Christian bands to entertain during Wayland's Big Weekend

February 18, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Christian recording artists Building 429 will take the stage at Harral Auditorium on Friday, March 25 as part of Wayland Baptist University’s annual Big Weekend preview event for prospective students.

As part of their “Listen to the Sound” tour, the INO Records band will be sharing time with tour participants Revive and Anthem Lights. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., with tickets priced at $10 per person.

Building 429’s appearance at Wayland is a repeat performance as the band also took the Big Weekend stage in 2005. After playing together independently for years, the band burst into the Christian music scene in 2004 with their first project on a major label, “Space in Between Us.” The album’s single “Glory Defined” proved to a chart-topper that earned the band a fan following and industry recognition. The group earned BMI’s Song of the Year and the Dove Award for New Artist of the Year as well.

The group then released “Rise” in 2006 and “Iris to Iris” in 2007 then switched labels to INO. Their newest album was self-titled, a hint that the band is reemerging and finding its identity after mountains and valleys that commonly accompany the music industry. After 10 years together, the group has grown spiritually and their shows are worshipful concerts packed with talent. The 2008 album is testimony to that evolution.

The group includes lead vocalist Jason Roy, drummer Michael Anderson and keyboardist and lead guitarist Jesse Garcia, who also provides background vocals.

“God has continued to work in a real powerful way teaching us to step aside and allow Him to do what He wants to do,” says Roy. “It is my constant reminder these days to live my life by God’s design. It always amazes me how God works through us.”

“I’m more confident than I have ever been in my life when it comes to my calling, when it comes to my brothers, when it comes to my band,” Roy adds. “That confidence is not in myself; that confidence is in the fact that the Lord is going to do something great with us. We’re just excited to be along for the ride.”

Building 429 was featured on a Christmas special on TBN in December, and the band has partnered with ministries such as World Vision and Food for the Hungry to promote awareness of their work with the less fortunate. A new album titled “Listen to the Sound” will be released in May.

As relatively new band on the American Christian music scene, Revive hails from Australia. The group earned a nomination for New Artist of the Year at the 2010 Dove Awards, further moving them into the music arena.

The group’s first Essential Records album – “Chorus of the Saints” – was produced in 2008 by Third Day frontman Mac Powell, whom the group met when asked to open for the more seasoned band on their Australia tour. Powell encouraged the group to move to Atlanta and they took a leap of faith four months later and did.

Their latest album, “Blink,” features a more pop-oriented sound but maintains their traditional inspirational Christian messages. The 2010 release reflects a slight change in the band’s sound after losing one of its original four members and replacing him with former Nevertheless guitarist AJ Cheek. Revive also includes lead vocalist Dave Hanbury, drummer Mike Tenkate and bass player Rich Thompson.

“The theme kind of birthed from a discussion about how long we might be a band for,” Hanbury says. “Are we gonna be a band for years and years? Realistically, you never know. So we thought, ‘Well, we’re gonna do this record. So let’s make it about something that matters.’ And it hit us! ‘Chasing what matters is a great theme for the record: Your life is over in a blink. What are you gonna do with it?’”

Formed in 2007, Anthem Lights was born of a collaboration of singer/songwriter Alan Powell and aspiring solo artist Chad Graham. After realizing their work really was meant more for a group, the duo added fellow Liberty University students Caleb Grimm and Kyle Kupecky, then began writing and recording together.

Since then, the group has offered up innovative, high-energy pop tunes with soaring vocals and a heart to minister to the audiences they reach. Their self-titled album debut is set to release in May 2011 on Reunion records.

“These songs were born out of what we’ve experienced over the past couple of years, spiritually,” Powell said. “We’ve had to learn some very difficult lessons about who God is and who we are. We’ve gone through moments where we felt really close to the Lord, really felt Him at work in our lives, and then very real moments when you feel you’re going around in circles and can’t find Him at all. I think we’ve just tried to be really honest about what that darkness feels like and yet make it clear that ‘the Light always wins.’”

The group sites musical influences like dcTalk, Michael Jackson, One Republic, Stevie Wonder, tobyMac and Justin Timberlake, creating a dramatic pop experience that is all their own.

The concert is part of Wayland’s annual Big Weekend preview event, which offers high school juniors and seniors and prospective transfers a chance to experience college life up close by staying in dormitories with current students, enjoying campus activities, auditioning for athletics and scholarships and learning all about the WBU experience. The concert is free for Big Weekend participants. For more information about Big Weekend, contact Wayland admissions office at (800) 588-1928.

Tickets to the concert will be available through the Wayland University Store in Plainview, the Mardel store in Lubbock and Lifeway Christian Stores in Lubbock and Amarillo or at the door if available. For more information, call admissions.