With the release of Jason Fowler's new album I Fall In, the former rocker-turned-worshipper explains his journey to sobriety and the impact his relationship with God has made on his life.
Fowler's life can be heard in his music. Living a rock-n-roll lifestyle for years eventually caused him to hit rock bottom. After being kicked out of a drug dealer's house in downtown Atlanta and being homeless, he cried out to God and eventually was able to put the broken pieces of his life back together.
The following is an edited transcript of Fowler's interview with The Christian Post in which he discusses his rock star lifestyle of hopelessness and the transformation he received after attending a Christian-based addiction recovery program.
Christian Post: You have been through so much, can you share a bit of your journey with us? Your past before Christ and how you came to Him.
Fowler: I grew up in a musical family. My dad has a voice like Pavarotti, his brother Mike taught me how to play guitar, my brother Chad plays drums, and my uncle Chris Fowler plays piano. Chris and his wife, Joy Waters Fowler, have led worship in Atlanta for over 20 years. Joy has several albums out and is featured on the title track of my new album "I Fall In."
Some of my earliest memories were sitting around the piano at my grandmother's house singing everything from gospel to The Allman Brothers. I was surrounded by music from an early age but did not start playing an instrument until I was a teenager.
I actually won the Southern Regional Speed Skating Championship (7 states in the Southeastern United States) two times. They sent me to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs when I was 16. I wanted to be in the Olympics. It was right around that time that I first started drinking alcohol.
I grew up in an alcoholic family and always said I'm never gonna drink or do drugs. I saw the effect it was having on my family. My friend asked me one weekend if I wanted to go and hang out with his older brother and their friends. I really didn't want to drink but wanted to fit in. I took my first drink and it changed everything. The alcohol killed the fear and made me feel like I was funny, liked, and comfortable in my own skin. It was my "liquid courage."
I was raised in a Christian home but started to turn away from God and church. I started drinking to have fun, to deal with life situations, and to fit in. Before long I was relying on it for everything instead of relying on God.
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