Introducing We The Kingdom, a multigenerational family of musicians, including producers and songwriters Ed Cash, Scott Cash, Franni Cash Cain, Martin Cash and Andrew Bergthold. An amalgamation of four different decades, We The Kingdom’s music embraces worship, rock, country, folk and pop, providing a textured sonic background for vulnerable, gritty lyrics.
“The mission of the band is to take people who don’t know Jesus to the cross and to take people who do know Jesus to the throne room… to go there ourselves [We The Kingdom], is changing each one of us.” — Franni
How does being a multi-generational band bring a unique perspective to your music?
I think the fact that we all come from a different decade of music, our influences are all different. That really has, I think, helped us pull together a unique sound because we’re just writing from influences, that all sounds different. For example, my dad who’s in the band, he listens to a lot of the ’70s, i.e. James Taylor, all that kind of stuff, and Ed likes the ’90s rock, and Andrew loves Coldplay, etc. I think we all pulled from a different influence and that really, really helps. And also, the wisdom from the people who are older in the band is awesome because they’ve lived a lot more life than us younger people. We definitely pull from that, as well as having younger members helps us have a fresher look and the ability to take risks and try new things. We work really well together, I think.
Your band originally formed at a Young Life camp in Georgia. What was the moment like when you realized the songs you were writing for the campers were as much for yourselves as they were for the campers?
Honestly, that’s been a journey. I think if you’d ask different people in the band, you get different answers. For me, I didn’t really put the pieces together until the album came out. We were sitting on Ed’s porch just talking and hanging out, talking just about our past experiences. We’ve been through some pretty tough times together as a band. And so I started thinking about each song and literally every song from — the first song on the record “Cages” to “Waking Up” it just felt like the journey of the last few years. We told our story through the record — that was the moment for me. I geared up, and was like, “Wow, this is literally my soul. It just feels like such a part of me and such a part of my story.” And so it was a really beautiful moment for me. To realize that other people that might be going through some of the same circumstances that we’ve been through could maybe be touched by it and be encouraged by it, that’s the goal and that’s the hope, the dream of it all.
What was the highlight of your bucket list moment when you opened for Chris Tomlin at Red Rocks?
I think when we first got there, for me, because it’s so much bigger than music, it’s kind of like, “Why are we even playing a concert right now? Why can’t we stand and look in awe at what we’re surrounded by.” It’s insane. I feel like there was one moment where I kind of almost couldn’t play. I was just so enamored by it, the creation and — at one moment when people started filling in and we did start to play, in my mind, it totally looked like what I’ve envisioned heaven to be because it’s almost vertical when you look up at the stands. It’s a little sharper of an angle to where it looks like a choir almost. So, from the stage looked like a host of heavenly angels — it was intense.
And that was like — I think that was before we actually put out any music. And so I remember just feeling so undeserving of being there. And I loved something that my dad had said. He told us like, “This is a lot like heaven.” This really mad guy, Chris Allman. He is awesome, and he’s so good at [championing?] people. He really believe in us before we put anything out, and that’s a lot like God. He just believes in us before we do anything. And [inaudible] really nice guy, let you be somewhere that you totally don’t deserve to be in. And that was kind of a [inaudible]. It’s what God is really like and just letting us see in such a beautiful place before we actually had done anything. It was like a super great initiative for us to really work on our live show too. I remember we rehearsed for weeks because we were so excited about it and wanted it to be excellent. So I feel like that rehearsal time before Red Rocks really grew us as performers and musicians because we just spent so much time learning in on the different moments that we wanted to create in our set. So I pulled back from preparing for that for a lot of the things that we do now.
“Holy Water” is about the power of forgiveness. With so many struggling through the darkness the pandemic has brought into our lives, how can God’s forgiveness lead us to the changes we need to move forward?
This is Andrew. Forgiveness is such a deep, deep saying. I wrestle with this — I think I can forgive others easier than I can forgive myself. And because of that, I have a hard time even receiving forgiveness from others or from God. So that song, as we’ve sung it, has really helped me just slowly digest what it means to be forgiven and the joy that comes along with it, because a lot of times, I’ve thought in the past growing up that just the act of forgiveness is a really heavy thing. Sin is such a weight, and I think in church, you grew up knowing the weight and really feeling the weight of sin because it’s talked about a lot. As sin should be heavy, but I think the moment that you get forgiven, there is just such joy. Even at 31 years old, I’m trying to learn the joy that I can have being forgiven. And I think it’s that joy to the bridge talked about. “I don’t want to abuse your grace, I need it every day. It’s the only thing that makes me want to change.” So, it’s that joy and understanding of forgiveness, that when you feel the weight lifted, you’re like, “I never want to feel this weight again.” So that you can fully experience that joy, I think you can fully experience forgiveness, and then walk in freedom. Christ sacrifices all of that, giving us the chance to walk in freedom again and not get back in the cycle of sin and shame.
Releasing your album, charting all genre, and Grammy nominations, how did these successes inspire your creativity?
I mean, it’s hard, I think, for all of us to kind of digest success and the thought of success. I think we all have experienced maybe some of the burn of that side of things. If you fight for success, if you really do things from the need for success — I don’t know — it just burns you. And so we’ve kind of tried to focus on just the people that it’s been impacting. And so to get a song number one on radio, to get a Grammy nomination, I just love thinking of that need, that people heard the song. And that people connected with it, which is a beautiful thing for me to know that. We’re so grateful to be able to steward the songs, it feels like so many of our songs were just gifts from God. We were a part of the process that we don’t really know where they came from. So yes, just to be a steward of what we have, and we are so grateful. I know that I can say that regardless of awards or nominations, we would still be doing this.
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