
and Sherry continue to be involved in Christian ministry
in this country and in projects abroad, giving of their talents, gifts, and time
all for the glory of the Lord and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
ChristianMusic.com interview with Matt & Sherry McPherson
Quotes taken from: Addicted
to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down, Kirk Byron Jones,
Judson Press, June 2003
McCain & Co. promotional materials: "The One Who Has the Answers" by Jim Dailey, 2005
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