Sharon Acker of Inhabited
Jagged guitar riffs cut across
dark lyrics to introduce what twenty-eight year old Sharon Acker refers
to as, "a rocking prayer." "Rescue Me" is a prayer to God to rescue, deliver
and bring salvation. Acker fronts the rock group Inhabited, one of the
brightest stars from the Fervent Records label. Her gritty vocals do well
in expressing the Psalmist's frustration in Psalm 40 which serves as the
inspiration for "Rescue Me."
Acker said "Rescue Me,"
"Is about our Christian walk and what grace really means." She then paraphrased
David's cry recorded in Psalm 40, "I can't even look at you or lift up
my head. Please rescue me. Deliver me."
In some ways "Rescue Me,"
recorded for The Revolution CD, stands juxtaposed to Inhabited's newest
project. Recently the band was in the studio recording with producer Monroe
Jones (Ginny Owens). Acker said, "The theme (of the CD) is we are going
to encounter hard times in life but we can overcome them. It talks about
how we have so much to live for. I know sometimes I get caught up in maximizing
the issue instead of maximizing God or the other side of the problem. This
CD really takes people to the other side."
The new recording will cut
to the heart of Inhabited's ministry to those who are hurting. The theme
is reflected in one of their earlier tunes, "One More Night." The song
is drawn from the lives of many girls whom Acker has tried to reach out
to. She talked about one particular email that inspired "One More Night."
"I get a lot of emails from young people who are going through difficult
times and this email in particular stood out. She was living in a store
and sleeping on a couch. The way she described (the situation) it was very
dirty. I put dirty floor (in the lyrics) because everybody has gone through
those points in your life where no matter if it is abuse or different things
we hit rock bottom," she said. The lighter melodic rock beat provides a
good balance to darker lyrics keeping the song from becoming too melancholy.
Acker says the intent of
"One More Night" is to draw attention to the growing epidemic of distressed
American families. In particular she noted families where one or both parents
may be drug users, one parent families and families where love is not openly
expressed. She wants to draw attention to the importance of children knowing
that they are loved by their parents. Once again she paraphrases scripture
and uses it as a beacon of hope. God says he will be "A father to the fatherless."
When she isn't touring,
Acker "hangs out" with teenaged girls and meets with them for Bible studies.
She has written many of the girls she has encountered through email and
Inhabited's concerts. Despite an emerging artist's slim funds she has on
occasion dipped into her own resources to send girls books on how to deal
with issues such as cutting and abuse.
"From the time I was pretty
young I asked God to give me His heart. I feel that He has helped me to
see people through His eyes and to have compassion. One of the keys
to Jesus' ministry was he had compassion for the masses," she said.
In 2004 world renowned illusionist
Brock Gill recognized both the talent and heart for ministry that the band
possessed and invited them to tour with him. When The Phantom Tollbooth
contacted Gill he had this to say, “Inhabited has been a band that I can
count on to bring great music and a heart ready for ministry. They understand
ministry to people and the joy of serving. I wanted a group of rock stars
without them being (acting like) rock stars. They are amazing on stage
at what they do. They grab the audience and keep them, but they don’t act
untouchable off stage."
Acker said, "He (Gill) is
so out of the box. He has such a heart to reach the lost that we connected
instantly. He asked us to join him for the Freedom Experience tour. People
watch the show and then he presents the gospel. It isn't watered down.
It is just straight up." Acker said by the end of each performance
many would accept the invitation to accept Christ as their savior.
The young woman with the
sandpaper vocals was disarming as she punctuated the conversation with
girl-like giggles. It was startling to hear her confess, "When we first
started I was really nervous and I had no strength to my voice. I couldn't
sing for very long before my voice would get tired. Some girls get up on
stage when they are six and when they sing they are just amazing, that
wasn't me. I had to train for it." She credits her vocal coach Kim Sandusky
with helping her gain confidence and strengthening her voice.
Acker said in the early
days as the band was gathering steam she realized what a great platform
Inhabited had for sharing the gospel. "You have an audience staring at
you for thirty minutes to an hour. It is then that I realized how powerful
a tool music is and what we (Inhabited) are called to do," she said.
Inhabited is comprised of
Sara's brother Marcus Acker (guitar), longtime member Justin Tinnel (guitar),
bassist James Colvin, and the newest member of the group, drummer Charlie
Harper. During Inhabited's formative days as a worship band Harper, still
in his early teens, laid down the beats.
Acker said that the band
really enjoyed working on the new CD with Monroe Jones who also produced
Revolution. "He has such a passion for God and music. He allows the artists
to be true to themselves rather than try and mold them into something else."
Jones, who has a reputation for challenging artists to raise the bar and
helps highlight their most vibrant colors, certainly has his fingerprints
all over Inhabited and we eagerly anticipate the yet to be named new CD.
By Joe Montague, exclusive
Joe Montague is an internationally
published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory
of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18.
All copyright and distribution rights remain the property of Joe Montague.