Third Day frontman Mac Powell knows what he's doing with a guitar—and with family. Married to his high school sweetheart, Aimee, for 17 years, Mac has a full house with five children, four GRAMMY awards, and 24 Dove awards. Since its start in Marietta, Georgia, in 1992, Third Day is still going strong. This year the group released their 12th album, Miracle, and appeared on 60 Minutes and Jay Leno's Tonight Show before heading out to lead worship at the 2013 Women of Faith Tour, "Believe God Can Do Anything."
"I'm a big believer in doing what's in your heart to do," Mac says. "What is it that makes you happy, what's your ultimate dream? God has placed those goals and desires on our hearts, so why not try to follow them?"
When he's not on the road with the band or as a solo artist (he released his solo country debut, Mac Powell, last August), he's spending time with his family in Atlanta.
"I'm home quite a bit more than what people think," Mac says. "We're never gone more than four or five days during the week—we're not one of those bands that leaves for weeks at a time. So we're able to manage it quite a lot better than people would think."
Familiar with global travel, here's what Mac had to say about keeping long-distance love alive and striking a balance between faith, family, work, and finding inspiration for over two decades of chart-topping CCM and mainstream music.