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12/17/2015
TENTH AVENUE NORTH ANNOUNCES THE CONTINUATION OF THE "ALL THE EARTH IS HOLY GROUND" TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS HAWK NELSON AND I AM THEY
08/13/2015
PROVIDENT LABEL GROUP CELEBRATES 15 GMA DOVE AWARD NOMINATIONS
02/06/2015
FOLK/POP BAND I AM THEY CELEBRATES TOP 10 DEBUT
12/05/2014
FOLK-TINGED POP RECORDING ARTIST I AM THEY TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM ON JANUARY 27
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We pile rocks asaltars of remembrance, set aside certain days as sacred, and even sharecommunion meals to recall and reflect. Our faith is built on remembering. I AM THEY, a pop-acoustic worship group, stands as a modern-day altar to the Lord.The members themselves are the testimonial stones - each with their own storiesof trial and triumph.

Matthew Hein,although having grown up involved in ministry and surrounded by the truth ofthe gospel, had found himself trapped in an addiction to pornography. From theage of thirteen this was something he had hid successfully, but as a leader inhis church and newly engaged to his fiancée Tori, he knew it was time to revealthis inner battle. He confessed this sin to his fiancée, his pastor, and Godhimself, expecting to lose everything - but the rejection never came. Insteadof losing all he had, Matt felt the freedom he had wanted for so long, like hecould breathe again. This heavy rock he had carried is now a part of an altar.

Sara Palmer,after finding out her marriage was over, barricaded herself in her closet, andcried out to God to take her fears. Her sense of self had been so tethered toher marriage that she didn’t know who she was outside of that relationship. TheLord began to show Sara her true identity. She saw a mountain before her. Ahuge immovable fear. But through faith, this mountain was moved and God showedSara who she really was. Sara brought a piece of this mountain with her andlaid it on the altar.

Justin Shinn,after hearing cops knock on his door, and flushing pounds of heroin down thedrain, left his house that day in handcuffs. At just twenty years old, Justinwas one of the biggest drug dealers in his county. Justin’s mom was alsoarrested because of cocaine he had stashed in her dresser. Seeing his mom inhandcuffs through his jail cell window was Justin’s rock bottom. The judgelooked down on him, questioning whether he was even a salvageable member ofsociety. He got down on his knees and prayed to God for the first time in yearsbegging him for change. And God changed his life. Justin began to get involvedin his church and eventually started leading worship again. The musicalinstruments he had pawned for drug money he bought back. The Lord brought musicand worship back to his life and the heavy chains of his addiction were finallylaid at the altar.

Abbie Parker,after walking through a divorce and moving back into her parent’s home, fearingthe disappointment of her family and her friends, asked God, “How did I gethere?” In her childhood bedroom, Abbie remembered who she was as a daughter, asister, and ultimately a child of God. She no longer placed her identity in hersuccesses or failures but in God himself. Abbie had felt the weight of failure,but God saw her as His own. She was able to walk free, and leave the heavy lieof failure on the altar.


Jon McConnell, onNew Year’s Eve, found himself in a bar he had played music in for years, to acrowd who had heard his songs over and over. He felt stuck as yet another yearrolled in and he was doing nothing new. God didn’t seem to be using him how hehad expected. So he quit. He gave up on doing music in his own strength. He letgo of everything he had been chasing and put it before God. Shortly after thismoment of surrender, Jon received an opportunity to sign a deal with I AM THEY.Jon let go of his ambitions, surrendered his life, and laid it down on thealtar.

Out of thesetrials came songs of deliverance and worship. I AM THEY’s sophomore album Trial& Triumph opens with a shout of new joy and assurance with their track “MyFeet Are On The Rock.” Along with this joy is a feeling of candid honesty.After walking through the valley, the band is sharing all that the Lord hasshown them. The track “Scars” is an anthem of rescue. We all tend to hide theugliest parts of our lives. We bury our bruises under layers of perfectionismand pride. I AM THEY is peeling back those layers, not hiding their scars, butgratefully wearing them as marks of their own redemption stories. This newalbum is an audible communion. A musical supper of remembrance of not only whatChrist did for us on the cross, but of what He is still bringing us throughtoday. It is a call to join the band in laying down the burdens we carry, tolink arms and walk together as followers of Christ through trial and triumph.

 

 

I AM THEY Is:

Matthew Hein -lead vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass Sara Palmer - drums,percussion

Justin Shinn- keys, concert drum, banjo Abbie Parker - lead vocals, keys, harmonium

JonMcConnell - lead vocals, guitar, keys, banjo