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Age of Faith
Age of Faith rocks on God
Don't expect members of Age of Faith to rant and rave on stage when they perform Saturday night in Augusta.
"We're not one of those bands who get up there and act like we're mad," said Jimi Ray, lead singer and guitarist.
Instead, the songs off the group's 1996 CD Embrace are simple rock tunes with a Christian message. That means no muffled, hard-to-understand lyrics or questionable antics from the foursome.
In a period when many Christian bands are inspired by mainstream artists, Age of Faith follows suit. The group is musically inspired by rockers such as Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket, although its album has a mix of slow ballads and hard metal tunes.
The sound, heavy on guitars, is one that Mr. Ray has rediscovered in the past couple of years. Age of Faith formed in 1990, and the group produced two albums on the Christian label Benson Records. But after a couple of albums, Mr. Ray felt the band was being pushed by Benson to sell more records. So Age of Faith left the label and disbanded.
In 1995, Mr. Ray re-formed the band with drummer Steve Blair, electric guitarist and harmonica player David Buchanan and bassist Stacey Smith (who will leave the group after its Augusta performance). Age of Faith soon signed with Atlanta-based Gray Dot Records (which introduced Christian rockers Third Day to the music industry). Embrace was the first release with Gray Dot.
"The record is more mature musically and personally for me," said Mr. Rayin a telephone interview from his parents' home near Charlotte, N.C.
The songs, many written over a period of four years by Mr. Ray, stem from personal experiences and from books and movies. For example, Mr. Ray wrote "The Losers Win," which talks about a boy who has been called a loser but looks to God, after he watched Forrest Gump.
Each song includes a clear message about God. That's what makes his band different from others, Mr. Ray said. "It's a cool thing to not spell it out clearly. You know what we're singing about. We sing about God," he said.
Staff Writer. (1997, April 18). Age of Faith rocks on God. Retrieved December 7, 2011, from The Augusta Chronicle website: http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/04/18/ent_206951.shtml