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Between straight up modern rock records and worship recordings, Kutless is no stranger to Christian
radio or congregational circles. Its brand new expanded edition of It Is Well (BEC recordings) aptly
illustrates the veterans’ versatility, combining both charging vocals and meaty arrangements with
vertically overt lyrics. Aside from a dozen studio tracks, the collection features a mixture of live and
acoustic performances, plus a previously unreleased studio cut, which as front man Jon Micah Sumrall
shares with CCM, showcases the group’s growth as both artists and music ministers.
CCM: Looking back on your early years, what are you most proud of?
Jon micah sumrall: Surviving. It is amazing how many bands have come and gone since we first
started performing and it is a true privilege that people continue to take interest in our music.
CCM: how do you feel the group has evolved with both its approach to music and ministry thus far?
sumrall: I think we have matured and changed in many ways. As younger men I think sometimes our
tendency was to try and “impress” people to Christ through our music. As we get older, we realize we
are not really that impressive. Now our hope is to just try to be real in our music and “love” people to
CCM: what inspired the group to expand the it is Well album?
sumrall: we get a lot of requests for some of the acoustic versions of our songs that we often
perform live. This extended edition includes some acoustic tracks, some live tracks, as well as a track
that we cut for the original record but ended up never releasing. It is almost getting the rest of the
story that you would have never seen or heard without the extras. They usually are not as polished as
the main studio recorded songs, but most behind the scenes type footage never is as polished.
CCM: What’s on the horizon for Kutless for the rest of this year and in terms of your next official
sumrall: we are always writing for the next record. we have been compiling songs and trying to fit in
time to write in our very busy touring schedule… Please be praying that God guides and directs us as
we prepare for the next record!
— Andy Argyrakis
The act: downhere
The site: www.downhere.com
The sound: Modern rock
The Buzz: Fresh off the B-sides
compilation Two At a Time, downhere
is taking to the road this month with
famous friend Chris Sligh and relative
newcomers Finding Favour. The
collection also includes two new tracks
that preview the Canadian favorites’
forthcoming studio Cd.
The act: Fireflight
The site: www.fireflightrock.com
The sound: Hard rock
The Buzz: Even if the female fronted
Fireflight leans towards the heavier side
of the rock n’ roll dial, there’s plenty of
diversity on its current For Those Who
Wait tour, which features opening sets
from hip-hop heroes Group 1 Crew and
alternative rock powerhouses Manic
The act: The Juliana Theory
The site: www.thejulianatheory.com
The sound: Emo rock
The Buzz: After a fall farewell tour,
Tooth & Nail turned Epic records rockers
The Juliana Theory are officially no more,
but fans can savor no less than 28 tunes
on the self-explanatory treasure trove
B-Sides & Rarities.