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EDITORS’ NOTES

Truly on a creative roll, the David Crowder Band follows up its award-winning Church Music album with a short but potent EP offering, Summer Happiness. Fans mostly familiar with Crowder’s explosive full-band sound may be surprised by the stripped-down renditions of four Church Music tunes included here. Crowder’s earnest, slightly rough-edged vocals and propulsive acoustic guitar work transform these songs into campfire-style folk hymns. “Alleluia, Sing” and “How He Loves” lose none of their Spirit-filled fervor in these simplified renditions — if anything, the humble yearning for salvation they express has a deeper resonance. “Oh Happiness” retains some of its expansive scope thanks to its sing-along chorus, while “Shadows” has its message of resolute faith underscored by a simmering backbeat. Crowder and his group have already redefined praise music thanks to their freewheeling mix of rock, folk and dance music elements and kinetic sense of showmanship. Summer Happiness turns down the volume of the DCB’s ecstatic worship experience without losing its essential artistry or passion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Truly on a creative roll, the David Crowder Band follows up its award-winning Church Music album with a short but potent EP offering, Summer Happiness. Fans mostly familiar with Crowder’s explosive full-band sound may be surprised by the stripped-down renditions of four Church Music tunes included here. Crowder’s earnest, slightly rough-edged vocals and propulsive acoustic guitar work transform these songs into campfire-style folk hymns. “Alleluia, Sing” and “How He Loves” lose none of their Spirit-filled fervor in these simplified renditions — if anything, the humble yearning for salvation they express has a deeper resonance. “Oh Happiness” retains some of its expansive scope thanks to its sing-along chorus, while “Shadows” has its message of resolute faith underscored by a simmering backbeat. Crowder and his group have already redefined praise music thanks to their freewheeling mix of rock, folk and dance music elements and kinetic sense of showmanship. Summer Happiness turns down the volume of the DCB’s ecstatic worship experience without losing its essential artistry or passion.

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About David Crowder Band

Singer/guitarist David Crowder first stepped into the music industry when he realized that over half of the students at Baylor University, a Christian school that he attended in Waco, Texas, were not going to church. He began to actively recruit students for worship services and started writing songs to draw more young people in. He eventually started releasing the songs, leading to his debut album, 2002's Can You Hear Us? The album was released under the name the David Crowder Band, as Crowder was joined by guitarists Jack Parker and Jason Solley, drummer Jeremy Bush, bassist Mike Dodson, and electric violinist Mike Hogan.

Their sophomore effort, Illuminate, appeared in the fall of 2003 and was followed a year later by The Lime CD, which was comprised of two earlier live releases (The Green CD and The Yellow CD) that had been given out to fans who had either pre-ordered prior albums or attended various CD release parties. Sunsets & Sushi appeared in early 2005 before the band's next studio album, the bluegrass-tinged A Collision, was issued that fall. A spinoff of the latter album, entitled B Collision, came out a year later and focused even more on the group's delvings into bluegrass. Remedy was released in 2007, followed by Church Music in 2009. A four-song EP, Summer Happiness, featuring acoustic versions of songs from Church Music, appeared in 2010. 2012's Give Us Rest; Or, A Requiem Mass in C (The Happiest of All Keys) was the David Crowder Band's sixth and final studio album. It was followed in 2014 by Crowder's solo debut, Neon Steeple, which was released under the moniker Crowder. ~ Bradley Torreano

HOMETOWN
Waco, TX
BORN
November 29, 1971

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