- The Choir
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Choir
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Orange County,
Christian alternative rock
Years_active = 1984 – present
Broken RecordsShadow MyrrhLA / A&M Myrrh / Epic Glasshouse R.E.X. Tattoo Galaxy21
Steve Hindalong Tim Chandler Derri Daugherty Dan Michaels Marc Byrd
Robin Spurs Matt SlocumBill Campbell Mike Sauerbrey Bill Batstone Billy Wilde
The Choir is an atmospheric alternative
Christian rockband, led by Derri Daughertyon guitar and vocals, Steve Hindalongon drums--who also writes most of the band's lyrics--as well as Tim Chandleron bass, Dan Michaelson lyricon, electric flute and saxophone and Marc Byrd on guitar, the latter of whom is a relatively recent addition to the band's lineup.
Each band member also has a depth of musical history outside of The Choir: Hindalong produced the wildly successful "City On A Hill" albums in the last few years, writing the well-known song "God of Wonders" with fellow band-mate Byrd. Daugherty has been been a member of Christian-alterna-pop-supergroup
The Lost Dogssince 1991, with Hindalong recently joining the group. Chandler has been the bass player for years for Daniel Amos. Byrd was a member of Common Children, and recorded with his wife Christine Glassas Glassbyrd.
The Choir was originally formed as Youth Choir in the early 1980s, by Derri Daugherty and Steve Hindalong. The two songwriters had been introduced by mutual friend, bassist Tim Chandler, who was touring with
Daniel Amosalong with Daugherty, who was the band's roadie and sound man. Hindalong and Daugherty quickly became friends and a prolific songwriting team.
The music of The Choir has been described by the "
Los Angeles Times" as "magical songs that combine strains of murky psychedelia with pure pop." "Billboard" praised the band for its "dark poetic leanings, effects-laden guitars and strong melodic hooks." In 1984, they became the first band ever to play at the Cornerstone Festival, the preeminent Christian arts and music festival in the United States.
By 1986, the band dropped the "Youth" from their name and began calling themselves simply The Choir. Hindalong began writing most of the lyrics for the band at this point, songs that are known for their vulnerability and honesty, particularly about the challenges inherent in romantic relationships and the simple joys of family life. Some fans and music critics consider this period — between 1987's "
Chase the Kangaroo" and 1990's " Circle Slide" — as The Choir's artistic height, although others have argued that their most recent trio of albums represents an even greater creative resurgence, evidenced by the band's first Grammy Awardnomination for their next-to-newest release, "Flap Your Wings".
Although the band has long had a passionate cult following among listeners of Christian alternative rock, that did not translate into great financial success within the
Contemporary Christian music, or CCM, industry, nor did it lead to a successful mainstream crossover experienced by other groups like Switchfootand Sixpence None the Richer, members of which have pointed to The Choir as a creative influence. As a result, the band nearly called it quits in 1996 after their final national tour, a few years after Daugherty, Hindalong and Michaels moved from their homes in Southern Californiato Nashville, Tennessee, since much of the CCM industry is now based there. The difficulty of this cross-country move also made its way into the lyrics of the band's songs, primarily " Speckled Bird".
The Choir's tenth and most recent full-length studio album, "
O How the Mighty Have Fallen", is a return to the dreamlike rock sound of " Chase the Kangaroo" and " Circle Slide", thanks to the influence of producer and new band member Marc Byrd. Released independently, the album deals with more personal topics than much of their later work, touching on some painful subjects in the recent lives of the band members.
On August 19, 2005, The Choir played a 20th anniversary concert in
Irvine, Californiaalong with 4-4-1, Altar Boys, Crumbächerand Undercover, in order to acknowledge the Christian alternative music scene which developed under the aegis of Calvary Chapelin the early 1980s. Although The Choir had essentially quit touring, the overwhelmingly positive response to this one-off concert led to a short series of tour dates to support "O How the Mighty Have Fallen" in the early part of 2006. A DVDof the Irvine concert is also forthcoming.
Derri Daugherty- Lead vocals, guitars
Steve Hindalong- Drums, vocals
Dan Michaels- Saxophone, lyricon, electric flute, esteemed pet owner
Tim Chandler- Bass guitar, vocals
Marc Byrd- Guitars, vocals
Mike Sauerbrey- Bass guitar (" Voices in Shadows" recording and tour; " Circle Slide" partial recording and tour)
* [http://www.hatandhair.com/bio.htm Robin Spurs] - Bass guitar, vocals ("
Chase the Kangaroo" tour; " Wide-Eyed Wonder" recording and tour; "Circle Slide" partial recording)
Wayne Everett- Percussion (" Free Flying Soul" tour)
* Billy Wilde - Guitars ("
Circle Slide" tour)
Matt Slocum- Bass guitar, cello (" O How The Mighty Have Fallen" tour)
Bill Batstone- Bass guitar (occasional live dates on " Diamonds and Rain" tour)
* Bill Campbell - Guitars (occasional live dates post-"Circle Slide")
* 1985 "I Can't Take It" b/w "Here in the Night (live)" "(7" single)"
* 2004 "Travelin' Light (demo)" "(digital download)"
* 2006 "The Sun Also Rises" "(
* 1986 "Shades of Gray"
* 1985 "
Voices in Shadows"
* 1986 "
Diamonds and Rain"
* 1988 "
Chase the Kangaroo"
* 1989 "
* 1990 "
* 1993 "
Kissers and Killers"
* 1994 "
* 1996 "
Free Flying Soul"
* 2000 "Flap Your Wings"
* 2005 "
O How the Mighty Have Fallen"
* 1997 "
Let It Fly"
* 2000 ""
* 2000 ""
* 1995 ""
* 2001 ""
* 1989 "
Wide-Eyed Wonder Videos" (includes two music videos and feature-length documentary)
* 1996 "
Sled Dog" concept video
* 1996 "
Tattoo Video Hoopla" (includes an entire live performance from Cornerstone '96)
Appearances on Other Works
* 1983 "
What's Shakin'" ["It's So Wonderful"]
* 1989 "
The Myrrh Radio Collection, Volume 1"
* 1993 "" ["Wilderness" (acoustic version)]
* 1993 "Third Wave" ["Kissers and Killers"]
* 1994 "
Can You Dig It?" ["Kissers and Killers"]
* 1994 "
Strong Hand of Love" ["Tip of My Tongue"]
* 1995 "
Contemporary Adult Music for the 90's" ["Wilderness"]
* 1996 "
Orphans of God" ["Tip of My Tongue"]
* 1996 "" ["The Ocean"]
* 2003 "" ["Grace"]
* [http://www.thechoir.net The Choir's official website]
* [http://www.tvot.ca/vis/index3.html Voices in Shadows - fan website]
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