This isn't a story about a worship band or a former drug addict who now writes songs for the Lord. It's a story about a band that has a message for the world and that message is "Jesus died for you in spite of the mistakes you have made."
Now announcing your new favorite band Over Ashes and their name is taken from Isaiah 61:3 "To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair."
Over Ashes, new album, "Begin Again" is an inside window into the souls of the band. Justin David (Vocals and Bass) was the singer and bassist for underground sensation Cross Culture (Selectric Records). Cross Culture's debut album, "Proof Positive" sold over 20,000 copies in one year. After Cross Culture announced that they were on hiatus in October 2006, Justin David formed Over Ashes with longtime friend Denver Shindle, "At the point when I started Over Ashes with Denver, I had given music back to the Lord. All we want to do is write songs that bless the church," Justin admits.
Over Ashes makes its beliefs honest and transparent in its music. "Where I Want To Be" is a prime example, Justin explains, "It's a song about redemption and desperation. I think so many of us out there have come to the point in our lives where we have hit bottom and have been living a life that is so self serving. This is just a prayer and an anthem about striving to be more like God."
Produced by amazing duo of Justin Glasco (Jeremy Camp) and Justin York (Tait and Steven Curtis Chapman), "Begin Again" kicks off in a seize-the-moment anthem titled "Hangin' On" which successfully relates its message about perseverance in your spiritual journey, amidst life's ups and downs. The album maintains unwavering momentum from one track to the next. Among Over Ashes most musically diverse cuts is "All I Need", an acoustic worship song that makes you feel like you're in the room with Over Ashes worshiping the Creator together. "If you are passionate about something, it will be expressed in what you do. We always want to be consistent in expressing our passion for our Savior with our music. It should never be forced, but a natural outpouring of the heart and mind" says Shindle.
Aware that being a band on stage is something bigger, the members of Over Ashes draw on personal experiences to set their purpose as a group. "We strive to be an example to others individually and as a band," says Justin "we are driven by our personal faith experiences, and that comes out in everything we have to offer in our music."