Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HIGHROADIII Concert Set For November 16

HIGHROADIII, an award-winning gospel group from Nashville, will be in concert once again at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 16, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited!!!

In a world where conformity is king and following the crowd is practically a survival instinct, the women of HIGHROADIII, an award-winning gospel group from Nashville who just happen to be the best of friends have always preferred the road less traveled.
And so it's fitting that the trio's music, which features the girls' inventive instrumentation, would do simply that- to take the road less traveled. Filled with the beautiful, haunting melodies and vocals that have been the group's hallmark, Sarah Davison, Anna Grace Kimbrough and Kiley Phillips, all graduates of Belmont University's prestigious School of Music, feel the songs of HIGHROADIII reflect their personal journey of being set apart.
"Ever since I was little, I knew my life was going to look a little different," Anna Grace shares. "I felt like God had placed a calling that required a response of separation from the average and the expected. He had called me to ministry, and it wasn't until many years later that I actually accepted the calling, but the preparation for that began from an early age."

The group has been in the studio recently and will release their brand new album, Angel at the Crossroads, March 28, 2014. Produced by Grammy winner, Ben Isaacs of The Isaacs, the album features original songs written by the group as well as other writers and also includes hymns like “My Savior’s Love for Me”. With Greg Ritchie on percussion and Stephen Wilder on upright bass, the sound reflected is exactly what HIGHROADII strives to do- to be an non-conforming light in a dark world.
Hoping to encourage their listeners to join them on the narrow path, the music of HIGHROADIII highlights how we are all designed to serve Him and that our lives are actually maximized when we're following the unique plan He has in mind.

"We strive to be real in our music and in our daily walk with Christ," Sarah says. "We play real instruments and the stories we tell at our concerts are close to our hearts. That's why we've always wanted to approach our entire music outreach that way; by doing things a little differently and staying confident in the specific message God has given us."

One of the group’s favorite hymns to do at live concerts is the accapella rendition of How Deep the Father’s Love for Us. "The a cappella standard is a great representation of our love for hymns and keeping them alive in today's worship," Kiley shares. "We love doing versions of some of our favorite old hymns because they are so rich with truth and with beautiful melodies."

Another special moment for HIGHROADIII was how the album's first single, Angel at the Crossroads, came about. The song was played for them as a group while visiting Florida last summer, and God spoke directly through the song at the moment it was played. The lyrics are an encouraging reminder that whatever is happening in your life, no matter how scary or challenging, that God is in control of it all and He will send the right people to help you along the way.

"That day, the Holy Spirit reminded me of why we are playing music-- to reach others for Christ," Anna Grace recalls. "God comes to a broken sinner in a quiet and still voice that offers peace, grace, and love. He offers redemption and victory over sin and even death.”Holding fast to the message that guides them each and every day, HIGHROADIII isn't just another group of talented musicians who play songs that are close to their hearts. Instead, they feel incredibly blessed to provide longtime fans and new listeners alike with the message of hope found in the Gospel and pledge never to forget their down-home country roots in the process.
Now, can we get an amen for that?