Words matter. These are the best Sonny Sandoval Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
We were never Christian enough for the Christian world, but were always way too Christian for the rock world.
Some kid who thinks he’s cool can say, ‘Hey, I’m down with Jah.’ It’s the same thing as saying, ‘I’m down with God.’ If it’s easier for you to relate that way, then cool.
When I joined this band, I never thought of myself as a singer. I just did whatever I could, which was rap. And then, over time, I’ve grown, and we’ve developed and tried different things. It all happened gradually and naturally.
When you become a Christian, all of a sudden you start to live on this rapture mentality, like tomorrow the world’s going to end. You live in that frenzy. We come from the streets, so the mentality was like, ‘Yo, dude, what’s up? You’re not going to tell me I’m not down with God. What’s up!’
Jah, for me, is just short for Jehovah. It’s a short name for God.
I went through those times in my life where I started to get bitter and angry, and you’re like, ‘Why am I even a Christian? I don’t like any of these people that call themselves Christians.’ That’s when I had to go spend time with God, and He had to remind me I’m walking with Him and not these people.
If we do a record, and there’s a reggae song, it’s not shocking to us. If we do an all hip-hop song, it’s not shocking to us. We all listen to that sort of music. It’s not about what’s in at the time; it’s what feels right to us and what we’re comfortable in doing.
It’s religion that killed our King, you know what I’m saying – that religious idea that has distorted the love of God, and now the world doesn’t want it. They don’t want religion. They want Jesus in their heart. They want Him. They just don’t want the religion.
I could have continued to get into trouble, but I wanted to do something positive with myself – and music is the best way.
When we first started, I didn’t know there was Christian rock or Christian music. I just thought we were a rock band that stuck to our convictions… Like every other hardcore band out there sang or screamed what they thought, we did the same thing.
My grandmother and mother were from Italy, so I was raised Catholic. That kind of just meant going to church on Easter and Christmas. I saw a radical transformation in my family when they started going to a Christian church. I watched them fall in love with God.
Some bands sound like one song the whole album through. We’ve been all over the place because we are punk, hardcore, rock n’ roll, metal, reggae – and I think sometimes it might be too much diversity, and kids are lost.
We are all negative people, born negative people, so we concentrate on the good things in life, and that’s what makes us smile.
I’m trying to make sure that for myself and for my family, I’m staying as close to the heart of God that I possibly can.
If you look at these bands like The Beatles, they did something that was new for that time, whether it was shocking or just a new direction that they were going.
We’re not a typical Christian band. We’ve got dreadlocks and tattoos.
We have people on the road with us – our wives, our families and pastors. We come alongside each other, and we’re always in prayer.
To know that so many people have our backs and support us is an awesome thing. You need people saying, ‘Hey man, I’m with you all the way.’
Whoever is in charge of the artist will always have the upper hand. They act like it’s the artists’ world, but it’s the other way around, so they’re going to do whatever they want to do.
At every Ozzfest show, there’s horns and devils somewhere; there’s some kind of darkness somewhere. But the thing is, this is a stage, homey, and those fools are entertainers. And you know what, it shows! It’s fake.
Kids come up to us all the time and say, ‘Hey, I’m not a Christian, but what you guys are doing is cool.’ Or they say, ‘Man, there’s something different going on when you guys play.’ I believe that’s the Spirit of God touching who God intends to touch, whether it’s just one person or 50,000 people.
At first, we were militant about our faith, really in people’s faces. We used to say, ‘I don’t care if they kick us off the stage – I’m gonna tell them about Jesus!’ But what good did that do? They never invited us back to the club.
We don’t tell you what to think or believe in. That’s not our job. We’re rock musicians. Our job is to rock.
Even before the mainstream knew about P.O.D., we were going for several years underground. For me, those were the times where it really was about the music and really about the fan base.
It is the power of God that keeps us rolling on. It’s real good. When you know it to be real and true, that’s when you have to share it with whoever will listen.
‘The Awakening’ is meant to be listened to in its entirety. Every song ultimately explores a character dealing with life, making mistakes, fighting, trying. But we also live in a singles-type world, and it works on that level, too.
There is… a greater sense of divine purpose when we’re playing at all-Christian rock shows. In clubs or bars, we know that the audience primarily came to see a show, so we try not to get preachy and instead let the music do most of the talking.
I love the nation of Israel. I love Jewish people. My King was Jewish, and I embrace that.
It’s always been my heart that God would save people through this crazy music somehow, someway, His way.
I know God is watching out for me, and he’s saying, ‘OK, son, watch your step now. You can be in these places, but just be careful. Keep your guard up.’
We never claimed to be a Christian band; we just were outspoken about our faith. It’s not like we knew there was a scene.
We’re all confused and have problems and struggles.
Rock and roll has become entertainment that just says what the consumer wants to hear. There’s no more edge or rebellion that sets it apart from the norm.
It’s important to tour with bands that you get along with.
God is love.
I became a Christian when I was 19, and it wasn’t like I was raised with the church.
Payable On Death is actually a banking term, when someone passes on, what someone leaves behind. We related that to Jesus on the cross, and by his death, our sins are paid, the debt is paid. We have salvation if we want it. We got tired of saying Payable On Death, so we went to P.O.D.
All we know how to do is write music and love God.
I was born into hip hop and reggae, and then I started listening to more hardcore and punk bands like Bad Brains and the Suicidal Tendencies; they opened up a whole new world for me. They had something to say, and I could relate to them.
I’m a man of faith.