Singer/songwriter Wes Pickering’s easy vocals make for a delightful listen, especially with his latest project In Work and Worship. Compassion is a way of life for Wes, who adopted his dog Esther from a Nashville-area dog shelter and works with Songs of Love to craft original melodies for sick children. So, of course, Backseat Writer is pleased to un-wrap Christmas with Wes Pickering, who is sure to make Santa’s “Nice List” (even though Wes doesn’t believe in Santa).
Did you score any good deals on Black Friday? Is it a day of great deals or terrifying chaos?
Nope, on Black Friday I drove home from North Carolina to Nashville and made no stops to shop.
What is one of your favorite Christmas memories?
When I was 3, we lived in Germany. For some reason, my parents didn’t celebrate Christmas on December 25 that year. Instead they woke us up one morning (I’m still not sure what day it was) and gave us a fuseball table and an electric race car track. Even being so young, I still have a really vivid memory of that morning.
Let’s talk Santa. Did you believe in him as child? How did you find out he’s not real?
Nope, my parents raised us on the story of the real St. Nicholas, who you may not know, was a theologian, attended the council of Nicaea, and was imprisoned for his faith in Jesus Christ. One time, my uncle asked my older brother what Santa was bringing him for Christmas. He looked up and simply responded, “Santa Claus is dead.”
Describe one of the biggest Christmas-related catastrophes that happened.
There weren’t ever any major Christmas catastrophes in my household, although my sister did once back into a candle and catch her hair on fire. We caught it pretty quick and avoided any major disaster.
What’s your fave Christmas song/Christmas movie or cartoon/Christmas cookie?
Song – “Labor of Love” from Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God, Movie – It’s A Wonderful Life, Cookie – well, it’s not really a cookie, but Mom usually makes buckeyes for Christmas
Bonus Question:: New Year’s resolution—yes or no? If yes, what is your resolution?
Yes. Thirty new songs and 100 shows. I definitely need help on the latter, so let me know if you’re interested!