On The Show Today
Oct 05 2012
Mac talks about his debut Country album and plays us his new song "Mississippi"
Mac Powell grew up in Clanton, Alabama. His love affair with music began at an early age as both of his parents would sing and play guitar around the house. Mac soon began to sing in the little bitty Baptist church by day, and listen to his dad's record collection by night. The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jim Croce, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson filled Mac's ears and imagination. When Mac was a sophomore in high school, he moved to Atlanta, Ga where his passion for music and faith found an outlet a lead singer in the band Third Day. The band has traveled the world and earned 4 Grammy awards while selling millions of albums and building a devoted fan base. Third Day has helped transform Christian music, and Third Day was honored by being entered into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Though Third Day continues to go strong with a new release slated for later this fall, Mac has put together a collection of country songs that reach back into the musical influences of his childhood. The rootsy collection of foot-stompin', hand clappin' country tunes is a way for Mac to pay tribute to his early musical inspirations while showcasing some music with a bit more levity than Christian music affords.
Joel Gilbert is the president of Highway 61 Entertainment in Los Angeles, and is the writer and director of Atomic Jihad: Ahmadinejad's Coming War for Islamic Revival and Obama's Politics of Defeat (2010) and Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran and the Revolt of Islam (2008), a history of Islamic-Jewish conflict from the 7th Century. Atomic Jihad was featured at the CPAC Conference in Washington D.C. and was a winning film at the Hudson Institute Film Festival in 2010. Gilbert is a contributing editor for the national security and foreign policy website familysecuritymatters.org, and has appeared frequently as a foreign policy analyst on national radio shows