Christian band to play concert to benefit African missions

Release Date: October 27, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Christian rock band AG Silver will be in Plainview on Wednesday, Oct. 29 as part of their Water for Africa Missions Tour, with a concert at Wayland Baptist University’s 11 a.m. chapel service and again at 7 p.m. that night at College Heights Baptist Church, 802 Quincy. Both events are free and open to the public.

              The Michigan-based band is traveling to various campuses and communities to perform their unique blend of alternative Christian rock and promote support for water wells in African communities in partnership with Blood:Water Mission. BWM aims to raise awareness about the need for clean water in Africa and uses funds raised to dig water wells. Their current goal is to dig 1,000 wells in 1,000 communities, and they estimate that $1 in American money will provide clean water for one African resident for a year.

              At its tour concerts, AG Silver has sold the Blood:Water Mission bottled water for $1 and reusable water bottles for $5 to raise money for the cause, in addition to taking donations. The items are provided by underwriters so 100 percent of all purchases go to the wells project fund.

              The band features lead vocalist Jon Ornée, a former chaplain and worship leader at Hope College in Michigan, and instrumentalists Chris McKellar on guitar, Aaron Cowan on bass and Craig Vanderwier on drums. They produced and released their first album in 2006, titled “Wake Up and Smell Reality,” after two years of writing following a win at the biggest Battle of the Bands contest in Michigan in 2003.

“It’s a very home grown project,” said Ornée. “We did all the initial engineering and production ourselves, everything down to the album art. We just knew what we wanted and decided that we wanted total creative freedom this time around.”