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achel and Trevor were just trying to make ends meet.

They were both employed at a music store, “Ted Brown Music”, in their hometown— Tacoma, Wash. Their boss would leave the store around 6:30 p.m., and, for the last hour of their shift, they began to write music. But what started out of sheer boredom soon became their lives.

The pair was fired from Ted Brown Music, and began touring as He Is We. “When I got fired for taking too much time off for tour, I was like ‘Alright, well here’s my pivotal moment. Let’s do it,’” Rachel says. “And I cannon-balled into this, and here we are.” Trevor describes the event as “kind of mutual” — their tour lives weren’t fair to the company and, at the same time, Rachel and Trevor were on to something they knew they couldn’t ignore. Rachel went to a liberal arts high school and entered the music program. Trevor, on the other hand, says he was “neutral” in high school. “Is that allowed?” he asks, laughing. “High school is the pivotal point for everyone, trying to figure out who they are. I never knew. I just always listened to hardcore music and thought

I was cool. I had friends of all different natures,” he says. Growing up, Trevor attended church with his next-door neighbor. He attended for social reason at first, but as he continued to attend, religion eventually became part of his personal life. “In my community, every Friday night we’d tape off the block and buy skate ramps for kids to come, and we didn’t force God on anyone. It was more of a safe place for kids to come and hang out.” For Rachel, growing up in a Christian household had a large impact on her identity. “It was more a disciplinary thing than a ‘God is love’ thing,” she explains. By her late teens, Rachel grew bitter toward religion. In retrospect, she says she didn’t see religion as a relationship with God, but as a set of rules. She now recognizes religion as a personal connection. “Don’t let anyone try to tell you that you can’t be loved because you’re a sinner and you can’t be loved because all these different things have happened to you,” she says. “I’ve come around and realized that I can have my own relationship with God. I don’t need to listen to all the judgments. I like to think that religion saved me in a way.” Not long after they began writing their first songs, He Is We signed to Universal Motown Records, and began releasing 19

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