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Meet: By Grace
by Grace Thorson
Contributer on 2010-02-04 15:03:05
By Grace, a Jacksonville, FL based foursome, is a band with a passion for worship and great music. Brothers Austin and Asher joined up with long-time friends William and Robert to form the band. They took some time out of their schedule to answer a few questions from Team Addict Contributer, Grace Thorson.

So, how did you all meet up and become "By Grace"?

? Austin: We?ve all grown up together in the same church & played together in our youth band. I started writing some music and actually took it over to Wills house at the time with my brother Asher, because Will had a studio in his bedroom. After we recorded a couple songs and people started hearing those recordings, they wanted us to play them live. We needed a bass player and Robert has also been playing at the church with us for years and he really was a perfect fit. . The band just kind of came together on it?s own.

How long have you been playing together as a band?

? William: Although, we?ve been playing together our whole lives, we have officially been playing together as ?By Grace? since this past April. We didn?t know if we wanted to pursue this though, because we are all so busy. Austin and Asher live in Gainesville during the school year and Robert and I live in Jacksonville. So it makes rehearsing, writing and recording together difficult because there isn?t a lot of time. This summer we decided that we were going to take a step of faith and do some local shows and see how it went and the response has been overwhelming. We have all bonded even more and feel like God has confirmed that he has us together for such a time as this and we feel like we need to be obedient and make this band a priority right under God, Family and School.

Tell me...What are some of your musical influences?

? Austin: As a band I know we are all influenced by Planetshakers, Relient K, Hillsong, Israel Houghton, list goes on and on.

? William: I know for me, as far as guitar goes my top 3 are Jellyfish, StorySide: B, and Acceptance.

? Austin: Personally, my top influences are Israel Houghton, Planetshakers, & Yellowcard.

? Asher: As far as the drums go Carter Beauford from Dave Matthews is always a huge inspiration. Hillsong, Planetshakers and Relient K are also on my list.

? Robert: Base wise, I would say Anberlin for sure, Pino Palladino from the John Mayer Trio, and Coldplay.

"By Grace" is a great song with great lyrics. Can you tell me how it came to be?

? Austin: I was a freshman at the University of Florida by myself thinking of all the things that the Lord has brought me through in my life and how he truly has brought me from darkness into his marvelous light. I realized that it wasn?t by anything I have done, but totally by God?s grace that I receive one blessing after another.

So I heard that your group is releasing an EP this year. Can you tell me a little about it and when it releases?

? Austin: The EP is actually out now. It just came out August 18th. It has three songs on it that gives the listener a true taste of our passion for music and sharing the message of Jesus Christ through music.

What do you want people to take away from your music after they've listened to it?

? Austin: Ultimately we want people to be able to relate to our music and see the hope that word of God offers to everyone.

What verse does your band gain encouragement from?

? Austin: In Ex. 33:15 Moses replies to the Lord saying, ?If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us,? and that is my prayer for By Grace. We don?t want to progress with out God going before us.

I really love your music and look forward to hearing more in the future.
Thanks Again and God Bless!
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