Fred Hammond
Fred Hammond has won a number of Dove awards and even a Grammy over the many hears he has been singing Gospel Music. Musically, Fred Hammond started out as a very talented bassist. He played bass for the gospel group The Winans back in 1980s. In 1982 he teamed up with five other Detroit-based musicians to form a group called Commissioned. Fred Hammond, Mitchell Jones, Keith Staten, Karl Reid, Michael Brooks, and Michael Williams were the original members of the gospel super-group. Their first album I'm Going On was released in 1985. That was followed by Go Tell Somebody (1986),…
Inhabited
In 1999 Sara Acker and her brother Marcus started leading worship at their church in Texas. They were encouraged by their youth pastor to write some original songs, which lead to the band Inhabited. In 2003 they made an independent album called Innerview. They made a splash doing an interview for a small-town radio station. The DJ sent their album to Nashville where their single "Rescue Me" soon hit the Top 10 on Christian Rock radio. They were then signed by Fervent Records and released The Revolution. Inhabited has since had a number of band member additions and changes, but…
Jeff Johnson
Growing up Jeff Johnson was a big country music fan. He learned to sing by imitating his favorite country artists. His life took a turn in college at a Passion worship conference. He was watching the band Watermark. It was a moment that, not only lead to a commitment of faith, but also inspired a dream to sing Christian music and lead worship. After graduating with a degree in finance and computers, he took a corporate position in Dallas, Texas. He was leading worship at a local church at the time and eventually decided to quit his job and followed…
Junkyard Poets
Junkyard Poets are a six piece industrial percussive driven rock band from Sherwood Park, AB, Canada. Featuring the award winning songwriting talents of Jared Salte and Peter Mol, this indie sextuplet is generating a buzz like no other. They are an indie band. And the great thing about being independent is that stylistically you can go anywhere without mass industry smothering the creative flame. So that's exactly what they do. Their debut album entitled Rock, Pop, Roll is stylistically just that. Whether it's Trip Hop, Industrial Rock, Blues, Jive, Country, R&B they do it all. All based around performances and…
Jars of Clay
Vocalist Dan Haseltine met Lead guitarist Steven Mason at in Greenville College in Illinois. The two friends wrote a few songs for school projects. Along with fellow schoolmate Charlie Lowell on keys they formed the band The Jars of Clay, a name that comes from 2 Corinthians 4:7 "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." One final schoolmate Matt Bronleewe joined. They wrote a number of songs together, and in 1994 they won a nation-wide Gospel Music Association contest. Following this success Dan Haseltine, Steven…
Kari Jobe
Was born and raised in Texas. Though she has been singing since she was 3 years old, her musical career didn’t really start until after she finished her education. She attended Oral Roberts University, Christ for the Nations Institute and Dallas Baptist University where she graduated with a degree in pastoral studies and psychology. She then took a position at Gateway Church as one of the worship leaders. The church band released an album on Integrity Records in 2003 called Unsearchable. That was followed by Masterpiece the same year. Gateway worship returned in 2006 with Drawing Closer and the live…
Mat Kearney
Mat Kearney was born in Eugene, Oregon and spent many Sundays growing up, listening to a variety of music with his dad. After graduating from high school, he attended California State University. He was an English major who loved writing. He picked up a guitar and started writing songs for other people before even thinking of playing it himself. In the summer between his junior and senior year, that Mat Kearney offered to drive a friend across the country and help him move. He ended up staying in Nashville and recording his music. In 2004 Mat Kearney released his first…
Keith Kitchen
In 1994 Keith made a decision that would radically alter the direction of his life.“I never grew up in the Church. When I was sixteen, I made a decision to follow Christ, and I’ve never looked back. Everything just came alive! But, there was so much to take in. So much new information, and so many questions to wrestle with. It was after I became a Christ follower that I started writing. I guess it was my way of trying to make sense of it all.” While attending Canadian Bible College, Keith came into his own as a songwriter. He…
Kutless
Kutless is a band from Portland, Oregon. Lead singer Jon Micah Sumrall, guitarists James Mead and Ryan Shrout (also singing backup), bassist Kyle Zeigler, and drummer Kyle Mitchell. They started out as a worship band named Call Box. They changed their name to "Kutless" before releasing an independent three song EP. They were signed by BEC Recording and their self titled debut album was released in 2002. The song "Run" would go on to be the longest charting song in the history of the R&R Top 40. The album was also followed by a Kutless DVD the same year. Their…
Racheal Lampa
Rachael Lampa was born in Ann-Arbour Michigan in 1985 and started singing right away. By the age of 4 she was already perfecting harmonies. Her talent was first showcased, on The Jenny Jones Show at the age of 12. It was part of the Young Talent Search. Around the same time she also competed in the World Championship of Entertainment and placed 2nd. Her big break came when she was only 14. She was attending a music confrance in Colorado when the singer at a cafe didn't show up. Rachael Lampa filled in. In the audience was a producer from…
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