From the Pentagon to Pearl Harbor, from festivals to schools across America, the high energy, powerhouse music of Jeff Senour and CTS (Called to Serve) has garnered fans across the world. From their live shows to studio recordings, contagious lyrics and arena rock style guitar riffs, this band has inspired people of all ages to live their lives to the fullest and make their dreams come true.
Jeff Senour: vocals, guitar
Jeff Senour has lived several of his dreams since he was a young boy. Jeff wanted to fly airplanes and write and perform music. As a young pilot in southern California he has flown for many celebrities and eventually joined the Screen Actors Guild as an aerial film pilot working on Hollywood blockbusters. Filming aerial sequences in hits such as True Lies, Executive Decision, Silence of the Lambs and many more, Jeff has traveled the world as an Aerial Director which has given him the inspiration for much of his music writing. Jeff has also been a Captain for Southwest Airlines for 25 years flying thousands of people around the country. The sights, sounds and passengers of his aviation journey have inspired the music of CTS.
As a Pilot by day rocker by night he founded CTS over 15 years ago with a mission of inspiring people to live their dreams. Through the lyrics and melodies of his original music, Jeff’s music touches people of all ages with their edgy, high energy rock and roll.
Joe McGinnity: drums
Joe has been playing drums since he was a kid and never looked back. Joe’s style can range from many types of music as he has performed with numerous bands over the years. His amazing live performance as well brings huge energy to the CTS stage.
Jerry Nuzum: bass, keyboard, vocals
As a music teacher, Jerry brings an incredible talent to CTS. Sometimes playing Bass, Keyboard and Singing all at once, he is a powerhouse of music talent.
Dylan Elliot: lead guitar, vocals
Dylan as the youngest member of CTS is a gifted guitar player that brings incredible rock lead sounds to the band. His style is unsurpassed by few and his stage presence live is a thrill to watch.
Let’s get to know a bit more about Jeff Senour in Part 2 of this 2 part CCM Artist Featured Spotlight…
Christian Contemporary, Rock, Adult Contemporary
Hobbies/Interests Apart from Music:
Flying airplanes and helicopters
Last Netflix Binge:
The Beatles, U2, Michael W. Smith, Matchbox 20, OneRepublic
Very First Musical Purchase:
The Beatles, Meet The Beatles—I still have the vinyl album
CCM: How did you arrive at the name of your new album?
Jeff: There are two songs on the album called “Angels Watching Over Me” and “Miracles” hence the name “Angels And Miracles.” I think it says it all about today’s world. “This Is War” is a single release as well which is very fitting for the times.
CCM: What can listeners expect in terms of the sound, style and lyrics?
Jeff: Sound we have been told is arena big sound, very full, guitar driven with some synth backup but strong guitar solos. Lyrically deep no matter what believe someone is. It’s Biblical and poignant for the times. Lyrics that are family friendly and meaningful.
CCM: What was the songwriting process like on this record?
Jeff: I usually write the songs from a vocal and acoustic guitar. We then get together as a band and start writing the other parts. I have my ideas as far as sound like drum parts and such but then we collaborate in the studio together to come up with the final product. Our producer was Jeremy Parker, a platinum record producer who has worked with Evanescence and Godsmack among others. He was amazing to work with.
CCM: Are there any underlying themes or threads that tie this project together?
Jeff: Yes it’s about spirituality, kindness and forgiveness as well as some patriotism mixed in.
CCM: How important is your faith or spirituality within your music?
Jeff: It’s very important as it’s a guide to all of us to strive for. I personally am far from perfect but what a great feeling to have God inspire the music I write and put it to song.
CCM: What message do you hope listeners will take away from your music, regardless of what they believe?
Jeff: My hope is that no matter what belief they have that we can all strive to make this world a better place by living a life of kindness, forgiveness and love. I always talk on stage about how there are over 7 billion people on earth. To put that into perspective a billion seconds is about 31 years. If all 7 billion of us did one act of kindness for someone every day, our world would transform instantly. That is what I hope our listeners will take away from our music.
“We the People” music video: