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Christian rock worship band Tree63 calls it quits, for now anyway

tree63.jpgSouth African publication Tonight reports that after 10 years together, the Christian rock worship group Tree63 is stepping away from the stage to get on with their lives”. This was confirmed by lead vocalist, John Ellis.
“We haven’t broken up, but we are at a stage where we need a sabbatical and to become other things,” Ellis told He says the group’s other two members, Darryl Swart and Daniel Ornellas, are still in the States and working on projects that are not musical.
Ellis doesn’t rule out a solo project and says the group has plans to perform together at Tree63 now and then.
The great thing about Tree63 is that they always fell outside of the Christian bubble worship scene – even though one of their biggest hits was a cover of Matt Redman’s “Blessed Be Your Name.” In a 2006 interview with, for example, Ellis made some great remarks about the modern worship movement
He said:

As a result of “modern worship,” there is less room these days for artistic expressions of faith, music that wrestles with the realities of being a Jesus-follower, with the darkness we fight day in and day out in our personal lives. Christian radio also shoulders a big percentage of the blame: It conditions people to expect a very particular thing from Christian artists. “Safe for the whole family” can sometimes mean “shielded from reality.”

(Remember, Jason Gay had to change his name to Jason Gray in part because of the problems he had with “family friendly” internet that kept his fans from accessing his website.”
Amen to that.

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posted September 17, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Worship music has all about killed Christian music.

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Bob Jones

posted September 18, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Are you kidding?? Christian Music is what has Killed Christian Music???? IF people are making bad music it doesnt matter, “Worship music” “CCM” “Christian Rap”(which could single handedly kill christian Music) or “Christian Metal” Bad music is just bad music and that seems toi be the music that Christian Radio(mostly in Buffalo) Really likes.

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Frank Bradford

posted April 4, 2009 at 2:14 am

As the Pioneer of FaithRock I can tell you that that Christian Rock has been tarnished big time by Worship music. They get it!!

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