Christian Rock Band Hello Forever Q and A

Christian rock band "Hello Forever" recently performed in Fernandina Beach at The Journey Church. I had the opportunity to interview Dillan Howell, their lead singer.

Christian Rock Band Hello Forever Q and A

Christian Rock Band Hello Forever Q and A

When I first heard that the band “Hello Forever” was coming to Fernandina Beach to perform at The Journey Church on Amelia Island, I thought “Christian rock…hmm. This could be interesting.” I admit, I did not give them enough credit and I definitely did not think that they would come to be my favorite Christian band.

After the performance I went straight home and typed “Hello Forever” into google. I wanted to find out as much as possible about them. The first things that popped up were “Hello Forever on MySpace” and “Hello Forever on Facebook”. Immediately, I added them on Facebook and I added their lead singer, Dillan Howell, as well.

It took some courage, but I contacted Dillan and was given this great opportunity to interview him about the band!

Dillan Howell

Dillan Howell

Here is the interview:

Ally at the Desk: How did you get the name “Hello Forever”? And how did you guys meet each other?
Dillan of Hello Forever: I liked the name Hello and wanted that to be in the name, a buddy of ours said how about Hello Forever. I said perfect. We decided Hello Forever means Eternity and thats what we want to hear when we enter the kingdom of our father, “Hello Forever”. Adam and I were friends when I was on the road with a previous band and he jokingly said, “Lets tour when you get home”, I said, “okay” and then a joke became reality for us. Adam put the band together, I came in with the vision, and we went from there.

Ally: Who are your major musical influences?
Dillan: I would say we have several. Hillsong United, David Crowder, Muse, Cold Play, etc…

Ally: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
Dillan: Shine Your Light, it is an original that people are slowly becoming familiar with and it’s super easy on top of that.

Ally: Where is your favorite place to perform? (And don’t say The Journey, unless you really mean it! LOL)
Dillan: Believe it or not, The Journey is one of our favorites to play. For some reason the people love us there and we love being there.

Ally: Do you mostly play covers or write your own music?
Dillan: We are currently working on our first Album so definitely writing, but being a worship band we will always share with other artists.

Ally: How strict is your rehearsal schedule?
Dillan: Not strict enough! ; ) some would probably say different!

Ally: Have you always played Christian Rock? If no, then what did you play before?
Dillan: Since day one we have been a Christian band and until we die we will be a Christian band.

Ally: What has your biggest challenge, as a band, been?
Dillan: Being away from families, friends and jobs. We do not pay ourselves in Hello Forever, all the money goes right back into the ministry so that can be tough.

Ally: Where do you see the band a year from now? 5 years from now?
Dillan: There is no telling, God moves in big ways. : )

Ally: How can your fans gain access to your music?
Dillan: Right now they can’t. Only through Youtube and Facebook, MySpace. Downloads are not available yet, sorry!

Ally: How do you balance your music with other obligations? (Significant other, jobs, etc…)
Dillan: Very tough, but God always manages to take control in these situations.

Ally: Is there anyone you would like to thank?
Dillan: I would like to thank all of our fans who keep this ministry alive and beg their local venues and youth pastors to keep bringing us back. Most importantly our King, who has paid the ultimate price, so that I can walk with our Father and worship him.

Ally: Any last words?
Dillan: We sing a song by Steve Fee called Glory to God Forever. I hope the words in this song will be the last words of us all. “Glory to God Forever!”

If you like Christian rock, I definitely suggest that you look up Hello Forever! Until then, I looked up Steve Fee’s, Glory to God Forever, so I could check out the lyrics. Enjoy!

Glory To God Forever by Steve Fee

Verse 1
Before the world was made
before you spoke it to be
You were the King of Kings
yeah you were, yeah you were

And now you’re reigning still
enthroned above all things
Angels and Saints cry out
we join them as we sing

Chorus
Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever

Verse 2
Creator God you gave
me breath so I could praise
Your great and matchless name
all my days, all my days

So let my whole life be
a blazing offering
A life that shouts and sings
the greatness of the King

Bridge
Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours

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18 Comments

  1. Hal_Burns

    I remember in the 50's when churches were burning rock records because it was considered the work of the devil. Today rock bands are the hottest thing going for the christian right, if it is carries the title “christian rock”. Amazing how time changes the attitudes of people.

  2. publisher_sa

    Well that was over by the mid sixties. As a 14 year old in '65 I got my first paid gig in a rock church. Granted the songs played were rocky versions of I Will Overcome and Avé Maria, but the Christian Music has come a long way since then and is a major financial contributor to the Music Industry.

  3. ameliadude

    Way to go Ally, and good luck to Hello Forever. Next time they come to the Journey I will surely be there to check them out!

  4. Hal_Burns

    Major income for the record industry, yes. But more importantly it was a revival for the churches. They were loosing a whole generation and had to have ways and means to bring them back, rock music has done the job. Still amazing at what was voodoo once is now the spiritual thing to do. Oh well, I guess time does have a way of changing things.

  5. Ameliaprivateeye

    Good Job, Ally! I am looking forward to hearing more from this band. And thank you to the Journey Church for creating a youth program that attracts and stimulates our kids!!!

  6. tommylee

    Music has always been an integral part of the institution Church. Gregorian (latin) Music just was outdated and got a facelift because religion in its true form is a celebration of life and music and dance play a vital role in this celebration.

    Unfortunately many see religion as a doctrine and use the bible (and their interpretation) as their guidance to justify the seriousness and fear to avert Hell and Brimstone. We are all god's children and instilling fear in god and the wreath of his actions is a human invention not befitting the authentic re-incarnation.

  7. Hal_Burns

    I agree, music has always been a big part of our religion. The only point I am making is how quickly attitudes changed when it meant bringing more people into the church. What was once taboo is now strongly accepted. I think it is good, I am not condeming the move, I am only making a point as to how quickly things change.

  8. tommylee

    Hal, did you know that the Pope (Benedict XVI) has a blog site, a YouTube site and FaceBook account and I heard a Twitter account is in the works. This is how quickly adaptation works if you realize that your flock is facebooking, twittering and watching Youtube. I wish more business would understand the concept of change. He, the Pope, literally called all priests, Bishops and Cardinals to follow suit and start blogging!!!!

  9. Hal_Burns

    I think that is great and I, like you, wish more businesses understood the power that is available to them, the Pope get's it. I have heard of some churches though who have banned computers because there is too much porn available. These are the simple minds that will not make it in the long run. Times do change and if one is to survive, then one must change with the times.

  10. publisher_sa

    Well that was over by the mid sixties. As a 14 year old in '65 I got my first paid gig in a rock church. Granted the songs played were rocky versions of I Will Overcome and Avé Maria, but the Christian Music has come a long way since then and is a major financial contributor to the Music Industry.

  11. ameliadude

    Way to go Ally, and good luck to Hello Forever. Next time they come to the Journey I will surely be there to check them out!

  12. Hal_Burns

    Major income for the record industry, yes. But more importantly it was a revival for the churches. They were loosing a whole generation and had to have ways and means to bring them back, rock music has done the job. Still amazing at what was voodoo once is now the spiritual thing to do. Oh well, I guess time does have a way of changing things.

  13. Ameliaprivateeye

    Good Job, Ally! I am looking forward to hearing more from this band. And thank you to the Journey Church for creating a youth program that attracts and stimulates our kids!!!

  14. tommylee

    Music has always been an integral part of the institution Church. Gregorian (latin) Music just was outdated and got a facelift because religion in its true form is a celebration of life and music and dance play a vital role in this celebration.

    Unfortunately many see religion as a doctrine and use the bible (and their interpretation) as their guidance to justify the seriousness and fear to avert Hell and Brimstone. We are all god's children and instilling fear in god and the wreath of his actions is a human invention not befitting the authentic re-incarnation.

  15. Hal_Burns

    I agree, music has always been a big part of our religion. The only point I am making is how quickly attitudes changed when it meant bringing more people into the church. What was once taboo is now strongly accepted. I think it is good, I am not condeming the move, I am only making a point as to how quickly things change.

  16. tommylee

    Hal, did you know that the Pope (Benedict XVI) has a blog site, a YouTube site and FaceBook account and I heard a Twitter account is in the works. This is how quickly adaptation works if you realize that your flock is facebooking, twittering and watching Youtube. I wish more business would understand the concept of change. He, the Pope, literally called all priests, Bishops and Cardinals to follow suit and start blogging!!!!

  17. Hal_Burns

    I think that is great and I, like you, wish more businesses understood the power that is available to them, the Pope get's it. I have heard of some churches though who have banned computers because there is too much porn available. These are the simple minds that will not make it in the long run. Times do change and if one is to survive, then one must change with the times.

  18. nothingless

    I just saw Hello Forever at a Youth Quale– They are truly amazing. They love music and spreading God’s message to kids and you can tell they enjoy evry minute of it!

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