The new project follows the band’s 2011 introductory digital EP Alive, which was lauded by Worship Leader magazine for its “tight harmonies” and “creative rhythms.” For Join In The Sound, Brothers McClurg delivers more of those signature harmonies on 10 new songs plus three songs from the EP.
Fronted by “real life” brothers Anthony and Chris Hoisington, Brothers McClurg is a band of Christian brothers from various church traditions who share a desire to see lives changed through worship. The band took the name Brothers McClurg as a way to signify their bond of fellowship while honoring Pastor Bill McClurg, Anthony and Chris’ maternal grandfather and a stalwart ministry leader within their community.
“There are many different people who are part of Brothers McClurg,” explains Chris Hoisington, a worship leader who serves at both Brockport Free Methodist and Lafayette Presbyterian churches in that area. “It’s really a community of our friends, a collaboration, which in a small way, is what Join In The Sound really means.”
With an eclectic style that draws on rock, folk and country influences, Join In The Sound was produced by the Hoisingtons along with Joseph Secchiaroli and features 13 songs, most of which were written or co-written by Anthony and Chris. Guest writers and co-writers include Paul Baloche, Glenn Packiam, Don Poythress, Mark Harris, Anthony Skinner, Carl Cartee, Mia Fieldes, All Sons & Daughters and Rend Collective Experiment. The songs themselves range from the hymn-like “From Every Stormy Wind That Blows” to the infectious praise of “You Shine Through,” a co-write with Rend Collective and the band’s first iTunes single.
Through the cracks in all of us / Through the fractures and our dust You shine through, You shine through
“When I think of Join In The Sound, I think of the invitation that God gives all of his creation to worship Him,” says Anthony Hoisington, the worship ministry director for Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia. “It’s a calling that has been placed within all of us. We all have a sound to contribute to the overall conversation. And we need to let that sound out. We are called to be involved along with everything around us to join in the sound and worship our Lord.”