Sean and I met in 1997 at church camp. Somewhere along the way, we turned into friends, and then I became his manager, and we’ve since traveled all over the world doing music and spreading the Good News. But back in the 90’s one of the things that we first connected on was Christian music. We both regret some of the bands we listened to back then, but not all of them. One of the first times Sean and I hung out together was driving to go see a Geoff Moore and the Distance concert with Smalltown Poets. We like to think that Christian music has come a long way since then. And while we prefer to call what we do “Gospel Rock”, there is no denying that Christian music in the 90’s was a foundation for what we do now.
So its kind of weird that we’ve had the opportunity to put two songs Sean and I co-wrote on two different compilations in the last couple months that also featured some of those 90’s Christian bands. Weird in a good way. It feels nostalgic, but it also feels like we’re a part of furthering something that started back then.
The first record is called “Grafted” and is a compilation to support an adoption group called Project Zero. There’s some good tracks on there by artists that are new to us. There’s also one by Sonny Sandoval, frontman of P.O.D., and the whole album was put together by Jason Truby, former guitar player for P.O.D. and Living Sacrifice. But there are also tracks by the likes of Geoff Moore and Phil Keaggy, which are a couple of those Christian artists in the 90’s Sean and I listened to. The song we did for the record is called “Family Reunion”, and you can download the album here https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/grafted/id566861264 or buy a physical copy here: http://projectzero.merchmo.com/products/detail/Grafted_An_Adoption_Album_CD_5972.
The other compilation is called “Songs We’ve Been Trying To Tell You About Vol II”. Its got songs by our friends in White Collar Sideshow and Canopy Climbers and Every Knee Shall Bow. Its also got new songs by some old 90’s Christian bands - Smalltown Poets, Big Tent Revival, and PFR. And I’ll admit, those were three of my favorite back in High School. We decided to go ahead and pre-release a song from Sean’s new album “Electric Delta” on this compilation - its called “Unbelievable” and you can download the entire album here: http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/cdreviews/SongsWeveBeenTryingToTellYouAboutVol2.asp
I’m typing this blog while with Sean and the rest of the band over in Senegal, West Africa. I’m taking this moment to consider how long its been and how far we’ve come since those 90’s Christian rock days - before Sean had a beard or even played electric guitar. We’ve all come a long way since then, I think, and I also think we’re in a much better place musically. But looking back helps me also turn to look ahead and realize that though we’ve come a long way, we still have a long way yet to go. Thanks for being a part of that with us. I hope these two new songs bless you real good, and we look forward to what lies ahead in this new year.
Sean Michel’s manager