“7 Nights” was birthed out of an extremely difficult time in Monty’s life. “My wife and I got married very young. I was homeless when we got together.” They had their first child when he was twenty-one years old.
“It was really difficult to get on our feet. We’ve been married [for] six years and we’ve been pretty much for the most part poor.”
Getting by on government assistance and the help of friends and family have been what sustained the Monty family, although at periods their sustenance was insufficient. “When I really reached my breaking point was when we had our second child. We wanted to give our firstborn a sibling.”
Monty’s second son was born about a year ago. “We just weren’t ready financially.” At that time, they were unable to afford baby formula to feed their infant. “We went days with him crying, screaming out of hunger and just not being able to feed him.” Feeling helpless to relieve the suffering of his child put an immense burden on Monty.
“I called friends. I called so many people to help me and it seemed very rare that somebody could help me out.”
One of the friends that was generous to him at this time was fellow artist Ty Brasel. “There were times when I worked two and three jobs at a time… not sleeping for seven days, seven nights.”
“Me and my firstborn son split a piece of bread every day for like three months straight… I would give him a single slice of bread. I would split it in half. He would eat one half [and] I would eat the other. That was my life.”
“I wanted to make a song about that struggle and what it’s like to work really hard just to pay the bills, just to make it to next month.” Thankfully, Monty’s family is now financially secure. “Our kids are doing very well. They’ve both got their own rooms.”
During the most difficult of times, Monty and his wife never gave up on their faith.
“I want to make it known that God is good in the good times and the bad times.”
“21 Gold Street” was inspired by Revelation 21, “which talks about the streets of gold. Because its Revelation 21:21, I was like ‘21 Gold Street.’” The song is a metaphor saying that though Monty lives on Earth, he also has hope for Heaven where he will live for eternity. “I don’t want to wait to get to Heaven to live on the streets of gold. Where I live right now is 21 Gold Street because God says, ‘My will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
The cover of “21 Gold Street” was “actually a city that I built.” He constructed the buildings from wood that he cut and painted.
“Those are real objects… The little [figure] of myself is a piece of paper that I cut. I designed that.”