Meet Fusebox

When Fusebox front man Bill Buchanan walks into a room you can't help but notice him. The dreadlocks and sunglasses are a dead giveaway that this guy doesn't settle for the status quo. Then you notice the smile—a huge grin of teeth that communicates a passion and joy for life that is infectious. But Buchanan's mission doesn't include drawing attention to himself. It's about diverting attention away from himself to a place where lives are changed. And in this case, it's truly a team effort, as heard in the band's debut CD, Lost in Worship.

As the first artist signed to Elevate Records, the three guys of Fusebox are all committed to worshiping God, first and foremost. In addition to Buchanan, guitarist Brad Duncan and bassist Steve Conrad have joined creative forces to generate an electric and compelling musical experience.

The band's sound on this new project combines the familiar and incredibly popular elements of modern worship heard in Delirious or Sonicflood, yet with a guitar-driven, gravelly-throated, soulful edginess that evokes images of mainstream icons Lenny Kravitz or King's X. With production by Otto Price, the band set out to write songs the church could use to worship, but that would still be musically interesting. According to Bill this debut album is clearly marked with the band's widely diverse musical tastes. "Overall, we're still a rock band with a soulful singer, with music that is very pop radio friendly.

With an incredibly strong background working with youth in their respective home churches, leading worship and just hanging out with the kids, the guys in the band are increasingly growing in their awareness of what it takes to speak straight to the heart of the people in the audience, regardless of their age. Traveling for several years as the touring band for Rebecca St. James, helping lead altar calls and getting to share their own music much of the time, Fusebox has encountered thousands of young people all over the world, meeting with youth leaders and hearing what challenges they face and how their music can be a tool to reach their youth.

This has lead Fusebox to focus on worship as a means of evangelism. "Worship is an amazingly powerful thing for people who don't know God at all," Steve explains. "As they come into a worship experience and God's presence is there, they can sense it and they want more of it. I think there's a need for people to bring worship to settings outside the church."

"During my years as a youth pastor," Brad explains, "I saw one of the biggest hindrances to worship was peer pressure. There's always that pressure not to be too spiritual. I might not be the cool person if I lift my hands or if I close my eyes, or just pursue God." Bill is quick to add, "The first thing I want to do in concert is try to get their defenses down, to get them to loosen up and have a good time."

Brad continues, "Our challenge is to figure out how can we be relevant, get the focus off of us, and show God for who He is. We really just want to get into God's presence and drag as many people as possible with us. When we get into God's presence our lives can't help but be changed."

That explains where the title of their CD came from. "Lost in Worship" is not only a song on the new project, but it's also a frame of mind the guys want to have for themselves. "Worship is not just about just going through the motions," Bill explains. "It's about really being abandoned completely to God, not just when you're on stage or singing the songs, but every moment of your life having an attitude of worship."

With a mix of original and covers, Lost in Worship includes songs that the guys have seen impact thousands of youth they have performed for and worshipped with on the road. Also on the album is a duet with Rebecca St. James called “Light The Fire”. All in all, the album is a reflection of the overwhelming gratitude and thankfulness each of the band members feel about their relationship with Christ.

Bill says that his own testimony is enough to spend the rest of his life thanking God. He came out of years of playing in secular rock bands, as well as participating in the accompanying lifestyles, much to the chagrin of his wife who spent many hours in prayer for her husband. "To look back over the last ten years and see what God has done to change me, I have no choice but to worship and to give Him thanks."

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