In their own words, “Brothers McClurg is a traveling version of your church’s worship team, with many players and faces each adding to what God is doing in times of worship.” Recently, Anthony and Chris Hoisington of Brothers McClurg talked to Worship Links about the name of the band, choosing music you believe in, and their family’s musical legacy.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for us. It’s truly appreciated! The first question is an easy one. Tell us a little bit about yourself in five sentences.
CH: My brother and I grew up in a family of southern gospel singers called the McClurg Family Singers. So singing and ministry have been in our blood from the beginning. As a band we all met at a young age playing music at church events and what not.
How did you get started in worship ministry?
CH: Seeing our parents singing on the road spurred us on at a young age to pick up instruments and join in worship at our local church.
What’s your basic process for planning a service or worship set?
CH: Hearing songs that you really resonate with is important; if I don’t really believe in a song and I lead it at church, I feel like people can feel if you believe in what you’re saying or not. It’s also certainly important to serve the needs of your church and find songs that will help them connect with God.
So it’s two fold:
– finding songs you really believe in
– songs that will help connect your congregation with God
Desert Island Worship Mix: You’re trapped on a desert island, and for reasons too ridiculous to explain, you can only have one CD with five worship songs on it. What are they?
CH: That’s a tough one… any Johnny Cash or Hank Williams gospel songs. Honestly, I love them all.
I understand the name of the band comes from your grandfather, right? What made you decide to go with his name for your band?
CH: Our grandfather is the reason we are even doing music. He raised my mom as a singer/worship leader and she made her first vinyl album when she was 12 years old. We are following in his footsteps in a lot of ways we made the last few albums thinking about what it would sound like if he was still making music today.
What scriptures speak to you the most about worship?
AH: Psalm 119:171-176 NLT version had been speaking to me lately. Just a great reminder of a prayer a worship leader should be praying all the time.
If you could give one piece of advice to up and coming worship leaders, what would it be? Conversely, what’s some advice you wish you’d received earlier on?
AH: Something I wish I would’ve listened too early on is that it’s dangerous to seek the approval of people. At times in my life I’ve cared too much about what people think of me. And it usually makes me feel bad about myself. When in reality I’m loved by God completely. And don’t need the praise of man. So I’ve been trying very hard these days to free myself from doing things to gain approval. But rather serving and leading from a place that knows I’m loved already. Before I bring any sort of offering to the table.
What do you see as the biggest obstacles facing worship ministry right now? And how do we overcome them?
AH: I think a huge obstacle facing worship leadership right now is worship leaders not raising up other leaders around them. If we aren’t replacing ourselves we become super insecure the older we get. Secure leaders know that training other leader to do what they do is the best job security there is. And it’s biblical!
Any new worship artists on your radar at the moment?
AH: I’m really bad at knowing who’s the up and coming worship leaders. I’m still not over Hank Williams, Kathryn Scott, The Winans, Clint Brown and Jason Upton. I guess I’m still pretty old school.
Thanks again for answering our questions. If people want to find you online, what’s the best way?