One of the refreshing new faces to appear in 2014 is singer, songwriter, producer and musician, Ethan Kent. His first solo project – Work In Progress – personifies artistry, musicality and ministry all weaved into one. BlackGospel.com looked to discover more behind the man who is a self-confesed ‘work in progress’.
Ethan Kent: It is a reference to both…me as an artist and as a Christian. I’ll start with the Christian aspect. The scriptures says in Phillipians 1:6 “being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” And so that is the spiritual thing. We are all works in progress, we have potential and a destiny that God has put in us. It is our job to walk out and fulfill it and it’s an everyday process. That is the spiritual aspect of it.
Work In Progress, before you released it to the public earlier this year?
I have been influenced by all kinds of styles. Within Gospel you have your greats like Kirk Franklin. He lives here in Dallas and he is someone we all idolize. The list can really go on all day. It really depends on what kind of mood I’m in. I really began to expand my catalog and to begin to study how people write songs. I became really interested in writing conceptually not just writing the standard things you would hear people say at church, like “God is good all the time’, you know those lines that we hear; “if it had not been for the Lord on my side I don’t know where I would be” those things that I always thought were the go-to lines.
I learned from pop music and listening to the mainstream radio how everything was kind of conceptual and that things were done differently. It was easier to sell people the music because the concept was interesting. It got your attention. So I began to shift my writing style towards that. Hopefully people are enjoying it.