It’s been a while since we’ve shone a spotlight here, and I don’t know when the next one will be- but I wanted to do one more on a band that I’ve grown to love over the past few years of listening to Christian music.
Unfortunately one of the not so great things about coming to enjoy Christian music until a few years ago, many of the groups that I really love either have gone their separate ways or hitting the trail for their farewell tour.
Such is the case with Tenth Avenue North 🙁
The band consists of lead singer/guitarist Mike Donehey , guitarist Jeff Owen, bass, keyboard & back vocalist Ruben Juarez III and keyboard player Brendon Shirley. They formed when they attended Palm Beach Atlantic University, and are from Palm Beach, Florida. Their band name comes from a major east/west road in Palm Beach County.
They have been around since the early 2000’s and they’ve had a successful run since their first major label debut album Over and Underneath‘s single Love is Here. But after 20 years they’re ready to find the next adventure God has in store for them. It seems like most of their concerts coming up are in the West and Mid West, so if they happen to come to your city, I’d highly suggest going to see them.
I know we’ve featured this band here before, their music is real, and yet Christ centered. I’ve posted some of my favorites before on the HB, but this time I’d love to see folks do a little ‘porch work’. Find and listen to some of their songs, and post them here along with a description of what you like or what speaks to you in the lyrics.
For instance, I love the song I Have This Hope. Sometimes it’s easy after a while to see how God works in our lives through the hardest things, but when things settle down- dare we believe that our lives may become triumphant… or even just peaceful and good, it’s harder to see if and how God will work. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like He’s there anymore. As if He’s said, “OK child, I helped and carried you through all of that- now it’s time to stand on your own…”
Trusting that He’s near when,
But sometimes my faith feels thin
Like the night will never end
Will You catch every tear
Or will You just leave me here?
I really do hold onto the hope of all His promises, all of His proven closeness and that He will make something out of every tear, every fear, tragedy and yes, even peace and goodness.
This song will always remind me of the valleys He’s carried me through, the valleys He’s walked beside me through and the valleys that He lights the way as He marks my path through.
OK now it’s y’alls turns. If you don’t know the band, a simple you tube search of the band will bring up some great music. Go find your favorites, tell what parts of the lyrics speak to your heartbeat and post them here.
Have a blessed Sunday all!