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Featured Artists: ANDREA GRAFF HEAVEN BOUND RE:MADE JONATHON WATERMAN

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atience. Let’s just say sometimes it’s hard to wait and be patient. At least it is for me. I have desires. Family desires. Career desires. Romantic desires. You name it. We’ve all got them. Now I know there are things that I must do in order to achieve my desires and I know that some desires get fulfilled with others. As long as I stay focused on what I need to do to attain my desire, I know that in time I will achieve my desire. This waiting part though… man it’s hard. Particularly when you have to wait for something to come into fruition until the time is right. And sometimes you don’t even know when that time is, but you have to be patient anyways? Now that’s tough. We might have to be patient for God’s timing, or we might have to wait for the other person to do their part. Whatever it is… it can get me very frustrated sometimes. But this quote by Joni Eareckson Tada got me thinking, “The times we find ourselves having to wait on others may be the perfect op-

portunities to train ourselves to wait on the Lord.” It’s true. The way we approach this “waiting” time will either make us a better person or a bitter person. Practicing patience allows the Holy Spirit to work in our lives and having patience is the evidence of His work. It says in Galatians 5:2223, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, selfcontrol; against such things

there is no law.” I want people to see the evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in my life. Because when they see that, then they can see God. And what better way to attract people to Jesus? We should be patient because God is patient. Begin to exemplify the qualities that God shows us in Psalm 86:15, “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” Smile and be happy! ∆

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inside chords 6 Waiting 8 Jonathon Waterman’s Passion for Worship 10 Andrea Graff makes a little magic

credits Editor-in-Chief: Sara Rozalina Writers: David Krstevski Hillary Le Ross Jones Juliane Lapidus Max Kutz Jennifer D’Agostino Elizabeth Bovenzi Oksana Slade Copy & Layout Editors: Sara Rozalina

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On The Cover: PLUMB

16 The Measure of PLUMB

Interviews: PLUMB Jonathon Waterman Re:Made Andrea Graff Heaven Bound

20 faith & love but mainly Love 24 Re:Made from the Past and here for a purpose 28 Keep on Dreaming 30 Heaven Bound

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Photographers: Hillary Le Katie Lamb Andrew Grumke Kelbert McFarland Street Talk Media Jesse Sprinkle Byron Mitchell Volney Powell Victoria Le Advertisements Shining Light Ministries Hillsong Worship Bethany Devine Moriah Peters


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By Juliane Lapidus

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ome time ago I thought it would be fun to get a Polaroid camera to capture the beauty of life and get instant memories of a moment that is gone forever. A moment, just the way it is, without editing, without a filter. So I ordered a Polaroid camera on Amazon. I was really looking forward to taking my first Polaroid picture since I’ve never done this before. Therefore, I decided to share this experience with a good friend. After looking for the perfect spot, we finally found a beautiful background and took the first picture. I was beyond excited. Soon I would hold my first Polaroid in my hands. The first Polaroid came out. But to my surprise it did not come out fully developed. It was all white. So I started shaking it and waiting for it to develop. I felt like a little kid waiting for Christmas; however, after a few minutes it still remained white. I thought something went wrong with the film or the camera was broken. I started losing hope and decided to throw away the first “failed” attempt and get a new shot. But my friend stopped me from doing this by encouraging me to have patience and to wait a little longer. Finally

after more time has passed, the picture started developing and turning into colors. It was awesome and surprising at the same time because I had almost given up. We took another picture and again we waited. This time I knew it would take a few minutes to develop. So I waited patiently because I already knew the outcome. This experience taught me patience. Indeed, it taught me how important it is to wait, hope and believe even if I cannot see anything happening yet. In life we are often waiting for something; waiting for a dream to come true, waiting to meet the right person, waiting for a situation to change…waiting and waiting. When things do not happen as fast as we want, we often get discouraged and feel like giving up. We start doubting God and losing hope. We are wondering if God is still in control of our situation. But He is never too late. He has His own timing. Just because it does not happen now, it does not mean it will never happen. Times of waiting are some of the most important times in our lives. In those times our foundation is built, our faith is stretched, and our trust is tested. It is an opportunity for growth. If God did everything we asked for immediately, we would

not grow and develop. “But I am trusting you, O Lord,” I said, “You alone are my God; my times are in your hands.” (Psalm 31:14-15) We have to understand that sooner or later there will be seasons of waiting in our lives. But are we going to wait the right way? Let’s choose to use those times wisely and wait patiently instead of doubting God and getting frustrated. In those times patience is developed. And patience is a fruit of the Spirit that is produced within us. “For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) There are times and seasons for everything in life. There is a seedtime and a harvest time. But first and foremost, we should remember that we all do not live in the same season at the same time. Maybe somebody is reaping the harvest while you’re still planting. In those times we should not compare ourselves to others or be jealous of somebody who is enjoying their harvest while you’re still waiting on yours. They had to go through a season of planting and waiting for harvest as well. We should be far more encouraged that God has been faithful in their lives, and so He will be in ours. ∆

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any of us can barely manage balancing homework with sleep. Much less pursue a musical career while also studying at university. Twenty-one year old Jonathan Waterman is an independent fresh young artist who has somehow managed to do just that, and still pass his classes. Jonathan is slowly but surely making his way into the music industry. This remarkable young man balances friends, his favorite sport of motorcycle grand prix racing, travel, his studies, and his ever-growing music career all in perfect harmony. Iowa born, but Missouri raised, Jonathon attended Evangel University where he studied Pre-Law, penny-boarded in his free time, and during his sophomore year, started the beginning of his music career. While not exactly a fulltime musician yet, through the help of social media, his name and talent is starting to spread. Jonathan released an EP in 2011, and soon gained recognition not only in the US, but internationally. Then in 2012, a year later, he reCHORDS 8

leased another EP, which was even more successful and reached #10 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts. His most recent releases have been three singles, each ranking high in popularity on iTunes. Influenced by fellow Christian artists, such as David Crowder Band and Tenth Avenue North, Jonathan has developed a smooth mix of pop and acoustic sounds in his music. This is a perfect combination that can either fill your car as you drive or your house as you clean. Either way, his silvery sounding soundtracks will be a delightful companion. Raised in the church as a child, Jonathan gives all credit to his talents and successes to God, and he wishes to glorify Him through his songwriting. This emotion and devotion is evident in his voice as he sings with genuine praise and worship. As evident, Jonathan is not one to completely settle down, and he hopes through his music career to travel and play wherever he can, wanting to interact with people and influence them in a positive way. His goal to be

an encouraging inspiration in peoples lives, strangers or not, it is shown in his active involvement with the mission organization Barnabas Clothing Company. This company donates ten percent of their sales to Living Room International, a non-profit organization in Kenya that helps woman and children affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. I’m sure we are all wondering what’s next for this upand-coming Christian artist. Thankfully, we asked him. He recently moved to Nashville after his graduation this spring to pursue a full-time music career, much to the joy of his fans. Keep your eyes and ears on the lookout for him, for he is sure to make a big impact in the music industry. Jonathan cares about his fans, and the advice that this confident man of God gives to fellow aspiring artists is simple yet powerful, “Work hard and never give up. There are going to be times when nothing seems like its working out. In those moments have faith in what God has called you to do and trust that He will provide.” ∆


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passion for worship By Oksana Slade

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By Elizabeth Bovenzi

Andrea Graff makes a little magic

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“Even if music doesn’t become your main career, you never know how far you will go and how many lives you will touch in the process. ” -Andrea Graff

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onderful, marvelous, exciting; unaccountably enchanting: The dictionary definition of “magic,” or words apt to describe Andrea Graff’s new EP, Magic? Both are valid in this case. Out of the small town charm of Victoria, Texas, a songbird has risen to soar upon the currents of the industry. Andrea’s love for musical expression was fostered in her childhood years, having been put into piano lessons at around the age of seven. “From then on, everything about music and performing captured me,” Andrea said. “Both of my brothers are talented musicians, so family nights usually turned into us all sitting around the piano, singing cover after cover of our favorite songs.” Throughout her educational period, she sang at her parents’ Family Faith Church, community events, and various productions. To the surprise of many, including Andrea, she found herself turning down a scholarship to Belmont University, where she would have achieved a degree in Music

Business. Instead, she felt in her heart that the Media and Journalism degree at Oral Roberts University was the right path to walk. As often in life, when God sends us down a road we don’t fully grasp, the purpose came around full-circle after graduation. “After college, I spent the entire first year and a half building my freelance writing business,” Andrea said. “Now, I can give more of my focus and attention to what I love most—music.” “Though I didn’t see it at the time, journalism was really a perfect choice for me,” Andrea continued. “It gave me experience in writing, television, and just about every type of media you can imagine, which is invaluable knowledge when you’re on the other side of the camera.” Andrea Graff now is living in the magical experience of releasing her debut EP. The inspiration was birthed six months prior, working with her brothers Michael and Geoffrey. “Being real about where we’re at is the only way to get where we want to be, and it’s

the best way to help others who are dealing with similar things. I’m not big on living with any kind of pretense; how I live is how I write,” Andrea said. “The EP is a short collection of moments in my life. Though each might not be told directly from my perspective, I have certainly felt every emotion I am singing about.” Currently, Andrea has her sights set homeward, enjoying her free time with family and friends, relishing the outdoors, and delightfully sipping a cup of coffee or two. She also works with a local project with her church called House of Dreams, a six- month program devoted to care for single mothers without a place to live. Providing wisdom for those aspiring in the arts, she said, “…Start now. Start thinking ahead not just to what you want to do, but to who you want to be. Then, don’t give up. Even if music doesn’t become your main career, you never know how far you will go and how many lives you will touch in the process. And to me, that’s what it’s all about.” ∆ 13CHORDS


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know there has been a lot of talk about the lack of integrity or vice versa in many areas of both our private and public lives. It is of special concern in areas such as politics, economics, business, journalism, the media, and even in church. It’s often discussed in a psychological and moral sense. What is integrity? Integrity stems from the Latin word “integer,” which means “whole” and “entire”, “unbroken” and “consistent.” This definition calls us to look deeper within ourselves in an attempt to get in touch with the divine source and foundation of who we are. By connecting with this Divine (God) we allow His Divine presence and His power to transform our lives from the inside out. Love, justice, peace, compassion, and wisdom begin to flow out and influence all areas of our daily lives. In this way we begin to live a life of integrity in harmony with our values based on God’s Word. Now, talking about getting there is easier than actually getting there. We live in a culture that is saturated with false distractions of every kind imaginable. We are faced with transparent choices in the media wherever we go and there aren’t many beacons that guide CHORDS 14

people to make choices in their lives that reflect a life of integrity. However, God’s voice often gets drowned out by the clutter, noise and temptations that bombard us everyday. But praise God that His light is the brightest and stands out above all types of distractions that we have and will face. The call to live with integrity is a call to us all. It is a call to search our minds and our hearts. It is a call to examine our actions and to ensure that they are in alignment with God’s plan for our lives and the world that we live in. This will never come without a cost, but it will surely pay off in the long run. Hey, nobody said success was easy. The reason why the majority of people are not successful in whatever area you want to talk about is simply because they did not do what it took to become successful. It takes a lot, but with conscious effort every single day it can be done. Some of us may be foreign to this idea of integrity and some may already have a pretty good grasp of what it is. However, we can all look around ourselves to find some examples of those who lived with integrity and be thankful to those who have had the courage to exemplify it.

People often have “spoken” out courageously against war, nuclear weapons, abortion, abuse of power and greed. Many have questioned why two-thirds of the world goes to bed hungry every night when there is more than enough for all of everyone’s needs. “I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.” (1 Chronicles 29:17) The thing is, when we choose to live integral lives we go from speaking to acting. Our lives will reflect and declare our true selves that are rooted in the Holy Spirit. Only in this way will we be able to establish a world of truth and justice for all to see. This is an ongoing journey of trials and growth; a lifelong constant examination of our values and making sure we live with integrity in our everyday lives. With the help of the divine source from within (God) there is little that we cannot do. The task may look daunting but our God is greater. “Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD.” (Psalm 119:1) ∆


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lternative Christian rock artist, Plumb, has had a stellar year, to say the least. The raven haired songstress has been a staple in the Contemporary Christian Music scene for years, but her latest album, Need You Now, has broken boundaries and is her best selling record to date. Her single, “Need You Now (How Many Times),” has sold over 300,000 singles on iTunes, and has received over 100,000 radio spins. The album was met with universal acclaim with positive reviews from all 11 media outlets that reviewed it. It reached the No. 2 position on the Christian Album Charts. The album does not come without controversy, as it was originally titled, Faster Than a Bullet. Plumb made the executive decision to change the title, due to the Sandy Hook shootings that took place just before the album’s release. Yet, all of her successes on the album are long overdue. It is the labor of years of hard work that has allowed her to achieve these results. “I’ve developed my brand. Something that is vital to lonCHORDS 18

gevity in music,” Plumb said. “I was never pursued, and therefore took years to develop and make [my brand] concrete.” Born Tiffany Arbuckle, in Indianapolis, Plumb comes from a close-knit family that was always singing together. “I have sung since I can remember, starting with a duet in church with my dad when I was three,” Plumb said. “I took piano as a child and then again as an adult, played the clarinet for three years in middle school and I always sang in any choir I had the opportunity to sing in.” Her successes have crossed genres with her breakout hit, “Cut,” topping Billboard’s Dance Charts, and it was used in a pivotal scene in The CW series The Vampire Diaries. Her song, “In My Arms,” was remixed by electronic music heavy hitters like Kaskade, Gomi and Bimbo Jones and reached the No. 3 spot on the Billboard Dance Charts. Continuing the momentum, Plumb took part in the annual Christian music tour, Winter Jam, which turned out to be one of the best selling tours of the year. She shared the stage with other

heavyweight Christian artists like, Colton Dixon, Lecrae, and Tenth Avenue North. When she is not recording or touring, Plumb spends time with her husband, Jeremy Lee, the founder of FlatRock Management and their three children, Solomon, Oliver and Clementine. “I love watching independent and documentary films with my husband and children,” Plumb said. “Also, trying new foods and restaurants, reading, jogging, shopping and pressure washing, are some of my favorite things to do.” Since her first record release in 1997 it has been a long road for Plumb. Through her hard work and dedication, she has proved to be a musician that is here to stay. Her inspiration and hope comes from God. “You have to be willing to do whatever you need to and to work hard,” Plumb said. “At the same time be careful not to orchestrate too much of that on your own. To quote Bono: ‘Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing. Get involved in what God is doing- because it’s already blessed.’” ∆


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onight I wanted to share my thoughts on a few things. If you don’t like it... Sorry? (my blog.) But I truly hope you do. The first thing I want to talk about is a guy in the Bible who I think just understood life, and simply got things right. This guy is known as the good samaritan. Loving samaritan. Philanthropist samaritan. Bro samaritan. (whatever) Now, I know that this is a story told by Jesus and didn’t “necessarily happen.” But we’re going to act like it did. Because... one, it’s easier to talk about like that, and two, Jesus said it. And that’s a viable source for me. (it probably did happen, or a version of it, sometime in history.) Speaking of history, if you don’t know anything about CHORDS 20

the relationship between the Jewish people and the Samaritan people... it wasn’t great. At all. The Jews saw the Samaritans as something much less than themselves and regarded them as a lower people because they were a mixed race of Jew and Gentile. Man, what an in-depth history lesson. If you would like to call me Professor Kutz, (that sounds awful) I will understand. (please don’t.) In light of that relationship, it’s easy to see how normal it would be for the Samaritan (can we call him Sam?) to just walk by and think, “Wow, dude got what he deserved.” But he didn’t. Even when two Jewish leaders walked by and wouldn’t touch one of their own, Sam did everything he could to help this man. And keep in mind, Sam did this for a man

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who would have probably despised him on the street. But that Samaritan simply didn’t care. That Samaritan didn’t let social strata get in the way of his compassion. That Samaritan allowed love to redefine who he was. The reason Jesus told the story of the bro Samaritan was because Mr. Head Honcho (do people still say that?) of Jewish law asked Him if we are to love our neighbor, who are neighbor was? and this story was Jesus’ response. (found in Luke 10) So who is our neighbor? Our neighbor is the one who loves everything we do. And also the one who hates everything we do. Our neighbor is the guy living on the street corner annoying you every three minutes for some spare change. Our neighbor is the person sitting next to us on the plane listening to his playlist consisting of Megadeath, Lamb of God, and Justin Bieber on headphones that are probably made to make sure everyone around knows exactly what they’re listening to. It’s so easy to tell others, or even myself to always love people. But you know what? Often times I will look down at them and think, “Thank CHORDS 22

God I’m not like that,” “ew, that dude’s gross,” “stop bothering me,” etc. And that’s simply not right. Need an example on what is right? We have a perfect example of who and what to be in this world in Jesus. In John 8 some religious leaders (those guys...) had nabbed a woman in the act of adultery and brought her before Jesus. How awkward is that? Not awkward enough? Well it gets better. They ask Jesus what He is going to do to this woman since generally they’d just stone her and be done with it. Want to know Jesus’ response? He just sits there... playing in the dirt. (which, I’m sure was infuriating to these super holier-than-thou guys.) After what must have been forever of them nagging Him, He stands up and says one of the most profound statements. He says, “Alright, but whoever is sinless throw the first stone.” Then sits back down to play in the dirt. (cue awkward.) They just slowly leave. But here’s the whole point. Jesus is left sitting there with this woman who is obviously a sinner. And what does He do? He forgives her. Jesus had every right to throw that

stone, but didn’t because of love. Perfection said to her, I don’t condemn you. Perfection said to her I don’t see your imperfection. Perfection is telling us that He doesn’t condemn us. Perfection is telling us that He doesn’t see our imperfection. What manner of love is that? A man that has every right to look down on us because of how much better He is than us decides simply not to. That is love, people. It was for love that Jesus went to the cross. And it is for love that He is still in our corner. And friend, He is absolutely in your corner. The Samaritan looked past his own distaste for the Jewish man and chose to put on love. Jesus looked past His perfection and chose to put on love. To “put on love.” What an idea. To wear love in such a way that other people can see it when you walk by or are just sitting there? That’s what I want to do. I want to put on love. why? Because He did that first for me. be easy. -max. P.S. didn’t talk about faith at all... (oops) maybe I will next time. ∆ excerpt from maxkutz.com


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“Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be who you were created to be. Anything else is less.” -Josiah Ball

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he rap duo Re:Made is making a statement and they definitely believe they are here for a purpose. Re:Made comprises of Josiah Ball a.k.a. “JoStyle,” and Garrett Lelapi a.k.a. “’Garrett Daniel,” who have been developing their rap careers separately. The duo came together to form Re:Made and their debut album titled Escape was received by an overwhelming positive response. “We haven’t heard any negative criticisms from people.” Josiah said. “It was our first professionally recorded project so we think that helped a lot.” The two are based in Rochester, NY, and are both graduates of Elim Bible Institute, which helped them get started. “Elim had everything to do with it,” Josiah said. “Elim is where we met and it totally shaped who we are today. We were given a lot of opportunities to perform. They wanted us to expand and grow in our craft so they had us perform at different conferences and events.” Their time at EBI also in-

fluenced their music greatly, and they say that God is extremely important to them and their music. “God, Yeah… He is the goal of our music. When people hear our lyrics we hope and pray they hear God,” Josiah said. “Not so much of our upbringing influenced us but more of our time at Elim Bible Institute.” Even their unique name came from a Biblical inspiration. “Our name came from 2 Corinthians 5:17, saying we died but we are “Re:Made,” to the point of being brand new. Saying yes, God made us but then He remade us once we accepted who He was. We are now new creations.” The two are active in their local church, and enjoy traveling to other nations and doing overseas mission work. “We like to inspire hope and a meaning to life,” Josiah added. “We believe people do get impacted by our music in this way.” Locally, Josiah works with a group called BASIC, a college ministry focused in Northeastern United States. The two have been build-

ing connections through various people, expanding who they are through shows, and are using social media to aid them in anyway it can. When the two are not recording, Josiah enjoys reading comic books and watching movies. He calls himself a “Marvel Nerd,” and has a hate for spiders which is paralleled with his love for chicken wings. Garrett loves being outside, running parkour, archery, and anything to do with training to stay in shape. The close friendship between the two is evident as Josiah jokingly takes a jab at Garrett, “So Garrett is saying he is manlier than me.” Over the summer, the two will be doing many shows together and praying over the future of Re:Made. Currently, they are both working on separate EPs, Accept Me by Josiah, and Garrett is working on Allegiance, both being released this summer. “Stay humble,” Josiah advised. “That’s what we have been told all through this. Also don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be who you were created to be. Anything else is less.” ∆ 27CHORDS


Keep on Dreaming By Hillary Le

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ou were never made to do small things. We were never created to do anything less that glorifies God. Everything God said that we could do is possible. We can be courageous, faithful, loving, forgiving, prayerful, and peaceful. God said so Himself! He has made what is impossible to be possible. When we set goals that are honoring to God, He wants us to achieve them. If that still, small voice stirs a dream within you, then you are already equipped for what is needed to reach the goal. God will use you where you are. Photography is something that I am very passionate about, and it is something I desire to continually improve. In the past, I often felt that being a successful photographer was impossible. I would tell myself, “If only I had that equipment” or “If

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I lived there, I could make more impressive images.” It took time, which felt an eternity, to feel peaceful with what I had. Don’t hate your current situation. You don’t need to be living somewhere far away for God to use you. He will use you with what you have and where you are. God does not want you to be bitter about this time of your life or despise who you are. God has you right where He wants you. No matter how big the dream is, if God puts it in your heart, then it is possible. He will use the money that you have, the resources, the people, and the motivation that He has already given to you. You just need to have faith in Him when He says to not “despise small beginnings” (Zechariah 4:10). God has appointed and anointed you to fulfill His calling. When other people are

flaunting their achievements and dreams, do not compare yourself. Don’t hold on to your past mistakes or doubt that God will use you. Those things will keep you from your dreams. What you see is what you’ll get. If you picture your life in misery, weakness, failing, or painful, that is most likely the outcome. Imagine your life in a positive way—full of love, friends, and healthy relationships that are God-focused. Before a dream can ever happen, it starts in the heart. Surrender your wants before God because what He has planned for you is far better that what you have planned for yourself. Do not worry, and trust that He will come through as He always has. He has what is best in mind for you, and His plans are good (Jeremiah 29:11). Get excited for the future! ∆


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n order to rise to the top, you have to start from the bottom. Everyone has a beginning. Such is the story of Heaven Bound, an all-girl Christian band. Based in Buffalo, NY, Heaven Bound members Amber, Joy, Elise, and Vidie have a goal to reach the heavens with their music, while at the same time maintaining their humility before God and man. With a name like Heaven Bound, it is clear to see the main purpose for the band: to glorify and get closer to God. Their music aims for the heavenlies, and it is evident in Heaven Bound’s single, “Be Ready.” The song has a style that mixes popular sounds with traditional Gospel, while at the same time encourages the listeners to be ready for when Jesus comes back. They hope to present a sound that people of all ages can listen to, so that the message can spread across generational boundaries. Growing up with a Pentecostal background, their lives were largely centered on all things musical: the choirs, the instruments, and the emotion of Gospel. This foundation allows them to appeal to a much older crowd of believers. However, the upbeat tempo of their music caters

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to the young people as well. Heaven Bound is a group that recognizes that one must not trust in their own abilities and talents to be successful. Although the girls can play multiple instruments and sing with the best of them, not all of them are classically trained or have formal education in the area of music. Amber Hord, the lead vocalist said, “Training is important. However I don’t believe a formal classical music education is necessary, although it is always helpful.” While reaching up to heaven the girls realize that they must consistently reach down to earth. They encourage all aspiring artists to never lose sight of the desires that God has placed on their heart to accomplish. They also admonish artists to surrender their motives to the Lord, so that they can do what God tells them to do with pure and humble intentions. Lastly, artists must always endeavor to finish what they have begun. God will never place a dream in someone’s heart that He does not want to be fulfilled. Even if it takes years of hard work and patience, perseverance is the key to completion. The girls share a wide vari-

ety of musical talents such as the ability to play the violin, guitar, bass, organ, keyboard, and the drums. It is amazing to see how humble they are when it comes to talking about what they can do as a group, and it is this humility that makes them Heaven Bound. It is also good to know that a group with such a high calling is still approachable at other levels of life. Apart from being an excellent drummer, Joy loves to run and is into fitness. Elise, the keyboardist, enjoys cosmetology and is always up to date with new makeup trends. Vidie, the bass player, loves to travel and has an amazing business mind. Amber, one of the lead vocalists, enjoys reading and simply spending time with family. Self-promotion is a major aspect of growth as a musical group; however the members of Heaven Bound recognize that preparing for promotion is more important than quickly trying to force themselves into the limelight. Heaven Bound is currently working on a new album that is set to debut this year, and the girls want to make sure that they themselves are ready for what God has in store for them with the release. ∆


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