Ethan Whisnant – In Conversation
Chris got a chance to catch up with Ethan Whisnant, son of Jeff & Susan Whisnant. Take a minute and get to know this young man and see what his thoughts are on Southern Gospel and life!
Chris Unthank: First, go ahead and introduce yourself to our readers. Who are you, and do you do in our industry, exactly?
Ethan Whisnant: My name is Ethan Whisnant, and I am the youngest son of Jeff and Susan Whisnant. I travel full-time with my family, The Whisnants. My primary job on the road is singing and helping set up and tear down equipment.
CU: How old were you when you started performing with your family? How did the transition happen for you and your brother?
EW: There has never really been a transition for us; singing and traveling is all we have ever known. My brother Austin and I have grown up on the bus. We started singing the minute we could talk! Ha!
CU: Do you see yourself taking a more permanent role in the group as a vocalist? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
EW: I truly love to sing, and it is my heart’s desire to do this for the rest of my life.
CU: What song(s) have touched you the most?
EW: There have been many songs that have impacted my life. But to date, a song called “Live For You Today” has been the most influential. As a teenager, I realize I can’t change one second that I’ve already lived, but I can make a difference in my tomorrow.
CU: If there was one song you wish you could have recorded first, what would that be and why?
EW: That would probably have to be “Steppin’ Out In Faith” by the Jim Brady Trio.
CU: What advice can you give to other young singers/industry professionals wanting to pursue this music as a career?
EW: If I could give advice to anyone, it would be to live what you sing. That is without a doubt, the most important part of ministry.
CU: Outside of SG, we know you are an avid fan of golf. What draws you to that sport?
EW: The reason I love golf is because it is the hardest and most humbling game in the entire world. It teaches patience, respect, honesty, and sportsmanship
CU: If you weren’t in SG, where do you think your place would be in the world?
EW: If I didn’t sing I would love to be either a professional golfer or a sports commentator.
CU: What has God been teaching you lately?
EW: God has been teaching me to trust Him in all things no matter the circumstance. He has everything under control and nothing takes Him by surprise.
To learn more about Ethan and The Whisnants, visit them online.