Merldy, one of our incredible worship leaders, answered some of our questions!
1. How did you get involved in the band?
I was a shy person and the thought of auditioning was too scary. I believe the Holy Spirit kept encouraging me to take that leap! I went for an audition and so the journey began!!
2. What is a trial you had to go through where you wanted to quit but didn’t?
Not a lot of people know this but I had a stroke in 2012 after hearing horrific news about my roommate who passed away in a car accident. I had to overcome severe PTSD – I had blackouts in public spaces and I was stuttering – but whenever I sang to God and prayed in tongues, the stutter was gone! Our God is a restorer!
3. Share a band story nobody knows about?
For a Mother’s day item the singer didn’t show up and a few seconds before the song started I realized if someone doesn’t sing, there will be the longest awkward silence of all time! So I stepped forward, told the pianist to just follow me, and basically made up a song on the spot! No one noticed! Only the band knew! (Don’t try this at home folks!)
4. What instrument do you wish you could play?
Piano and Bass
5. Any practical tips for musos?
Knowing the song inside out, and outside in, is the only way to give your very best!
6. Share your funniest band moment?
We were singing a praise song and we did a kicking move – and my shoe went flying off the stage! (I had to go fetch it and put it back on and carry on singing)
7. Your favourite #CRCMusic lyric at this moment?
I know in every season, You are guiding my steps! #MyShepherd
8. What’s the last thing you do before praise and worship start on a Sunday?
Say a prayer!
9. What life lessons have you learned along the way?
God places the members in the body as it pleases Him and He knows what He is doing. Always stay – no matter what season you are in! I am so thankful for our church and Pastors At and Nyretta Boshoff for believing in me!
10. How has being part of the band impacted your own life?
Perfect practice makes perfect. Never become complacent. You are literally only as good as the last service you were a part of.