With powerful worship songs that inspire and conviction that pours out with every song, Echoing Angels' mission has been simple, yet focused - leading the masses into the presence of God. While they blaze through their rock moments, sit down for acoustic segments, and lead praise and worship in the most intimate moments, Echoing Angels continue to play their small role in God's large plan.
Atlanta-natives Echoing Angelsfeaturing front man Chris Peevy, guitarist Shannon Cochran, drummer Jon Poole, bassist Josh Armour and guitarist Jared Leebegan as a group of friends before they formed the rock band originally known as Two Bare Feet. Their focus is on making powerful music that will change lives as opposed to just art for arts sake. Producer Scotty Wilbanks (Third Day, NewSong) and Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Rebecca St. James) introduced the band to its new recording company INO Records, and the resulting album, You Alonewhich releases January 30is a pop/rock record that is most certainly worth a good listen.
Paul: Who do people compare you to?
Chris: Well, we are from Atlanta, so, of course, people compare us to Third Day, which is awesome. We also hear we have a Lifehouse mixed with Train sound, which is also very nice to hear.
Paul: Are you guys doing this full-time?
Chris: We are not doing this full-time, We all are in construction in one way or another, except for Josh whos a golf instructor. It seems as soon as I get home from work, I jump back in my truck and its off to practice, or we are playing somewhere. All the places we work are very understanding of our busy schedule.
Paul: Whats an Echoing Angels show like?
Chris: Full of rock and fun. We love playing the songs that rock. Our passion is worshiping God and seeing how God still changes lives. Most of all, we want people not to see us but see what God does with a life that gives everything to Him.
Paul: Which of the songs on your new record is the most requested one at your shows?
Chris: We always are asked to play a song called Free. It is a song that really shows our roots as a band. We feel like that song, as much as any of the songs we have, brings the crowd alive because the song talks about finally finding God and how, in Him, we are free. Plus I always wanted a Na Na song that is easy to sing along with, and it is one of the most enjoyable times for all the guys in the band.
Paul Colman- CCMMagazine.com
Like their fellow Atlanta peers, Third Day and Casting Crowns, Echoing Angels debut is chock full of enough radio-friendly songs to probably ensure at least a couple of No. 1 hits, especially with the catchy, worshipful lead single You Alone.
But, of course, ear candy doesnt always make for the best art. Or in the case of Echoing Angels, it doesnt showcase a sense of individuality, which is whats sorely missing from You Alone.
While theres nothing inherently bad about the bands mix of mid-tempo pop/rock tracks and ballads, theres nothing particularly striking about them either, as the group fails to differentiate itself from the rest of the Christian music pack.
Theres certainly no question that songs like Let Go and Rise Up are well produced and offer relatable encouragement in the lyrics, but, ultimately, they are far too similar to Jeremy Camps previous work (namely his Restored album) to really make a statement. Other tracks including Living Inside of Me, Make It Better and Move Me also borrow heavily from contemporaries like Third Day, MercyMe, Lifehouse or Casting Crowns, which is unfortunate given the quality of lead singer Chris Peeveys voice and his confident delivery techniques.
But despite the flaws, there are a few signs of life, particularly on the funk-laden groove of Free which is accentuated with some cool organ accompaniment. Another highlight is the more stripped-down, worshipful feel of Hallelujah which could work well in a congregational setting.
Aside from those tracks, however, the rest are far too derivative to really allow listeners to know who these guys are. And in an already crowded marketplace of new artists, thats a shame, because its always exciting to hear new pop/rock fare that really sparkles.
CHRISTA A. BANISTER- CCMMagazine.com
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