Ezra Jurado: lead vocals_front man. Began singing at age 14 and hasn't stopped. Was a vocal major in college (has a counter_tenor range!). Loves working with audio.
Drew Hale: vocals_guitars. Began singing at birth. Plays every instrument imaginable, even the clavimbe. Loves songwriting and bluegrass.
Josh Webb: drums_percussion. Began playing drums at age 10 (big Louie Weaver fan). Does most of the video production and graphic design. Loves his wife, Lorena (a lot).
Mike Minjarez: bass_vocals. Began playing bass 7 years ago, yet somehow managed to become one of the greatest bass players in the southwest. Vocal major. Nicknamed "S and S" because of his love for wearing socks and sandals.
It's been a long time coming. Nine years to be exact. Altarmotive, the four piece modern rock band from El Paso, Texas formed in 1996. Twelve-year old, Drew Hale had just picked up the guitar, and 15-year old Josh Webb had recently purchased an old drum set from the local pawn shop. They decided to start a band. With no name and nothing but a couple of rip-off tunes, they began playing. Drew played guitar and sang, and Josh pounded the drum kit. "Months later we picked up Ezra to be our lead singer because some of the girls at school said he sang good" adds Josh. And so the journey began.
As time went by, the band evolved musically and spiritually. "We soon realized that we weren't just another garage band, we knew we had a calling," says Drew. Altarmotive began leading praise and worship at their school, Faith Christian Academy. God used the band to make quite an impact. "Lives were changed. People's hearts were touched by God-it was amazing!" says Ezra. "All of a sudden, our very own friends who were indifferent towards the things of God, committed their lives to Christ and developed a passion for the Lord," adds Drew. A.M. later added bassist Mike Minjarez. Once again the band evolved and developed a tighter and more refined sound. They went on to lead Praise and Worship at Oneighty El Paso for 500 students a week, and were also heavily involved in leading worship at the 12,000 member Abundant Living Faith Center. God continued to use the band to impact their generation. With a growing hunger for God and a burning desire to reach people, the four young men of Altarmotive began to change
again. "Our pastors, Charles and Rochelle Nieman, really stress the need for the Body of Christ to become relevant to today's society," says Josh. "In 2002 we really began focusing on being relevant. We set out to make incredible music that carried a relevant message for our generation." Mike explains, "We want to make music where God can meet people, and people can meet God. In fact, that is exactly where the name comes in. In the Old Testament, an altar was a place where people met with God. That is what we have always been all about, our motive is to use our music to point the way to God", says Ezra. We don't want to force it on people at all, we just want to share what God has done for us.
2005 marks a new beginning for the 5 guys of A.M. After releasing their 3-song single in 2003 and their 4-song EP (Step Out) in early 2004, the guys have now completed their full length debut album appropriately titled "What We Have Inside Us." "The album signifies our desire to take what's inside us and share it with the world. It's also sort of a wake-up call, says Ezra. Josh adds, "This has been 9 years in the making. A lot of maturing, a lot of evolving, a lot of hard work, and now we are ready." For Altarmotive there aren't many awards or accolades...yet; just raw passion, contagious energy, and a desire to see God touch this generation.