God is a spirit, and they that worship Him,
must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Jesus said it, the Apostle John wrote it, and the guys from Four:24 are playing it.
It began as an acappella group, but worshipping God isn't limited to just voices. So they added a talented young drummer, a couple of guitars and a classically trained pianist, Daniel, who used to be a music professor at a Cuban university. Their ages vary from sixteen-year-old drummer to Armando and Ruben, the old guys who are, well, older. You know. In their thirties.
One of the guitarists, Josh, is into R & B, hip-hop and rock. Drummer Dave likes funk. Kwadwo, the other guitarist, lends a gospel flair, and the blend of it all is like a song of the members of the body of Christ, blending age and size and color and gender into one Church.
Is it acappella? Is it jazz? Is it classical? Funk? R and B? No, it's worshipping in spirit, and in truth.
"All our music points to God," says Alex, one of the group's original members. "Once we quit pointing to God, we're pointing to ourselves, and what's the point of that?"
The music not only transcends musical genres, it breaks down language barriers. They were singing lyrics in Spanish recently, when a listener came up to them. "I don't know what you were playing, I don't know the language," he said. "But God was talking to me through your music."
The music is composed by the band itself, the songs come out of the rehearsals, the jam sessions, and they come out of the Spirit of God. Yet it all blends into one harmonious, uplifting voice of praise to Him.
"We were all pretty much raised in the church," says Josh. "You know, every believer's life has its ups and downs. Music, my whole life, has kept me steady and on course. You just gotta keep Him first."
The first album, called LIBRE, means freedom. Liberty. The second album's due out late this fall. Next month they'll be playing their music on TBN.
Some of the guys are married with families, between this, and working full time, playing every chance they get, from block parties, music cafes and churches to winning regional talent searches, the guys in Four:24 are busy. Adniel's a student of medicine, Alex says. Medicine of the soul, laughs Josh. Dave's still in school, and Efrin will be home from Kuwait soon; he's been over there with an Army band, playing for the troops.
They haven't quit their day jobs yet, but we're betting they will soon.
"Playing all over the way we do, has taught me to worship God with people from all different tastes and styles of music," says Alex. "It's like, God's so big, he appeals to everyone, no matter what they are or what they like."
With the unique blend of style and taste in the band itself, it's easy for Four:24 to minister to whatever group they find themselves with. "A parking lot. Everybody's got their own parking place, they all come together, they make one big one."
"Some people like acappella, they just like it. Some like gospel and that's cool, if that's what they're into. Classical, jazz, rock, we play whatever people like."
Like guitarist Josh says, it's good music, it's exciting music, but mostly, it's God's music.
And nothing, adds Alex, fills the void like doing God's music. As long as you're doing it His way, in spirit and in truth.
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