Meet the band
He was born and raised in Panama City, Florida. He has lived all across the southeast and has served as Worship Pastor at churches in Tennessee and Mississippi before God moved his family here to South Carolina! He is married to Ellen and they have two kids and one on the way - Madelyn (8) and Jude (5) and their little baby boy Flynn will be here in December!
He has been singing and playing guitar for 22 years. He started out studying classical voice singing more in foreign languages than in English. He prefers leading worship in a more contemporary setting, but has performed music in nearly every genre.
“I think the unending assortment of styles and interpretations of music is amazing!” Jordan said.
He stays pretty busy as he serves our church and leads our Music, Production and Creative teams. In his extra time, he enjoys songwriting, hanging outside around the grill, traveling and running, but he says that nothing beats just hanging out with his family and playing with his kids!
When asked about his favorite music, he said, “I love everything from James Taylor, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, U2, Radiohead and a hundred more. As for worship music, I’ve been listening to Pat Barrett for the last few days. All of my playlists change regularly - sometimes daily.”
His favorite Bible verse is, "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure..." Hebrews 6:19.
He said that this passage of scripture inspired the bridge to one of our songs “Grace Finds Me Here.” He loves considering the strength of God as an anchor at every moment in our lives.
Jordan said that his favorite thing about worship is how God designed it without limitations. While we often view it as the singing of a song or praying a prayer, God designed it with the utmost creativity. He believes God loves to hear our songs and our prayers, but He also wants our attention, our friendship and our hearts.
He was born in Mount Vernon, Illinois, where he spent the early years of his life and later moved to North Augusta in 1995. A lot of those early years were spent at his grandparents' farm listening to his grandpa playing electric guitar along with his favorite musical TV shows in the evenings.
Brent said, “One of my most prized possessions is a 1978 Takamine acoustic guitar he had been holding onto for decades. He gave it to me one Christmas after I'd been playing for a few years, and it's been an instrument I've used and cherished over the nearly 20 years I've been playing guitar now.”
Brent served in several different campus ministries while attending USC Aiken, and led worship for their gatherings, and also filled in leading contemporary worship services at several area churches since then. He started attending TrueNorth somewhere around late 2006, and not long after started filling in with the worship band until he become a regular fixture of the team. He said that he loves that we are one big family that shares in the ups and downs of our daily lives.
“My favorite part of leading worship is seeing faces of those in the crowd whose stories I've shared in, whether through everyday friendships or through Journey Groups, and feeling much of what they feel in connecting with the songs we are leading.” Brent said.
One of his favorite things to do outside of making music is photography. For him, capturing God's creation in a way that attempts to do it justice is a lot of fun. He has plenty of material to work with now, too, as his wife Torie and him just welcomed their twin boys, Judah and Abram, into the world November 9th! He also enjoys taking in as much music as possible in the car and at home, listening to everything from pop to country, rap to gospel, and especially worship. Needtobreathe, Phil Wickham, Lauren Daigle, and Crowder's latest stuff are usually in heavy rotation.
When asked about his favorite scripture he said that he has several favorite verses but one he likes to remember is Proverbs 22:2. "Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all."
He believes he is certainly not "rich", and he doesn’t think anyone living in our country is "poor" to the rest of the world. But as all of us have different lots in life, it's important to remember that we were all created by the same God, and none of us is any more or less worthy of what we've been given than the next.
Danny’s parents came from the Dominican Republic to the United States and made home in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he was born. They didn’t stay there long as his parents decided to move to a small town in upstate N.Y. called Lake Placid (and no there is not a giant alligator there). They later moved to North Augusta, South Carolina, when Danny was 6-years-old.
He started playing drums officially when he was 10-years-old. But when he was a toddler he would play on anything he could find.
“I would listen to a song and play the vocal melody on pots and pans on the kitchen floor,” Danny said.
In 6th grade, he joined the school band and as he transitioned to high school he joined the marching band where he played bass drum, marching snare and quads. He also started playing drums in local bands in 10th grade. This involved playing small venues around the southeast through high school and college. When he started attending TrueNorth about 6 years ago, he fell in love with the music and finally joined the worship team in 2014.
Danny said that TrueNorth Worship is literally family to him. “Fun fact, Nick (guitar player) is my brother-in-law and Olivia (vocalist) is my sister-in-law!” he said. Outside of playing drums, he cherishes spending time with his wife, Emily, and two children, Grayson (3) and Elsie (10 months).
When asked about his favorite music, he said, “I listen to a wide variety of music in all sorts of genres. As a musician I feel that limiting yourself to one type of music, can limit your creativity. My favorite worship album at this moment continues to be ‘Reckless Love’ by Cory Asbury. ‘Born again’ and ‘Endless Alleluia’ are songs I continue to go back to. They paint such a beautiful picture of our God.”
One of his favorite Bible verses is, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8
This verse is special to him because it is a wonderful reminder of how Jesus changed him from darkness to light. Therefore, he strives to live as a child of God who gets to live as a Light for Christ in everything he does.
Danny believes that worship is about lifting up the name of Jesus in community. He said, “As a band, TrueNorth Worship gets to play exciting, intricate and powerful songs. However, my favorite moments are the drop sections, when I’m not playing anything, and I can lift my hands in surrender and gratitude to my Savior with my church family.”
He was born in Augusta, Georgia, and has lived in North Augusta for the majority of his life. He has been on staff at TrueNorth Church for 6 years and is currently the Music Director. He is married to Kayla, who is also on staff as the Children’s Pastor.
Michael began picking up instruments in the 2nd grade. This started with the saxophone but over the years has led to him being prolific in bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and keys. “I really just try to play any instrument I can get my hands on,” he said.
Some of his favorite hobbies consist of buying shoes and playing golf. He also loves to run because he loves to EAT. If you know Michael, you know he can throw down some food.
When asked about his favorite music, he said, “I listen to just about any type of music. My favorite song right now is Pope by Copeland. They also happen to be my favorite band of all time. I also listen to bands like LANY, The Band Camino, Bon Iver and Novo Amor”.
Two of his favorite Bible verses are Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” And John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” He said that he loves these two verses because one is a set of promises from God and the second is a reminder to live a surrendered life.
Fun fact: Michael has John 3:30 tattooed on his left bicep!
Michael said that his favorite part of playing worship music is that God instilled a passion for music in his heart and he gets to use that same passion to lift high the name of Jesus.
He was born in Augusta, GA, and now lives in North Augusta with his wife, Hannah. They have almost been married for 2 years!
Nick has been playing music since he was a little kid. He originally started playing the drums but he never stuck with it. However, in the 6th grade when he went to a friend’s house, he was first exposed to his passion for playing the guitar. His friend had a cool older brother who played and he introduced Nick to John Mayer’s music, which hooked him instantly. “I haven’t put down the guitar ever since,” Nick said.
Fun fact: Nick has been in multiple bands and a music video. Also, fellow band members, Olivia and Danny, are his sister-in-law and brother-in-law!
Outside of playing music, Nick loves to buy sneakers, travel and eat food! He is a huge UGA fan so he loves watching and playing sports.
He is all over the place with the types of music that he likes but his all-time favorite artist is of course, John Mayer.
One of his favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This promise of the peace of Jesus has always been a favorite of his.
“Being able to come together as one, as the Body of Christ, to worship our Savior is one of my favorite things about worship,” Nick said. He thinks that getting to look out at the faces of the people in our church and see them genuinely worship and sing out to our God, despite what they may be going through, is a beautiful, special thing. He said, “It has countless times pointed me to the love and faithfulness of our God and directed my heart to worship Christ for all that He has done for me.”