Critically acclaimed Christian pop/rock band Circleslide recently shared the stage with Nicole C. Mullen, Mark Lowry, Micah Stampley, SISTERS, Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers with Beckah Shae, Trin-i-tee 5:7 and Karen Peck & New River during the 2011 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention “Night of Music.” The band entertained the enthusiastic packed out crowd with selections from their latest release, Echoes of the Light.
“The band and I had an amazing time at NRB 2011. It was an honor to share the stage with Nicole C. Mullen, Bryon ‘Talkbox’ Chambers, Beckah Shae and more, and to meet many of the men and women who work so hard to share the kingdom of God over the airwaves,” says Circleslide frontman Gabe Martinez. “There was a sense of community at this event that we feel will carry us through the rest of the year!”
Since the band’s debut project, which landed them on Christianity Today’s list of “Best New Artists,” among other accolades, Circleslide – whose lineup includes frontman Gabe Martinez, lead guitarist Jonathan DeAnda, bassist Eric Vickers and drummer Lee Yoder – has toured unceasingly, refining their modern rock ruminations, while keeping their ministry agenda firmly in focus. In addition to shows with newsboys, tobyMac, MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Salvador, Jaci Velasquez and downhere, the guitar-driven band has headlined everything from clubs to churches and colleges, with plenty of youth camps and outreach events in between – all of which build off the group’s Youth With A Mission beginnings.The band was developing Echoes of the Light last spring when Nashville was hit with a devastating flood which destroyed Martinez’s house, as well as all of the band’s gear, instruments, PA and trailer. Circleslide’s ordeal, and the season of spiritual reassurance which followed, directly inspired the band’s recent songwriting. “We have a renewed realization that God has called us to this ministry, says Martinez. “Nothing’s going to hold us back from spreading His word.”
Circleslide’s Echoes of The Light is available on Save the City Records and distributed through Provident-Integrity Distribution. For more information on Circleslide and Echoes of The Light, visit circleslide.net or savethecityrecords.com.
NRB’s annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The Exposition consists of nearly 300 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2011 was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.
Photo Caption: Circleslide and Nicole C. Mullen at the 2011 NRB “Night of Music.”