Formed by three Dutch brothers raised as missionary kids in Peru, Elbert (lead vocals, flutes, saxophone), Johan (acoustic guitars) and Niek Smelt (Drums, percussion), and Dutch-raised Bert Bos (bass), Trinity is a Worldbeat band. Fusing South American and Irish folk with African beats and pop grooves to create a unique, acoustic worship music experience, the new album, “The In Between,” was produced by Grammy-nominated, multiple Dove Award-winning Ian Eskelin and Barry Weeks.
While growing up in Peru, Trinity’s brothers bartered for lessons on indigenous instruments with English lessons and organically discovered the heart of Peruvian street music. That heart still lives in Trinity’s music and the band’s vision to connect with people of all backgrounds today.
“When I met Trinity, I discovered that they are four infectious individuals who have seen hardship first hand around the world, yet maintain a real sense of hope for the future,” shares The Fuel Music’s Tony Patoto. “It’s inspiring to see their genuine love for people that led them to become musicians in the first place, and the hope that their music captures.”
Accustomed to leading in front of large gatherings, Trinity has performed on the main stage of the Netherlands’ Xnoizz Flevo Festival (2010, 2012) and EO-Youth Day event (2013, 2016), and has played at Big Church Day Out festival (UK), the Himmelfarht Festival (Germany), the CREA Festival (Switzerland) and Seaside festival (Norway). The band also shared its music live at events in Russia, Kenia, Cambodia, Gambia, Peru, Senegal, France and Ireland.
“We’re proud to call ourselves craftsmen of heavenly parties and we’re experts at making people’s feet move,” says Niek. “Not with huge beats and technology, but with a unique acoustic approach that will disarm and free any crowd.”
Receiving three back-to-back Dutch “Best Album” Silver Dove Awards for Desert Rain (2016), Mundo (2014) and Que mas (2012), Trinity has also garnered millions of YouTube views, including hundreds-of-thousands of views for the video “Unbreakable” (2014, Mundo).
The band’s performance at 94 FM The Fish (Nashville) inspired Randy Maricle, Salem Media Group’s Director of Digital Sales and Strategy, to laud on Facebook, “Somebody remember this…these guys are here to stay…you’re going to love them.” Maricle also calls “Wherever We Go” his “new favorite song.” Mike Alley, 95.1 SHINE FM (Baltimore), agrees that Trinity is the “Next. Big. Thing. Jump in now so you can say you were on the ground floor!” WAY FM‘s Network Program Director, Todd Stach, says following the band’s acoustic performance at WAY FM, “When for KING & COUNTRY came through before they were big, I said to them, ‘This is the best live performance in a radio station I’ve ever seen.’ I think you guys, with your energy, are right there with them.”
Similar responses were heard at 94.9 KLTY (Dallas), SiriusXM The Message, 90.9 KCBI FM (Dallas), 93.7 WDJC (Birmingham), 104.7 The Fish (Atlanta), Family Life Radio (Tucson), Spirit 105.3 (Seattle), 104.1 The Fish (Portland), SOS Radio (Las Vegas), 95.9 The Fish (Glendale, CA), KSGN 89.7 (Redlands), J103 (Chattanooga), Y102.5 Connecticut’s Positive Hits, KDUV Spirit Radio 88.9 FM (Visalia, CA) and more.
Following the U.S. radio tour, Trinity received an invitation to play at the 2019 World Youth Day. This annual event for young people organized by the Catholic Church has drawn as many as six million attendees and will be held this year in Panama City, Panama, Jan. 22-27.