Infobox musical artist
Name = YFriday
Background = group_or_band
Alternative rock Christian rock
Years_active = 1994–present
URL = [http://www.yfriday.com/ www.yfriday.com]
Current_members = Ken Riley
YFriday are a British
Christian rockand worshipband from Newcastle upon Tyne.
The group was formed in 1994 cite web|url=http://www.topdogpromotions.co.uk/yfriday/ |title=Top Dog promotions: yfriday |accessdate=2007-10-26 ] and were originally an evangelistic outreach band known as WhyFriday?. cite web|url=http://www.wesleyowen.com/WesleyOwenSite/pages/category/category.asp?ctgry=yfriday&cookie%5Ftest=1 |title=WesleyOwen profile of YFriday |accessdate=2007-10-26 |publisher=
Wesley Owen] The name comes from a monthly Youth for Christprogramme, for which lead singer Ken Riley was asked to form a band.
To begin with, the WhyFriday? outreach programme had a regular attendance of about 50-60 young people, but this steadily grew and the programme is now held in the
Newcastle City Hall, which seats around 2,000. The WhyFriday? programme now has around 800 attendees each month, and the band still play there regularly.
Following the 1999 release of the "Rainmaker" album, the band were approached by Kingsway with an offer of a 3 year recording contract.
Ken Riley is the lead singer, guitarist and song writer of Yfriday. Ken's most globally well known song to date is
Everlasting Godwhich he co-wrote with Brenton Brown. He is the worship leaderat his church, (an Elim Pentecostal Church) in Whitley Bay.Fact|date=October 2007 He became a Christian after his wife, began attending the church, and Ken subsequently went along as well.Fact|date=October 2007
Dez Minto is YFriday's
drummer, the son of a minister from Gateshead, and has a Methodistbackground.Fact|date=October 2007
Bassist Danny Smith joined the band in 2001. cite web|url=http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/Children_of_the_Revolution/8254/p1/ |title=Children of the Revolution |accessdate=2007-10-26 |last=Cummings |first=Tony |date=2003-10-30 |work=Cross Rhythms Magazine |publisher=
Cross Rhythms] He attends an Anglicanchurch where he is part of the worship band and helps with the youth work.Fact|date=October 2007
Keyboard and second guitar player Gav Richards comes from a
Free Churchin Hartlepool.Fact|date=October 2007
Why Friday?" (199?) - Very rare Audio Cassette Featuring 'Tear Down the Walls' among others.
Songs of Heaven" (2003)
Worship EP" - Set for release in Jan '09
Ken Riley: Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, Gibson Les Paul Junior, Fender Telecaster Deluxe, Marshall 1986 50W Amp, Marshall 1960 TV Cab, Vox AC30 Amp, Taylor GS Acoustic guitar, Pedaltrain Pro pedalboard, TC G-System, TC VPD1 Pedal, Z-VEX Fuzz Factory pedal,Electro-Harmonix Big Muff pedal,Volume Pedal,Shure Beta 58 Mic
Danny Smith: Fender USA Precision Bass guitar,Fender USA Jazz Bass guitar, Ashdown ABM-500RC Amp, Ashdown ABM-410T Cab, Boss TU-2 Tuner Pedal,Boss GEB-7 Graphic Pedal,Ibanez TS9DX Pedal,Z-VEX Wooly Mammoth Pedal
Dez Minto: Jalapeno Custom Drumkit,Sabian Cymbals,DW Bass drum pedals,Pearl Hardware + Stands,10U Gator Rack Case cite web|url=http://yfriday.co.uk/gear.htm |title=YFriday Gear page |accessdate=2007-11-08 ]
* [http://www.yfriday.co.uk/ Official site]
* [http://www.survivor.co.uk/ Survivor] (Record label)
* [http://www.myspace.com/yfriday YFriday MySpace]
* [http://www.yfriday.org.uk/ Fan Site]
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