We Have Not Heard (2012)
1. We Have Not Heard
(feat. Phil Keaggy & Joe Vitale)
2. Judgement Day
(feat. Phil Keaggy)
3. Like The Sunrise
(feat. Phil Keaggy)
4. I Can Be Free
5. Song For Ed
6. Come In From The Woods
8. Where Were You
9. Purposeful and True
10. The Jesus Movement
11. Thank the Lord
Spread The Word (2010)
1. Old & Faded
2. The Way To Live
3. Holy Light
4. She's Better Off
5. Don't Tell Me That You're Spiritual
6. I Have Freedom
7. I Love My Wife
8. Random Acts
9. Seashell World
10. There Is A Faith
11. Spread The Word
"All in all The Sunrise stands out from other contemporary Christian bands in my mind with their unique signature sound, slamming grooves & unique approach in delivering a message that doesn't come across as feeling under duress or artificial. This is what makes them so effective in delivering their message to the world." - Indie Music Digest, Feb 8th, 2011.
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The Sunrise is a new 1970's Jesus Music Movement style Christian rock duo from Cleveland that features acoustic guitar, keyboards, lead and harmony vocals. Sometimes the duo is fleshed out by bass and drums as it is on our current CD titled "Spread The Word."
Our music is greatly influenced by the "1970's Jesus Movement Music" that was spearheaded by people like Chuck Girard and Love Song, John Fischer, Phil Keaggy, Honeytree, The Sweet Comfort Band, Larry Norman, 2nd Chapter of Acts, and the GREAT Keith Green, etc. This is all such great music, you will do yourself a tremendous favor by seeking it out! We are inspired by the classics but still have a modern feel. We were compared to "A Christian Wilco" and "The White Stripes" by Jesusfreakhideout.com.
Our CD was produced by Fernando Perdomo who flew up to Cleveland from Miami to produce and play drums and bass on the full CD "Spread The Word." Fernando was recently signed for representation by the past manager of KISS! The CD was mastered by Zach Ziskin who has won a Grammy Award for engineering.
The Sunrise CD titled "Spread The Word" has been reviewed Nationally in "Christianity Today Magazine(!!!)" "Skope Magazine," "Indie Music Digest," "NeuFuture Magazine," and the National record and CD collectors mag, GOLDMINE MAGAZINE. This review appeared in the Oct 8th, 2010 issue #788, which hit the newsstands Sept 18th across the country. This is a great review from a secular magazine and compares the songwriting of The Sunrise to "1970's Paul McCartney, Seals & Crofts, Don McLean and Todd Rundgren." WOW! The entire review is on our web site www.thesunrisemusic.com.
The Sunrise has had the opportunity to open for Andy Pratt, (who had the big 1970's hit "Avenging Annie" and is now a Christian artist) at The Winchester Music Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Andy Pratt called The Sunrise's music "IMPORTANT."
The Sunrise's music has been played on dozens of radio stations both Nationally and Internationally including WHK 1420 AM & WNCX 98.5 FM in Cleveland, Flame CCR 92.1 Wirrel England, KWPB 98.7 Newport Oregon, Corazon 1610 AM Houston, TX, KHCA 95FM Manhatten Kansas, WQLC 102.1FM Lake City Florida, eight internet radio stations so far including jango.com, and we were on the "Christian Talent Spotlight" featuring a live interview and two songs over the GMAP Broadcast Network on June 30th, 2010. In October 2010 The Sunrise song "Holy Light" was in the ARISE RADIO "Listener Top 20" for four weeks, peaking at NUMBER TWO! Also, Jim was among the Top Five Finalists in the Time Warner Cable "Random Acts Of Music" Songwriting Contest in 2010, which was able to be viewed and voted on by literally millions of people.
We have played some great venues in Cleveland including The Winchester Music Hall, Wilbert's, The Barking Spider, The French Creek Nature Center, The True North Concert Series (twice), The Root Cafe, etc.
QUOTES ABOUT THE SUNRISE and OUR DEBUT CD "Spread The Word:"
"Man that's good! Are you going to give me a copy?" - Phil Keaggy on 7/9/10.
"For anyone who loves the music of '70s radio pop, this can be a true find." - Goldmine Magazine Oct 8th, 2010 issue #788.
"Sweet, melodic and moving, just a few words to describe 'The Sunrise' band. The joy of music lives in our hearts and souls, one of many gifts bestowed by our Lord and so beautifully conveyed by The Sunrise band." - Chris Hillman on 11/9/10
(Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee & member of The Byrds & Flying Burrito Brothers).
"it's a fine album with pointed lyrics addressing romantic love, social justice, pride, emotional abuse, spiritual transformation, and even an altar call." -Christianity Today Magazine May 24th, 2011.
"The Sunrise gives light to a new hope & happiness that will hopefully spread to all. These free spirits have made music that is contagious and you will ALL see The Sunrise coming up over the horizon very soon.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5." - Skope Magazine Jan 19th, 2011.
"The Sunrise should be seen as a revolutionary, contemporary Christian act. This is because there has been a lot of complacency and preaching to the choir with a great many CCM acts in the last decade. The Sunrise are able to have a strong, Christ-centered message but are able to wrap it in a very technical and catchy form. They are able to show the beauty present in Christianity while making some great music - buy a copy of "Spread the Word" if you'd like to see what I mean. Rating: 8.0/10." - NeuFutur Magazine January 2011.
"I enjoyed your disc and played a cut in the "Cleveland Connection" (on WNCX) and got good response. Keep up the good work!" - Michael Stanley on 4/12/11
(WNCX 98.5 FM Cleveland DJ, and noted Musician).
"Nice stuff, and I don't say that lightly." - Peter Karp on 5/8/10.
(Blind Pig Recording Artist with Number One Charting Blues Album in 2010).
"Smooth guitars, nice bottom end, very nice songwriting." - Shawn Phillips on 5/7/10.
(A&M Recording Artist w/ 40+ year career).
"I like it...I want a copy. I really like the vocal arrangements. I want to produce the next one." - Ike Willis on 6/4/10.
(Longtime Frank Zappa Band vocalist / guitarist).
"It sounds like the '70's but not in a bad way, in a GOOD WAY!" - Webb Wilder on 6/19/10.
(Former XM Satellite Radio DJ for 4 1/2 years and noted performer/songwriter).
"I have listened to your music and I like it very much. I feel your music is something that we can and will air on our station, and will minister to people as well." - Joyce Banks T.W.N.S. Radio on 6/27/10. (On-line radio station).
"Really love how you have captured the 'Jesus Music' sound, incredible! A great album." - Flame CCR Radio on 6/28/10. (Christian Radio station near Liverpool, U.K.)
"Overall, Spread the Word is a good choice for fans of Christian music from the 70s..." - Jesus Freak Hideout.com on 7/14/10.
"The band sounds like Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young & Jesus." - John Benson/The Cleveland Plain Dealer on 9/10/10.
So there is all this, but it is nothing if it is not all about worshipping Jesus. We pray that this isn't about us but about Jesus.
As we traverse the Narrow Path, we often like to refer to ourselves as Christians, born-again believers, Baptist, Catholics, Methodists, non-denominational, Assemblies of God, Charismatic, spirit-filled, or simply believers in God [if I omitted your particular denomination, I am sorry, I only have so much room to write].
However, if I am interpreting Jesus correctly in John 20:21-23 (RSV), where Jesus said, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so, I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit" he was deputizing* each of us to go forth into the world and be his proxies with the full spiritual power of authority of heaven to do his work, in His name, to a lost and hungry world.
This is an amazing directive, and it places upon the shoulders of all believers the spiritual mantle of authority to carry things out, here on earth, in His name for His glory.
Think about this....when you say, I am calling the local Sheriff's Department to report a crime, who shows up? The elected Sheriff himself, or a sworn deputy? The elected official is not going to be available for a large area of people, so that official deputizes as many men and women as needed to represent them and do the work of enforcing the law of that particular county. Try telling the deputy that stops you for breaking a traffic law, or when they have a warrant for your arrest that you will only surrender to, or accept the ticket from the "Man" himself?
You will be in handcuffs before you finish your statement, and the sad thing is, you may never see the Sheriff himself, because the deputy was sworn to uphold the laws and do the work of that person, giving them full power to act in the Sheriff's name, no matter what the circumstances may be.
That brings me to this month's Trail Mix. Jesus told you and I, that while we sojourn this Narrow Path, we are to traverse it as if he were himself traveling across it. Meaning that you and I have ALL His power to do his bidding to enforce his divine will in His stead. And that bidding is accomplished through prayer. Prayer is the main job of the church. And in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLV), Paul reminds the church that they are to," Be full of joy all the time. Never stop praying. In everything give thanks. This is what God wants you to do because of Christ Jesus."
And we are being entrusted with this ultimate power of prayer because as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:3 (NLV), in heaven, God will trust us to take charge over, and judge the angels [who, by the way, have no need to pray, because prayer is a gift given only to mankind]. I consider the fact that we are deputized t do the bidding of the church while here on earth, to be a form of on-the-job-training!" We are learning with each step we take on the Narrow Path, so why are you standing around complaining or wringing our hands over the difficulties that beset you?
Do you not realize that he promised to not only be with you on the path, but as He said, we have the very presence of His spirit within us while he is in heaven building and preparing our condominiums? Child of God, you were deputized for a reason, and that was to grow in your authority to take full control over these things you come personally with along the path, in Jesus's name. And by taking full control in His name, we are enforcing the heavenly principles here on earth, as they are in heaven [like in the Lord's prayer - pray: that our Father in Heaven shall permit his will do be done here on earth as it is done in heaven]!
Does this mean that we can have anything our heart desires? No! However, it does mean that we will always have what is allowable within his perfect, and sometimes permissible will, for our life and the life of those we pray for! Now, that is one awesome truth and a promise for the ages! Selah!!!
*Credit for the teaching of "deputizing" the church goes to Dr. Paul E. Billheimer and his best-selling book, "Destine for the Throne!"
This months trail mix for your journey on the Narrow Path is titled "The Pain behind my Smile...is still comforted by His hand in mine" was prayerfully and meticulously prepared His help, for you....Enjoy!
The smile on my face doesn't mean my life is perfect! It does mean that I do appreciate what I have and what Jehovah Jireh has blessed me with! (author unknown) Selah~Shalom!
I can testify that this is a fact. My life has been QUITE far from perfect; however, through His eyes and love, I appreciate the good as well as the bad moments in my life; the valleys as well as the mountaintop experiences; the joyful expressions of "Hallelujah's" intermixed with "God, where are you, I'm hurting, and only you can relieve the pain?"
It goes without saying that the path I walk has had its difficulties and moments of complete and utter despair, but also there have been those times where I was led to drink from the springs and rivers so timely placed to refresh, revive and lift me up!
There have been moments of complete respite in your arms; and because of this peace and comfort, I can most assuredly say, "I would have it no other way."
This is exactly where I want to be, in both the good and bad times, because I know that it is my Savior and Shepherd who holds me by my hands through it all!
I have no doubt, whatsoever, that Romans 8:28 (We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose - RSV) is meant for each of us as we traverse the Narrow, yet difficult Path through life that leads to heaven...Shalom!
Now, always be hopeful....and go, and sin no more!