The remarkably successful Christian Artist, Zach Williams, took a break from his current tour with Rend Collective to talk to us about his cookbook, his top-selling new single “Chain Breaker,” and what he’s cooking up for 2017.
Good Afternoon Zach! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed! Tell us a little bit about your cookbook and how that came about?
The cookbook was something that came about in a conversation that I was having with my radio team at the label. We were looking for a gift to send out to radio programmers who had attended a radio summit I had played back in April. I suggested sending them a cookbook because I love to cook so much and we thought it would be nice to let them see another side of me. After talking about, it I decided to take some of the recipes I cook for my family and write them down. I studied graphic design in college and wanted to do something a little more personable, so I just decided to design a cookbook myself. “Breaking Bread” is what we called it and the idea was to cook a meal with family and read the scripture I had written with each cookbook. The idea was to bring family together over a meal and the word.
How did you get interested in cooking?
When I moved to college my mom sent me off with a cookbook. It was around that time that Food Network was becoming popular and I fell in love with cooking. It became something very therapeutic to me.
Is there anything that you just will not eat?
I tried a live baby octopus at a merry-go round sushi bar while on tour in Japan a few years ago. I almost had a panic attack as the tentacles tried to attach to my throat as I swallowed it. Definitely will not do that again. No way!
Which three things are always in your home refrigerator?
Good cheese, Siracha, and bacon
What is your signature dish?
I will say that I have many but I love to make a good mushroom and asparagus risotto.
How about a funny kitchen incidents?
I don’t know if you call this a kitchen incident or not, but when I was in college I let the dishes pile up so bad that some friends and I had to wash them in my bathtub.
For fun, can you give an example of a “typical day” of eating for you, whether you are going out with friends, with your life group, or cooking at home for your family.
When I’m at home my kids love to cook with me. We go to the grocery store and buy everything we need to make whatever we are having that night, and I give the little ones a butter knife and let them cut up what they can. They love to help me season and stir the food as we cook. It’s really like sharing a song with people you love. They always feel so proud when its done. I’ve learned that even if they don’t know what it is, if they help cook it, they will want to eat it. (Parents get those kids in the kitchen!)
Aside from your passion for food and music, what’s the one thing that really keeps you ticking?
My God and my family are the most important things in my life. I have learned that friends come and go, but the Lord and family will always be there. I love spending any extra time I have hanging out with them.
You have a hit song out right now, “Chain Breaker.” What was the inspiration behind this song?
I wanted to write a song that would speak to everyone, no matter where you are or where you have been. Reaching the lost was my main goal with this song. When you have God in the drivers seat of anything, its easy to let him take control, and he is definitely using this song in a big way. Not just in my life, but in so many others. I am humbled and blessed to be a part of what he is doing with “Chain Breaker.”
What can fans look forward to in 2017?
You guys can look forward to a full record coming out in March of 2017 and several tours throughout the year. This is just the beginning and I’m so excited to be right where God has me.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could have a meal with anyone, who would it be and what would you have?
My grandpa who passed away several years ago from Alzheimer’s. I just wish that he could be here to be a part of what has happened in my life. I remember growing up as a little kid and always looking forward to getting up early when I would stay the night with them. He always made the best breakfast. He was such an inspiration to me and made an impact on my life that he will never know.
Huge thank you to Zach, for graciously welcoming us into his busy schedule to have this interview. If you haven’t already, give him a follow on all his socials to stay up-to-date on his newest happenings. Check out his video for “Chain Breaker” below.
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