Iryne Rock - 10 Questions Music Interview
Iryne Rock has been nominated for Best Songwriter and Best Musical Performance at the upcoming 2020 International Christian Film and Music Festival in Orlando Florida. Her style of inspirational/Christian music captivates fans of multiple genres with a sound that invites listeners to deeply connect to her music and message. From an early age, Iryne was involved in choir singing where she developed her vocal and songwriting skills. Born in Nigeria, before relocating to the U.S. as a teenager, Iryne serves as a Youth Pastor and worship leader at her local church in Maryland. Her first album, JFY – Just for You, was released in 2018. "Fire In My Veins," the first single from that album has received international radio play and also won her the Best Songwriter award at the 2019 ICFF in Orlando, Florida. Currently, Iryne working on her second album with Grammy/Dove nominated Producer, Biilly Smiley. She hopes her songs serve as tools for all believers in their worship and prayer lives.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
As far as I can remember, I have had a love for writing music. The one experience that sticks out to me that I believe served as a catalyst for me to start writing music was a time when I was a very young girl, maybe around the age of 7 or 8. We were having family devotion, and my mom asked all of us kids to come up with a tune for Psalm 5 as a challenge, and everyone liked mine best. I was very excited and encouraged, and since then I have been working and developing my songwriting skills.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
As a Christian artist, we tend not to do a lot of crazy things. The most exciting thing that has happened to me in my music career so far has been meeting some of the people that inspired me to want to pursue music as a career. I got the opportunity to meet Kevin Max of DC Talk at a festival in Orlando in 2019, and I look forward to meeting Michael Tait, TobyMac, Cece Winans, Sinach and others by God's grace.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my music path so far has been hearing of how my music has affected people’s walk with Christ. One example I remember occurred after I ministered at a church event a few months ago. An older woman reached out to me and asked for the video of the performance to send to her daughter who had fallen out of faith. She got very emotional about it. These experiences encourage me even in difficult times to delve deeper in my walk with God.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Everyone's style and approach to songwriting is different. As a believer, I receive a lot of my inspiration from the Holy Spirit and the word of God. I record everything I think of and take the time to develop the ideas. I have also learned to dedicate special time to writing, something I am still working on. I usually start from melody or a phrase from the Bible that strikes me at that moment, and build around this.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge I see facing Indie Artists today is having the platform to showcase their gifts and talent. There are many talented people out there who are not getting enough exposure or don't know how to go about doing this. It does require some investment of time, money, energy. It also helps to have a mentor or two in the industry who can guide and advise you to avoid making some of the more common mistakes.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
That is a tough question. There are a lot of people I look up to and would feel privileged to share the stage with them. It would be an honor to share the stage with any one of my inspirations - Cece Winans, Andre Crouch, DC Talk, Newsboys, Sinach, or Nathaniel Bassey. If I had to pick one, I would say Sinach because I have followed her music career for a while, and she is someone I look up to and feel like I have a lot in common with her. To see her develop and get recognition for the amazing artist that she is has truly been a blessing.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals for me is an extension of my worship to God. Being a worship leader, I generally have the same approach to rehearsal as I do with the actual ministering. There is a lot of prayer, studying the word of God and fasting involved.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The song that posed the greatest challenge for me to write was Just for you. It is the titular song to my very first album and as you can imagine, I had great hopes and expectations for it. I'm not saying it's a bad song, but I didn't love the way it turned out. It's a song that builds up and involves a lot of parts, choir and so on. It was also a teachable moment for me not to release any song that I am not in love with. Because it was the titular song, I felt compelled to release it at the time. I know the Holy Spirit is going to help me the next time I get another shot at that song. Watch out.
What's coming up in the future?
I am looking forward to working on more new music with some of the amazing people I have been fortunate to come across who are using the gifts and talents to glorify God. I also will be releasing some of the songs we have completed over the next few months. I cannot wait to share some of these with you.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My music is available on all major digital outlets including Spotify, Apple, Deezer, Tidal, Boomplay, Amazon music, Google Play, Soundcloud, and so much more. You can also check out and subscribe to my YouTube channel to watch my videos.
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