Former Rend Collective band member Will Heron is now leading worship at Holy Trinity Church in Washington DC. LTTM caught up with him to find out about the new HTC Music project, which has seen the church just release their new EP, and also his time in Rend.
Tell us a little bit about the new HTC Music EP ‘My Light’ and what the inspiration behind it was?
HTC Music started a couple of years ago when our Pastor Jamie asked us to write some kids songs for kids worship on a Sunday morning. Since then we have been writing songs for the church - songs influenced by sermons, discussions had at an alpha course table or the experiences in life we go through together as a church. This EP is our first release of some of the material we have been writing. Each of the songs relates to God as our light in some form - God as our guide, our righteousness, our hope and our source.
Which is your favourite track on the album and why?
I would say Nothing Can Separate Us. Ive often battled with holding the truth of God's love and sovereignty with the reality of suffering that we encounter in life. Whilst we sometimes don't have any clear answers why certain things happen, God has promised us that nothing inside of us or outside of us can break us from His love. Even in the midst of the darkest of seasons we can be assured that Gods love is still as strong as ever, He hasn't lost control and that He hasn't abandoned us. I feel this song is a reminder of those crucial truths.
You left Rend Collective to take up a position at Holy Trinity Church where you now lead the worship and also the Worship Central work in the North East Region of the USA. How did that all come about? And was it a difficult decision to leave Rend to start a fresh somewhere new?
It was Matt Redman who actually put Jamie (HTC pastor) in touch with the band. Jamie and his wife Andy were moving from HTB in London to a church plant in DC and they were looking for a worship leader. Long story short, about a year later me, my wife and our son moved to DC to join the church. The Rend guys had become like brothers and sisters to us and so it was definitely a difficult decision to step back from the band and yet we felt God's leading in the decision. Two years in, we are amazed at what God has done both here at HTC and through Rend!
What was your most proudest moment while you were in Rend?
Great question. This is not a moment as such but I felt most proud of our relationships within the band. Often people would comment about the joy that we showed on stage when playing together. That was and still is a genuine joy of relationships rooted in trust in Christ and one another. I count it such a privilege to have been part of the journey for those years and Im so excited to see what God has continued to do through the band.
If you could work with any songwriter, who would it be and why?
I would say Martin Smith. He has written many powerful songs that have inspired generations of people - myself included!
Definitely! We are currently working on songs for a second EP and will be recording summer/fall. We will also be releasing kids songs in the near future too. Watch this space!
What advice would you give to any aspiring young bands/artists out there?
The fruit of your artistry is only as good as what it is rooted in. I would encourage people to protect their relationship with the Lord at all costs. It is only as we grow closer to Him that we reflect the heart of God in our artistry and see His kingdom come.
What is your favorite album of all time? Why?
This is a tough one! I'm going to say Glo by Delirious? It was so fresh musically at the time and songs like Investigate and My Glorious seriously inspired me in my faith!
You're stuck on an island, it's hot, you only have enough battery life left to listen to one song on your mp3 player. What track is it?
This would change from day to day! Right now it would be Dry Bones by Nikki Fletcher/Worship Central.
What does the next year hold for Will Herron?
Continuing to write, lead here at Holy Trinity Church, pioneer Worship Central in this area and help develop the community of worship leaders in the DC Metro area. Exciting times ahead!