Since launching 2014's biggest-selling Christian album debut from a new artist, Dove Award-nominated About A Mile is taking all the experiences over the last couple years and pouring them into its sophomore album, Trust You All The Way, to be released from Radiate Music Oct. 28.
More than the successes of playing Christian music's biggest stage (Winter Jam) and a bevy of supporters that have fully-funded its PledgeMusic campaign, band members and brothers Adam, Luke and Levi Klutinoty have resolved to trust God with every aspect of their lives and ministry.
Pouring that conviction into their upcoming album, which was produced by Grammy-nominated, two-time Dove Award-winning Producer of the Year, Ian Eskelin (who heads the Radiate Music label and produced the band's debut album), the heart of the band is becoming apparent through their songs, including the Top 25 Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR National Airplay Chart hit single, "Born To Live," and new radio single, "Trust You All The Way.
"What separates the Christian from the world is one five-letter word: Faith," says Adam, lead vocalist and guitarist. "I'm not talking about faith after the outcome. I'm talking about God-pleasing faith that believes before seeing, and allows us to confidently stand within the hardest of battles. And how do we do this? By falling down on our knees and fighting through fear by boldly praying, 'I trust you all the way!'"
Walking out his faith, Adam is publicly revealing for the first time his bout with drug addiction, lust and more, and how he has received healing and has learned to 'trust God all the way.'
"It's important to us that people see the seriousness in our eyes and hear the honesty in our voices whenever we share the testimony about these songs and this season of our lives," shares Adam. "God has saved us, and I know that no song could be hooky enough to do what the Holy Spirit has been doing when we play 'Trust You All The Way.' People fall down at the altar, confess sin and give their lives to Jesus."
About A Mile, whose name originates from the belief that Jesus carried his cross "about a mile," has carried their message from coast-to-coast. Lauded for their musicianship, authenticity and labeled "musical chemistry perfected" by one critic, the band has hit some of the nation's biggest venues with artists like Skillet, Sidewalk Prophets, DecembeRadio and more.
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About A Mile seemed to be another entry in what has been something of a trend: a band of brothers signed to Word records producing a catchy mix of pop and rock, slated for an opening slot on Winter Jam. Their debut album carried the strong sound you'd expect from such a band, but after an initial impact got a bit lost in the shuffle. After stepping away from Word, About A Mile is back with their sophomore project Trust You All The Way, released independently through Ian Eskelin's Radiate Music. The result is a step in the right direction, even if the influence of industry norms retains a strong grip.
Lead single "Taking Back" got hopes high for a fresh new About A Mile when the boys dropped it last year. It's a rocking, emotional cannonball of a song that should grab some deserved attention for the album. Poppy hooks abound on Trust You All The Way's remaining tracks. The title track and the Winter Jam-ready "Outrun" make noticeable impressions, covering familiar themes of the Christian walk but keeping the melodies and music top quality to engage the listener.
"Born to Live" experiments with near-rapped verses and a slightly more electronic approach that works surprisingly well. Pop artists mixing in some rap is nothing revolutionary, but About A Mile's usage actually feels fitting for the song, making it one of the album's best cuts. Themes of individuality run strong in "Undeniable," another of the album's prime cuts. "All I Need" is the trendy acoustic soft closer, which is a fitting and soothing contrast to the album's more energetic moments. It adds nice flavor and variety to the proceedings.
I do wish the band had stretched their boundaries a bit more, but there's undeniable quality in every track that makes it hard to come away disappointed. The musical recipe may still be similar to their debut, but the execution is top notch. There's enough progress to keep listeners interested and enough highlights to keep the band's setlists fresh. Trust You All The Way should encourage you to give the guys a second chance if their debut didn't stick with you.
The Bottom Line: About A Mile avoids the dreaded sophomore slump and crafts another winning pop/rock adventure.
Song to Download Now:
"Taking Back" (Get it on iTunes here.)