The Deep South has always been a hothouse for organic, progressive rockers. And the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based worship band Deluge carries on that music tradition.
Known for their ability to engage church audiences of all ages and worship traditions, Deluge calls Baton Rouge's Bethany World Prayer Center (http://www.bethany.com) home. Not only do the band members attend Bethany, “frontman” Jonathan Stockstill serves as Bethany’s lead pastor, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in service to the church.
The band originally developed out of Bethany's intense "DELUGE" worship conferences when Jonathan was serving as the church’s worship pastor. As new songs emerged from these times of corporate prayer and worship, Jonathan and his bandmates began honing their unique sound, a gumbo of the music styles found in their home state.
But Deluge is way more than “a sound.” The band represents the dynamic worship found at Bethany, one of the most vibrant multi-cultural ministries in America with a congregation of over 10,000 members, a global network of affiliated churches and a youth ministry attended weekly by 5,000-plus students.
Led by Jonathan, the Deluge team has evolved into a collaboration of worship leaders, musicians, singers, and songwriters within the Bethany community.
Hailed by ChristianityToday.com for their “rock-solid musicianship” and “inventive, hard-to-peg style,” Deluge first caught the attention of music critics and fans with the release of their self-titled Integrity Music debut in 2008.
Two years later, the band returned with Unshakable, an album filled with songs inspired by faith-trying testimony.
Now the band offers up Swell, a 12-track album featuring all new songs recorded live at the church’s annual 220 Conference.