Get to know the Michael Gungor Band

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August 1, 2008 by: Rodney

We’re very excited to share with you the music and ministry of the Michael Gungor Band. First thing you should know is that this is a family affair, with Michael’s wife Lisa on keys and background vocals. They recently signed to one of our favorite labels Brash Music (Aaron Shust, Chris Sligh). Michael is best known for writing the chart-topping “Friend of God” for Phillips, Craig and Dean. Now it’s time you get to hear him behind the mic.

Michael Gungor grew up as a pastor’s son in Wisconsin and demonstrated an aptitude for music from an early age. And while still a student at Western Michigan University—following a stopover at the University of North Texas—he found himself leading worship at a sizable Michigan congregation. Music degree in hand, he continued to perform that role for another six years, eventually touring arenas as a worship leader before looking for a fresh start in Denver, CO. Gungor admits…

Leading worship was getting to the point where it kind of felt like a job and I never want my music and my ministry to be a job, primarily. I want it to be my life.

So in Colorado, while continuing to work on their music, Michael and Lisa threw their energies into establishing a grassroots church modeled on the 1st Century, with a small group meeting in their own home and, simultaneously, other homes as the movement grew. Eventually a worship gathering—dubbed “Bloom”—encompassing all of the home groups began. More music naturally followed suit.

This setting is how all the songs on their new project “Ancient Skies” was born. The songs on this new project range from the wide-angle atmospherics of a U2 or Coldplay to the bluesy intimacy of John Mayer. The contributions of all of the players loom large, in addition to the band leading, songwriting couple the band currently includes Brad Waller on bass, Brad Nyght on drums and Michael Rossback—who’s co-written many of the songs—on guitars. And while created for the church, the lyrics range from open hearted, full-throated adoration to stinging reminders of the ways humanity tries to limit God.

Lately Michael Gungor has broken out of his preferred habitat, his local church, in order to tour. But soon the band will be back in Denver, plugging deeply into the community it’s helped foster. These guys are under the radar right now, but once their new single “Say So” hits the radio you’ll be able to say you knew them when no one else was listening.

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