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ARTIST: We Are The Monks
BIRTHDATE: Trent-5/7/75 Shellie 5/6/80
HOMETOWN: Trent-Amarillo, TX Shellie-Waco, TX
CURRENT LOCATION: Nashville, TN
AMBITIONS: Trent – write songs until I die, become a better chef, and be the best dad ever Shellie – give Trent a reason to write songs until he dies, eat his food, be the best mommy ever
TURN-OFFS: mean people and stinky feet
TURN-ONS: good food, good people, good conversation
DREAM GIG: playing Carnegie Hall and/or Radio City Music Hall
FAVORITE LYRIC: Trent – Soooo many choices. Really tough question. In John Mayer’s “Say What You Need to Say” the line, “Walking like a one man army, fighting with the shadows in your head” was really meaningful during a certain time in my life. Shellie – Oh heavens. That’s so hard!!! I’m going to have to go with a song my mom sang to me when I was a little girl and now I sing nightly to my son. The song is “I See the Moon, the Moon Sees Me” and my favorite line is at the end, “Once had a heart that was so true, but now it’s gone from me to you. Take care of it as I have done, for you have two and I have none.”
CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: Trent – my wife. She’s the good kind of crazy for jumping into this crazy music business with me. Shellie – I’m going to have to agree. I’m pretty crazy.
SONG I WISH I WROTE: Patty Griffin’s “Heavenly Day”
5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Trent – Michael Jordan, Paul McCartney, Patty Griffin, C.S. Lewis, Chuck Yeager. Shellie – Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Amy Grant, Beth Moore, Jimmy Fallon.
MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Trent – Lindsey Buckingham Shellie – I was in 3rd grade and it has stuck with me: Amy Grant
I WROTE THIS SONG: This is one of our favorite songs! Shellie and I truly believe that our relationship with each other and our faith in God makes us much stronger versions of ourselves. That belief is the core of “Stronger”.
There’s also a line in the song that says, “So many things I can’t wait to see. Like two of us turning into three.” I wrote this line several months before we found out that we were expecting. Now with our little man by our side, we have found a whole new level of strength.