Mainstream Spotlight: Relient K

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October 13, 2008 by: Rodney

Despite being Christians in a band Relient K has performed alongside mainstream artists, and has had critical success with mainstream radio. One thing that doesn’t change is their lyrics which often refer to God, Jesus and Him. They’ve released five studio projects, seven EP’s, two Christmas projects, and one collection of rarities. Did you know that they even received a Grammy Award nomination in 2003 for Best Rock Gospel Album?

Relient K is best known commercially for their two projects “Mmhmm” and “Five Score And Seven Years Ago” After signing with Capitol Records in they quickly broke onto the mainstream stage with the release of “Mmhmm”, which debuted at #15 on the Billboard top 200.

Then in 2007, their fifth project “Five Score And Seven Years Ago” brought the most success for Relient K, debuting at #6 on the Billboard 200 and sold 60,000 records in its first week. The band has sold over 2 million records, with three projects being given Gold certification.

But, the BIG news that we’ve been following over the last few months is lead singer Matt Thiessen’s upcoming marriage to Shannon Murphy of Atlanta, GA. We’ve become friends with Shannon and she sent us this e-mail update on their wedding plans and how they’ve found a Pastor for their ceremony.

I have a really tough time delegating stuff to people.  It’s something that I’ve always been weird about, because I’m super obsessive-compulsive and like to do everything myself to make sure it’s perfect. (No wonder I was always the “group leader” in high school and college!)

With 327 days left until the Big Day, I decided to delegate a few things to Matt: Plan a honeymoon (I want to be surprised!), finish his part of the guest list, and find a pastor that is willing to travel to Detroit for a weekend.

He JUST pulled through on the last one. And I’m so proud of him : )

I am so, so, so excited to work with Pastor Michael Hidalgo from the Denver Community Church in Colorado. Yup … We’re flying the guy in from Denver (I heart AirTran Airways!). That’s how awesome he is.

So how did we find this dude?!  One Matt’s Relient K bandmates, John Warne, lives in Denver and attends DCC with his wife.  They introduced Matt and Michael several months ago, and the two hit it off.  I haven’t yet met him in person or even talked to him on the phone … But I have faith in my future hubby that this is “the guy” to do the job!

-Shannon

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  1. I’m glad we come to an agreement about this. I go through each and every working day and just stopping by to say appreciation!!

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