- Cord of 3
Cord of 3 is an American Christian rock band, originally formed in Bowling Green, KY. The band consists of Randall Erskine (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar), Robbie Bennett (lead guitar), Evan Butler(bass guitar), and Tim Miller (drummer). Cord of 3 released their debut album "Broken but Undeniably Hopeful" in 2010, and span from genres such as alternative metal, hard rock, and Christian inspirational. The name refers to a paraphrasing of a popular Bible verse in Ecclesiastes 4:12 (Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.) Since the release of the band's first album "Broken but Undeniably Hopeful" they have released two radio singles, "Broken but Undeniably Hopeful" and "Breathe", and have reached top 40 on billboard charts and as far as 27 on the Christian rock CRW chart. As of current the band has played with such acts as: Disciple, Seventh Day Slumber, The Letter Black, Inhale Exhale, Me in Motion, Satellites and Sirens, and The Apologetix. The band released the album "Broken but Undeniably Hopeful" on platforms such as: iTunes, Amazon, Napster, CDbaby, etc. The lead singer Erskine, is noted for wearing a traditional Scottish kilt during the band's live performances, this is due to his very proud Scottish heritage. And usually plays a brief assortment of songs on the bagpipes before each live performance.
Early Years (2003-06)
The lead vocalist Randall Erskine started his own project (contemporary Christian) as a solo artist, traveling to nearby churches in his local town. Erskine and Bennett (the current lead guitarist) still joke around when asked about Erskine's early career, hence the only way Erskine could get to his church shows were by riding his dirt bike with his acoustic guitar strapped to his back. Erskine later recruited life long friend and bass guitar player Dale Avery, and later found acoustic guitarist Liz Okeson, and drummer Chris Collins. Together they formed the contemporary worship band "Big Daddy Dale", via their strong influences and like for modern worship band Big Daddy Weave, and the name also coined an inside joke with the group and the bass player Dale Avery's weight. Later on the group would be contacted by current guitarist Robbie Bennett about playing a church event he was responsible with the booking for. Erskine would ask Bennett to fill in for acoustic guitarist Liz Okeson, since she could not make that show. Bennett started practicing with the band, and is said to have initially turn down Erskine's first offer to join the band, but would later join after a few weeks of the first refusal. Later, drummer Chris Collins left the band to join the military, after which Bennett would ask drummer Mike Ballard to join the line up. Through the next few years, the band would experience many changes in members, but a core few would remain. Hence the band's selection for the name "Cord of 3", from the popular Bible verse in ECC. 4:12 (Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.)
Metamorphosis was the band's first single recorded as the group Cord of 3, Recorded and engineered by Andrew Woody of Pendlwood studios out of Nashville, TN. The single would go on a self released EP with 4 other songs the band recorded out of their own home studio, to make up their self titled debut EP "Cord of 3". The band would only sell this CD at their live shows, and did not pursue any further distribution.
Broken but Undeniably Hopeful (2010)
Broken but Undeniably Hopeful is Cord of 3's first debut studio album, that was released in Early June 2010. The album artwork on the front depicts a young looking girl in a torn prom dress, who is in the middle between two mirrors (one broken and black mirror, and another golden and unblemished mirror). The girl in the picture is also the former bass player, Brandon Bradshaw's sister Amanda Bradshaw. The CD has 12 tracks, and was recorded and engineered by Tim Kenning Jr. of Pendlwood Studios, in Plain City, OH. except the track "Letter of My Life", which was recorded in Atlanta by Alex Rexroat of Pendlwood Studios. and so far the band has released 2 radio singles, the title track: "Broken but Undeniably Hopeful" and "Breathe". Which were both released on radio stations nation wide.
Additions and Contributions
- Randall Erskine- lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist (since 2003)
- Robbie Bennett- lead guitarist (since 2003)
- Evan Butler - bass guitar (since 2011)
- Tim Miller- drummer (since 2010)
- Brandon Bradshaw- bass guitar (2008–2011)
- Mike Ballard- Drums (2004–2010)
- Dale Avery- Bass guitar (2003–2008)
- Trevor "Trigger" Thompson- Bass guitar (2005–2006)
- T.C. Huddleston- Bass guitar (2007–2008)
- Jerry McDonner- Guitar (2007–2008)
- Liz Okeson- Acoustic guitar (2003–2005)
- Nathan Hornback- Drums (2003–2004)
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