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The Letter Black using crowd funding for new album.12/19/2016
We need your help to partner with us as we record our Third Studio Album. We finally have no boundaries to make a label happy because you are the label! Our time at Tooth and Nail has come to an end. Instead of signing with another label and starting the machine up again, we need your help. The fans.
For Today Members Form New Band Nothing Left12/4/2016
With For Today about the begin the second U.S. leg of their farewell tour, guitarist/vocalist Ryan Leitru and guitarist/bassist Brandon Leitru have announced a new band called Nothing Left...
Source: THEPRP News
Facedown Records has announced "Facedown LTD." which is a subscription based vinyl plan.11/18/2016
There are 12 Vinyl Records available from Comeback Kid, xLookingForwardx, War of Ages (2), For Today, Gideon, Sleeping Giant, xDeathstarx, A Plea for Purging, Hands, xDisciplex AD, and Figure Four...
Source: Facedown Records
Getting to know...
This is a monthly article where we get to know those from the Christian music industry a little bit better. We find out what is going on in the lives of your favorite musicians, writers, artists, and more...
In this month's article, we caught up with Greg Minier from "The Crucified" and got a little personal...
Who is your favorite sport's team?
Greg Minier: I rarely watch sports at all. That being said, my favorite sport is (and has always been) boxing. MMA killed boxing though. Once the heavyweight division died, boxing got boring. I really liked MMA and the UFC when it first came out. Once everyone got good and disciplined in several fighting styles, MMA got boring...
What is one bible verse that has really affected you personally?
Greg Minier: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your paths straight (I might be paraphrasing a little). After becoming involved in church and being a part of the worship team. I really started to feel conflicted and hypocritical for playing worship after playing in a bar each weekend. I had to continue though, because it was a big part of my income. I actually made a lot of money doing it! My wife lost her job in 2009 while pregnant with our daughter. I had been the sole income earner since then and had to work as much as possible. She had been working to finish college prerequisites for the registered nursing program. I knew that once she got into the nursing program, it would be just two years before she went to work and I could quit playing in bars. It would be a long time, but at least there would be an end in sight. The problem was that in order to get into the nursing program her name had to be picked from a random lottery. Pretty stupid right? You would think they would want nursing students to be selected on ability and achievement. She knew people that had waited three years to get chosen! Anyway, I prayed on this verse daily. I would recite it to God and ask for a door to open that would allow her to get into the program and me to get out of the bars. When the lottery finally came, my wife's name wasn't chosen. I felt so defeated. It would add another year to me playing in the cover band. I was so bummed. In my defeat, I finally surrendered it to God. I told God that I would tuck my tail between my legs and keep going until change came in His time. I felt relieved after surrendering the whole thing even though it wasn't the way I thought God would want it to go. Well, the next day my wife got a call and was asked if she would like a spot in the program. One of the lottery chosen students had fallen off and they had personally chosen my wife based off of merit. It was a big answer to prayer. I learned that I had to be willing to surrender things to God; willing to go through life trying my best and waiting on His timing. Since then, my wife was offered an externship nursing job which pays the same as what I was making in the cover band. God provided a way for me to get out a year ahead of time
Where in the world would you go that you haven't been to?
Greg Minier: I would love to go to Venice. It's so beautiful; the architecture, canals, etc.. We travel a lot during the summer. We always end up in Mexico though. We keep saying we'll do something different but don't. We love Mexico! Our daughter is six and has been to Mexico five times! We love white sand.
When did you first come to Christ?
Greg Minier: (I'll give you more than that, a confession really:) I came to Christ in 9th grade (15 yrs. old). I don't remember exactly when I said the prayer, but I know that life changed around then. My family had always gone to church, but that's when I started going to youth group. I chose to be baptized during that time as well. Not too long after that, Jim and I formed a band that later became the Crucified. Fast forward; After The Crucified disbanded (1992/1993), I started playing in bar bands for a living. It was fun to play all the old songs I loved and finally make a living playing music! I did this for over 20 years and it didn't take long for me to dive straight into the world. By that, I mean sex, drugs and rock n' roll. I really think I'm lucky to even be here today with all the things I did and chances I took. Along the way, I finished school and became a special education teacher in 2005. I got married as well. I mellowed out quite a bit, but still drank a lot. The weekends were always a party. In about 2011, my wife and I started to desire a change. We were getting tired of the "life" we were living. She had always worked in the bar/nightclub industry as well (as a bartender/nightclub manager). I had known all along that I wasn't living right and needed to get back to God. I had only been inside a church 2 or 3 times in about 18 years. We decided to check out a big church that was close to where we live. I liked the idea of a big church because I could attend, get what I need out of it, and also get lost in the big congregation. The church I grew up in was small, judgmental, all up in your business, and even hypocritical at times. I had no interest in being a part of that again and still struggle with grace issues because of it. Since then, we have become weekly attenders, volunteers, and I am the assistant worship leader. I am far from where I should and can be with my walk with Jesus, but so far from where I was a few years ago. I never worshiped through music way back when. I never wept while singing Jesus's name or taking communion. I often do now and I'm happy that God is changing me from the inside out.
Why do you think the music industry is tougher today than 20 or so years ago?
Greg Minier: I don't really know. I'm not really in the industry anymore. I guess bands have to find ways to make money other than by selling their music. That can make it harder. But then it's way easier and cheaper to make and record music today.
How do you unwind?
Greg Minier: I like to unwind by spending time with my family, watching a show and sitting on the couch. I love being at home. I also love to ride my motorcycle. It's a big stress reliever.