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Who would have guessed back in 1999 when brother/sister duo Marcus and Sara Acker were asked to assemble their talents for a church worship band that the collaboration would lead to the birth of Inhabited. In 2003, Inhabited hit the scene with its independent project, Innerview. The album, based firmly upon a passion to reach kids for Christ through music, afforded Inhabited gigs in coffee houses and church services nationwide. Some might say Inhabited officially launched its career, however, with a memorable radio interview in small-town Conroe, Texas. The local deejay handed Inhabited's album to Nashville, Tenn. promoter Kyle Fenton, who helped propel its single "Rescue Me" into the Top 10 on Christian Rock radio.
When record labels began asking about this rock band with the passionate lead vocalist, it became evident that Inhabited's journey was only beginning. Its vision is crystal clear on The Revolution, Inhabited's debut label release from Fervent Records. Inspired by a mission to connect with this generation, Inhabited combines its passion for music with a ministry focus that reaches beyond the surface to the heart of its audience.
Although Sara's focus had always been missions, it soon became obvious that God was calling her specifically to music ministry. "Never in my life have I been more certain about where I'm supposed to be and what my calling is," says Sara.
"Sara and I decided that we wanted to pursue music," says Marcus. "And we knew we didn't need a record deal to start playing shows or to record a CD."
Eventually choosing to partner with Fervent Records in its ministry efforts, Inhabited soon began work, compiling songs for the band's first national project. Topping Marcus' list of desirable producers was Monroe Jones, who is responsible for shaping the careers of such notable artists as Third Day, Chris Rice, Mark Schultz, and Ginny Owens.
"Monroe looked at our songs and found an element in each one that defined 'our' sound.'" says Marcus. "He really worked to help us identify ourselves musically."
Among the album's signature songs is "One More Night." Sara spends hours at the computer responding to young people who spill their hearts about personal abuse, eating disorders as well as struggles with depression and suicide. Sara received an e-mail from a girl who slept on a musty couch in the storefront she called home. This girl talked about feeling so worthless and rejected that she just wanted to cut herself, hoping it would somehow distract her from the pain.
"I was thinking, 'Man! I want to be there with her.' She was so far away, and I felt helpless in a sense," says Sara about the event that inspired "One More Night." "But I also knew that God could be there when I couldn't. It was just this point where Christianity meets real life. I trust You to be who You are, to meet this girl where I can't."
"In those moments, when kids are sitting there with messed up parents who are yelling at them, when they wonder-Am I a mistake? Is my life worth anything? Is what they are saying true?" Sara continues. "It's for those moments when they are so mixed up that this song says, 'Hey, you're not a mistake. God's been there before you; Jesus went through so much rejection on this earth. He's there, and He has a plan for you."
"I think the song itself is an experience, even if you don't know the story behind it," adds Marcus. "You can feel its emotion and power."
"Open My Eyes," Inhabited's debut radio single on Fervent, emphasizes the importance of prayer in confusion-filled situations. Sara recalls one such moment when she was torn making crucial decisions about her life and career.
"I simply prayed, 'Lead me. I have no idea God. I'm so mixed up.' It's during those instances and others when all you can do is pray to God for direction. The second verse begins 'I run to catch my breath/yeah I fight to lose my step.' You would never run to catch your breath, but in essence, that's what our prayers are to God at times. 'Open My Eyes' is a cry out to God for direction even if it means going through the middle of the storm."
"The stage is a powerful and influential platform," says Sara. "Inhabited is called to use this platform to bring hope to the hopeless and to challenge young people to take a stand for truth! It is our heart to encourage them to realize God wants to use THEM to change their world! Life is also a platform, and they have an opportunity to reach kids that we will never come in contact with. These are the lives we want to invest in."