By Nancy R. Elliott
The Herald Bulletin
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —
That will be just part of the fun Sunday, when Christian rock/pop band ShatterRed makes its debut at Alexandria First Baptist Church, 2108 S. Park Ave. in Alexandria.
The band brings its Christian message home with original music and mainstream sound that’s delivered with plenty of creative energy. It might just involve balloons, kazoos, bubbles and hopefully everyone there.
“We will definitely have plenty of worship, but… we’re a total party band as well,” said lead singer and songwriter Logan Crockett.
Crockett, Jake Tudor, David Noffie, Sam Gernand, Jacob Huff and Josh Van Kirk are the names behind the band. Their roots reach to Ohio, where Crockett and Tudor had the original inspiration during high school. The band released its first CD, “Scarlet Rain,” in late 2012.
“I just fell in love with the Christian music industry,” said Crockett. That love landed him at Anderson University, where he is now a sophomore majoring in music business. In addition to writing and singing, Crockett plays guitar and bass and also handles online marketing and promotion.
Tudor performs background vocals and violin on “Scarlet Rain,” but is currently attending Cedarville University in Ohio.
AU student David Noffie is the group’s pianist, using a keyboard wired into a computer that expands the musical possibilities. Drummer Sam Gernand and lead guitarist Jacob Huff are both high school students in Daleville. AU student and versatile musician Josh Van Kirk plays bass, drums and provides background vocals.
The group’s name is a play on words, where “red” evokes the heart.
“I wanted to play off the idea of the broken heart,” said Crockett. He described the “hope and joy that can come out of God breaking your heart so he can transform you into something really beautiful.”
Now, ShatterRed is ready to lay claim to some performing turf. They’re looking to make it an epic experience.
“I’m such a go-big-or-go-home sort of person,” Crockett admits. So don’t be surprised if you spot bubbles in the air, or if someone hands you a kazoo. And be on the lookout for Feather Boy, Crockett’s whimsical alter ego.
“This is their full-blown debut concert,” said Rev. Michael Deutsch, senior pastor at Alexandria First Baptist Church. The church is hosting the free concert, and coordinating the use of its vans to help students who need transportation. “It’s a way to help a young group.”
Folk/indie rock performer Kristen Bennett will open Sunday’s show with her band, which includes Isaac Vining, percussion, Evan Maxwell, bass, and Elle Worr on ukulele, foot tambourine and singing backup vocals. Bennett sings her original songs as well as playing guitar, ukulele and piano.
“I think my songs are just kind of a collection of love for other people,” she said. The AU sophomore described her own sound as having a mellow feel to it.
Bennett has known Crockett since high school in Dayton. She describes the ShatterRed sound as poppy and catchy. “It’s a really genuine sound,” she said.
She noted, “We both have the same goal. We like to spread God’s love.”
Refreshments will be available after the concert. Deutsch suggested it’s a good time to meet the band members and maybe get an autograph. The ShatterRed CD will be for sale, along with T-shirts, bracelets and posters.
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