SUPER excited about today's giveaway. Today, I'm giving away an autographed copy of Mercy River's new album "Higher." If you've seen them at Time Out for Women, or in person in Utah, you already love them. If you don't know them yet, you're going to love them.
From their bio: With thirteen kids between them, the three moms who form Mercy River undoubtedly have full plates. Even with the demands of motherhood, they refuse to slow down. Brooke, Whitney, and Soni make up this vivacious trio. They formed the group in 2008 with a hope to share the joy they find in life with others.
I had the chance to present with them in Pocatello, Idaho last Spring and loved them immediately. They are such positive people, and their songs are uplifting and fun to listen to. (I bought their first two albums on my phone before they were done with their first set in Pocatello.) Plus, they're hilarious. I can always count on all three of them to make me laugh out loud whenever I get to see them.
They were kind enough to do a little interview with me for the blog today so you could get to know them better. They've been doing a lot of interviews lately, and they get asked a lot of the same questions. (How do you do what you do with so many kids? What's it like balancing being a mom and a singer?) So, I decided to ask them five random questions from our TableTopics box we use at the dinner table! Fun, right?
So without further ado, meet Mercy River!
Question #1: What music reminds you of childhood?
Brooke - John Denver, the Beach Boys, and The Judds. (My dad has this great falsetto voice, I'm pretty sure he wanted to be a Beach Boy.) My favorite song growing up was Sunshine on My Shoulders...but I called it, "Sunshine on my Shoudos." Can I get a collective "Awww!". :) Just kidding.
Whitney - Billy Joel (cranked up while we cleaned the house!), Karen Carpenter, Beach Boys, Nat King Cole (at Christmas)
Soni - The Oakridge Boys Christmas Album (at Christmas), The Little Mermaid music, and Phantom of the Opera.
Question #2: Who in your family does the wackiest things? Brooke - Hmmmm. Probably my daughter Kallie. The kid is pretty gutsy when it comes to flipping over pillows, jumping off tables, and balancing at the top of a slide. That being said, she coils at the sight of a bowl of soup, sooo....
Whitney - My son, Gavin. He used to have this habit of always being on his head (I have pictures in the strangest settings to prove it). He has the best one-liners ("Do you want to know what the hardest thing is for a first grader to figure out? If a tiger or an alligator is dangerous-er.") He also happens to be a professional "insulter." Currently, he will call you "chicken fat" if you upset him. Oh, and yesterday he gathered all pencils in our home and went door to door selling them.
Soni - My husband, Treion. He'll walk around the house flexing his muscles for the kids, or "pull out" a dance move in the kitchen while I cook. He is also known to randomly impersonate Nacho Libre at any given moment, even singing the entire "Incarnacio" (sp?) song when prompted.
Question #3: What is your favorite way to exercise? Brooke - I'm a group gal. I love a good weight lifting class or kickboxing class. The thought of running on a treadmill for 45 minutes makes me shudder.
Whitney - With FRIENDS! I am a terrible self-motivator-excersiser. I also like to do the "class" thing for the same reason. I need to be pushed!
Soni - I used to have this amazing step aerobics teacher, but since she no longer teaches I just enjoy running.
Question #4: What habit are you most proud of breaking? Brooke - Uhhh...this question makes me think I need to be breaking some habits...
Whitney - Being a pack-rat. I used to keep everything for fear that I would "need it one day." But I've trained myself out of that and learned that throwing or giving things away is liberating!
Soni - I can't think of anything right now but my husband wishes I would get out of the habit of losing my cell phone so much....maybe I will work on that...then again maybe not.
Question #5: Would you rather meet your great grandchildren or great grandparents? Brooke - Definitely my great grandparents, one in particular. My great grandma Lily was known for her singing abilities, so I've always felt a connection with her. My youngest daughter's middle name is Lily-I thought it would be a good way to keep her in my mind.
Whitney - Great Grandchildren! I have always wanted to live a long life and see my children grow and have babies. And to see THEIR children have babies? I would love that!
Soni - Great grandparents, because my dream would be to go back in time and see how they lived.
Don't you love them? You'll love their music too. You can hear full songs right now on their Facebook page. Now...for the giveaway!
You can enter up to THREE times by doing one of the following:
1 - Choose one of the questions I asked Mercy River in the interview, and answer it in the comments below.
2 - Go to Mercy River's Facebook page to preview the songs from their album, and leave a comment telling me your favorite song.
3 - Go to Mercy River's Facebook page and "Like" them, and leave a comment telling me you did it.
I’ll be choosing the winner using Random.org, so if you want to have three separate entries in the giveaway, be sure to leave three separate comments.
Good luck! The winner will be announced on Monday!
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