Infobox musical artist
Name = YFriday

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Background = group_or_band
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Genre = Alternative rock
Christian rock
Years_active = 1994–present
Label = Survivor Records
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URL = [http://www.yfriday.com/ www.yfriday.com]
Current_members = Ken Riley
Gav Richards
Danny Smith
Dez Minto
Past_members =

YFriday are a British Christian rock and worship band 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 Christ programme, 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.

Bassist Danny Smith joined the band in 2001, in time for the "Open" album. It was at this time that the band made the decision to go full time, and the band also released and EP.

Band members

Band membership has changed slightly since the original formation. The band went full-time in 2001, with the release of their "Open" album.

Ken Riley

Ken Riley is the lead singer, guitarist and song writer of Yfriday. Ken's most globally well known song to date is Everlasting God which he co-wrote with Brenton Brown. He is the worship leader at 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

Dez Minto is YFriday's drummer, the son of a minister from Gateshead, and has a Methodist background.Fact|date=October 2007

Danny Smith

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 Anglican church where he is part of the worship band and helps with the youth work.Fact|date=October 2007

Gav Richards

Keyboard and second guitar player Gav Richards comes from a Free Church in Hartlepool.Fact|date=October 2007



* "Rainmaker" (June 1999)
* "Open" (2001)
* "Revolution" (September 2003)
* "Universal" (April 2006)
* "The Universal Broadcast" (March 2008)


* "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

Gav Richards: Korg Triton Keyboard, M-Audio Keystation Pro88 Keyboard, Apple Macbook, Keyboard Stand, M-Audio Quattro, Shure Beta 58 Mic, Line 6 Variax Guitar,Orange AD30 Amp

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 ]

External links

* [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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