“The song “The Edge” is about me crying out to God because my mother was dying. I felt like I was on the edge of a cliff with the devil and the fires of Hell below me and angels up in the sky above me. I couldn’t decide whether to jump in the fire or rise up.”
Rewind to 2010. Prophet of St. Madness was working on a solo project, Prophet & The Cowboys of Apocalypse, releasing the acoustic album “The Edge”. When released in 2010, “The Edge” received the “Phoenix Music Award” for “Record of the Year” solo record.
“The Edge” was the first acoustic album Prophet recorded, as Prophet & The Cowboys of Apocalypse, after the St. Madness album Vampires in the Church. The songs “Arizona”, “Just Another Day” and “The Edge” are beautiful and heartfelt with the acoustic version of “Arizona” being just as powerful as the original.
See below for excerpts from a brief interview with Prophet from St. Madness with Anita.
Anita: What inspired the song “The Edge”? That is one powerful song.
Prophet: The song “The Edge” is about me crying out to God because my mother was dying. I felt like I was on the edge of a cliff with the devil and the fires of Hell below me and angels up in the sky above me. I couldn’t decide whether to jump in the fire or rise up. The songs for that album were written while I was fighting cancer and they were recorded when my mom was fighting ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Anita: When you were on the cliff deciding whether to fall or fly, what was your soul saying?
Prophet: I was scared and broken hearted because I was losing my mom who was always my best friend growing up. We were working on “The Edge” at the same time we were writing and recording “Saintanic” in St. Madness. We actually put out “Saintanic” in 2009 which has a song for my mom (“You Are My Light”) and a song for my step dad (“The Sunday Paper”) who passed away on February 15th 2000. Both records were very emotional for me to make. The new acoustic solo record that we are working on sadly now has a song on it for my sister Kate who is fighting stage 4 lung cancer.
Prophet and St. Madness put their soul into everything they write and it shows. Prophet & The Cowboys of Apocalypse are working on a second acoustic album, to be released in 2020, 10 years after the release of “The Edge”.
Keep kicking ass, and keep tuned for more from Arizona’s Cowboys of the Apocalypse! \m/