Free concert to feature trio of Christian bands

October 1, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University will host a free concert on Monday, Oct. 11 featuring three Christian bands from the “For Those Who Wait” tour. Manic Drive and Group 1 Crew will open for Fireflight in the 6:30 p.m. concert slated for Hutcherson Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Fireflight is a quintet of Florida natives including lead vocalist Dawn Michele, guitarist and support vocalist Justin Cox, founder and guitarist Glenn Drennen and wife Wendy Drennen, bassist, and drummer Phee Shorb. The group launched its debut with Flicker Records in 2006, titled The Healing of Harms and garnering two No. 1 radio singles. Their sophomore release in 2008, Unbreakable, began establishing them more in the Christian rock community with No.1 hits from the title single, “Stand Up” and “The Hunger.”

Their third album, For Those Who Wait, unleashed a bigger, heavier sound and a new level of personal maturity for the group. It’s also a self-proclaimed scrapbook of band members’ personal hurts and high points along the journey of life.

“This album is a maturation in understanding that sometimes you don’t appreciate why you’re on the path that you are,” Michele explains. “A lot of times, we get bogged down thinking about things that we’re waiting for. And when we do that, we totally miss out on what’s happening in-between now and our goal. God has times of waiting in our lives because He has something for us to learn. Hard things that happen, that throw us off of our plan, become the most important things in our lives because God will take them and use them to shape our character and who we are.” 

Besides its music, Fireflight is dedicated to compassion and justice ministries through partnerships with To Write Love on Her Arms, which helps individuals struggling with self injury, depression and addiction; Dawson McAllister’s HopeLine, which gives life guidance to teenagers and young adults; and The Legacy of Hope International, a ministry committed to serving the most immediate needs of Cambodia’s poorest children.

Group 1 Crew is Blanca Reyes Callahan, Manwell Reyes and Pablo Villatoro, a trio bringing the message of God’s love and grace to the hip hop music scene. Recording for Fervent Records and Warner Bros. Records, the Crew made their debut with the hit song “Can’t Go On” on WOW Hits 2007. Soon after, they released their first EP, I Have A Dream. Their self-titled debut full-length album was released in February 2007.

Their third album, Outta Space Love, was released in September. They have toured with KJ-52 and on The Revolve Tour for teen girls as well as with Hawk Nelson and A Road Less Traveled. They have earned three Dove Awards for their music, including the 2009 award for “Best Rap/Hip Hop” album.

Canadian brothers Michael and Shawn Cavallo formed Manic Drive in 2004 when signed by the Butterfly Music Group of Nashville. The group later signed with Whiplash Records and recorded their first album Reason for Motion in May 2005. Several songs from that debut album hit the R&R Top 30 Christian Rock charts, and they began touring with Seventh Day Slumber and Fireflight. Drummer Anthony Moreino rounds out the trio.

After several years of recording and touring with many major Christian bands, the group teamed up in January 2010 with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for a sold-out show with grandson Will Graham in Ontario. Their latest album is titled Blue and features a remix of the same-titled single released originally in 2008, which gained notoriety for the band with its video success. They have won several awards from the Canadian Gospel Music Association for their work, including Best Rock Album of the Year for 2008.