The Hand Above The King

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T.H.A.K., a.k.a. The Hand Above The King, is a non-profit Christian singer, songwriter, producer, and motivational speaker making music with the power to save both souls and lives. He writes tough, honest songs about substance abuse and mental health issues intended to provoke empathy in those that don’t understand and to comfort those who suffer. Based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region, T.H.A.K. is a music business veteran who has worked with important artists including Alien Ant Farm, Theory of a Deadman, Fire Fight, Girl on Fire, Avenue Army, Mackenzie Clymer, Lil Cam, ZEALE, and Saving Abel. His tracks, like the stunning “Setting With The Sun,” rush headlong into the human heart of the matter and speak directly to the people who most need to encounter his messages. As a non-profit, T.H.A.K. donates all profits generated to other nonprofits that deal with substance abuse and mental health. He doesn’t drink, use drugs, or take similar advantage when he plays live, preferring that the money generated at his shows is given to those most in need. His influences include Petra, Jars of Clay, D.C. Talk, Ed Sheeran, Creed, Metallica, and many others whose work keeps his own fire burning brightly. He drops his music on his own ThackTracks, LLC imprint and works diligently to be part of the solution, not an addition to the problem. Anyone seeking new music that’s meaningful and genuine needs to discover T.H.A.K. today.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is my way of outreaching to people who suffer from mental health and substance abuse issues. I hope my music inspires and motivates others to seek the help they may need to address these issues. It's also my way of telling my own personal story with my own struggles with these topics.

What is your music dream?

To use my music to reach people and bring them to Christ.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Patience, tolerance, understanding

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Breakfast by Newsboys

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Newsboys, DC Talk, Zach Williams, Crowder, Casting Crowns, Jars of Clay, and many others.

What inspires you to make music?

Jesus

What is the message you want to send with your music?

That Jesus can heal you from anything and to not be afraid to seek help from Him and others if you suffer from mental health or substance abuse issues.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Amazing!

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I think there is a lot of shallow music going around in popular culture these days and Christian music seems to be the only thing out there that is breaking the mold.

What do you think of Drooble?

It's awesome, duh.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Ego

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I do, I help others with producing or recording. Attend shows, help promote, and collaborate when possible.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Don't be afraid of rejection. Be kind always even when others are not. Work hard and then work even harder.