WINNSBORO — The Christian music group The Change returns to Winnsboro on Sept. 22 for a party celebrating the release of the group’s sophomore alum “Against All Hope.”
Front man Andrew Morris said they continue to have a great relationship with the Church of Nazarene where they have performed on New Year’s Eve. The party starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Copies of the new CD will be available for purchase.
Although they are in a commercial venture of sorts, the band stays true to its roots of just two musicians who started playing together to lead worship at Restoration Outreach Ministries in Newberry.
“Our job as a band is to lead worship. We are not entertainers. We want people to go crazy about how awesome God is and to worship him,” Morris said.
The album evolved over two years and it grew as the band grew. The songs “Unite in Us,” “I Belong to Jesus” and “Against all Hope” were performed live before they were cut on the album and thanks to Trevor Colburn learning engineering the group feels its albums are sounding more like their live shows.
Just like the group’s first CD, a self-titled album, “Against all Hope” is available on itunes amazon and spotify.
“Breaking the Silence,” the heaviest track on the album, was written on an acoustic guitar while Morris did mission work at a feeding center in Nicaragua. In that environment it became apparent to him that Christians are in a fight that is worth fighting for and that the battle of Christianity is not in the past tense.
“Just because we know end the end that the battle will be won does not mean we can stop fighting (to live lives of faith),” he said.
Self made group, album
They produced the album themselves and in Newberry at a studio hosted by Restoration Outreach Ministries.
They laid down scratch tracks, which are like rough drafts, and then lead guitarist Trevor Colburn did the mixing and final tracks starting with drums and bass lines and then filling in the rest of the arrangements.
Andrew Morris does most of the vocals but on other tracks guitarist Trevor Colburn does vocals as does bassist Isaac Goble.
The band keeps things informal. To be in an event, each member has to be at the two practices preceding the event. With work schedules and school schedules sometimes they mix and match a four-piece group.
“It was fun because we could engineer it in house,” Colburn said. “That gave us complete creative control.”
Goble agrees, saying their sophomore effort is “artistically an increase in the musicianship and songwriting in general. Over the two-year period for this album the group grew organically and creatively.”
As they created the album they had 10 songs that did not make the final cut and the album focused more on a bigger picture of what God is about and bringing about in the world.
“We live in a world where it seems like people turn to God when all hope is lost,” Morris said. “In times when all hope is lost, God comes through and not just then. Throughout our lives, God defeats our lack of hope.”
The band has toured on the East Coast in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and the Carolinas. They are doing it for the ministry, not for the profits, noting how overhead expenses consume a lot of their efforts. Members have a variety of full-time and part-time jobs to support their music ministry and right now feasibility restricts them to the East Coast. But through the web and electronic downloads their music reaches much further.
The Change also wants to promote awareness and activism in a Christ-like way. A portion of proceeds from their first album went to fund a feeding center in Nicaragua to feed needy children.
“There are areas where people can give time or money to make an impact,” Morris said. “Our goal is to enable people to go to one local resource and to give and help.
Recently the group learned of sex trafficking and human slavery in South Carolina, so they decided to do a benefit concert for Hopewood Haven, an organization that helps girls become freed from situations where they are prostituted against their will.
They also have helped with a homeless ministry.
“In Asheville, someone walked up to us asking for socks,” Morris said. “That helped us see we are not only called to lead worship, but we are about enabling Christians to connect with real people that need the love of God and we look to show that connection through our time, actions and finances.”
Now the group encourages others to have packages in their cars containing soap, shampoo, socks and other items to give out if someone in need asks. The goal is to supply some form of hope for people in rough situations where it seems all hope is lost.
Visit www. followingthechange.com for more information.