Having grown up in New Zealand, the band's first musical experiences were found in the back row of a Salvation Army brass band. Those formative years did much to cement a close friendship amongst the band which is something that they all see as a vital and fundamental part of the band's makeup.
Despite the initial stages of the band being all about having fun and making music together, they soon became aware that God had called them to offer people the opportunity to connect with Him through their music and especially during their concert experiences. They had a desire to see those who do not know God, have the opportunity to encounter Him.
Before long, The Lads were a household name in their homeland. They had a string of number one hits on Christian radio, and were invited to headline major Christian festivals throughout New Zealand and Australia. Their two most recent albums were both awarded "Gospel Album of the Year" at the New Zealand Music Awards.
Outside the studio, The Lads are especially known for their lively and energetic shows. The concert go-er will experience the onstage antics of lead singer Mark Millard, along with personal stories between songs, both of which have become a trademark of the band's concert experience, often inducing laughter and tears from their audiences (sometimes both at the same time!).
The Lads have always been full of surprises and each concert tends to have it's own unique flavor. But one thing they desire above everything else is that God remains the central focus of everything they do. The band is passionate about seeing God working in peoples lives.
For many people, the most memorable aspects of Lads music is more than the fun and energy, more than the quality and memorable tunes. But it is the worship inherent in their music that is capturing a great deal of attention.