I grew up in Champaign, IL, and learned early that musical style was secondary to message. Our church exploded with college students and their contageous enthusiasm. We had a full orchestra, choir, organ, folk-rock band, and contemporary ensemble. Pretty cutting edge for the early '70's. They intentionally picked the music style best communicating that day's message. It clicked for me.
I spent significant time on stage in addition to music, performing in theatre, mime, pyrotechnics, stage combat, dance, clowning, and working as a stage manager and 35mm projectionist.
As I grew serious about my future, I came to understand that whatever I did, I knew its ultimate purpose was sharing Jesus with others. Music made a good medium.
(And yes, that's me on the far left looking way cool.)