Disciple was formed in 1991 by friends Kevin Young, Brad Noah, and Tim Barrett in an attempt to spread the Gospel while playing the loud, metallic music they loved. Over the years, Disciple's style evolved into one similar to many secular alternative metal groups, as they toured churches, high schools, colleges, and similar venues
After more than 15 years of playing together, Disciple doesn’t just rock harder than most bands—they work harder than most of them, too. Southern Hospitality, the band’s third album with INO Records, finds the Knoxville, Tennessee band using change as a catalyst to re-think the entire way that they make music.
“We were able to listen to songs for weeks and weeks before we went into the studio,” Young says. “It helped us figure out what we wanted to change and how we wanted the songs to develop. By the time we got into the studio, it was just a matter of tweaking to make the music better—not just figuring out what we wanted to do. It was a lot of fun, and subsequently it’s the best album we’ve done.”
The bar for Southern Hospitality is set pretty high. Disciple's last record, 2006’s Scars Remain, took the band to heights that few Christian hard rock bands have reached. The single “After The World” topped the CHR charts for two weeks, and the album won the GMA Dove Award for “Rock Album of the Year.” The band also saw their music break into a whole new audience with exposure on shows like NFL’s “Total Axxess,” WWE’s “Cyber Sunday” and “Best Damn Sports Show.”
While Disciple enjoys getting their music to the masses, they’ve never lost their focus on the Christian community. “Christian music changed my life,” Young says. “It’s important to me now because it was important to me as a teenager. A youth pastor introduced me to Christian rock music, and it really became something that I fell in love with. I fell in love with the music, but the message led me to Jesus. I was a Christian before, but I wasn’t really following Jesus. Christian music had a huge impact on leading me to follow Him.”
Based on the album’s title, it should be no surprise that Disciple has also embraced their southern rock roots. On songs like “Lay My Burdens,” the band sends some southern thunder through their staple hard rock sound. Young says that he isn’t concerned with living up to Disciple’s prior success. “We’re just so excited about the new songs that we aren’t really worried about competing with Scars Remain,” he says.
Adding to Southern Hospitality are three new members, guitarist Andrew Welch (formerly of Capital Lights), guitarist Micah Sannan (formerly of Falling Up) and Israel Beachy (formerly of Staple). While Young still says that Brad Noah is the best guitar player he knows, he can’t help but heap compliments on his new band mates.
“I’ve been in Disciple since day one, and we’re in the best place we’ve ever been,” he says. “We’re writing the best songs we’ve ever written, and we’re putting on the best shows we’ve ever put on. God is just really blessing us right now. I just can’t wait to share this with people. I can’t wait to see how these songs affect people’s lives. It’s fully God. We can’t take any credit for that.”
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|What Was I Thinking||1995||Slian Productions|
|My Daddy Can Whip Your Daddy||1997||Warner Resound|
|This Might Sting a Little||1999||Rugged Records|
|By God||2001||Rugged Records|
|Back Again||2003||Slain Records|
|Disciple||2005||Epic Records/SRE Recordings/INO Records|
|Things Left Unsaid||2006||INO Records|
|Scars Remain||2006||Epic Records/SRE Recordings/INO Records|
|Southern Hospitality||2008||Epic Records/SRE Recordings/INO Records|
|Horseshoes & Handgrenades||2010||INO Records|