The band met in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida, almost a decade ago,
at Palm Beach Atlantic College. And that was before it became a university,
and before Tenth Avenue North was more than just a street name.
That all changed though when Jason and I moved into some student housing
off of that street and named our band after it.
Jeff came down to Florida from Indiana a few years later. He was new to the south and he even admits that he had a hard time fitting in at first.
But after a few years, a few bands, and several member switch outs later,
he came to be at home with himself and with the Florida weather,
and eventually became the permanent electric guitarist and fixture for the band.
Scott materialized almost a year before that, and started playing with us
through a common position at a local church called Christ Fellowship.
A few years passed. Scott exited and Ruben Juarez III entered.
The band won a few Dove Awards and put out The Light Meets The Dark.
Brendon Shirley joined the band and then we released our third studio album, The Struggle, but we’re still just trying to find our way in the Christian music industry, “dodging traffic at the intersection of art, faith, and commerce,” as Jon Foreman once put it.
They all come from church backgrounds and families, and therefore,
are not satisfied saying the same old things in the same old ways.
What they are hoping for with this music that we’re making is to not just entertain people.
It’s safe to say that we already have plenty of that. What they are wanting is to see people encounter truth.
They’ve all worked at a church for some time, and there saw plenty of emotion. They saw plenty of people having a good time, but it wasn’t long until they realized that if emotion isn’t being evoked by truth, well, then it just doesn’t last. And they want this love in hearts to last.