Everything's Clear When We Believe
We are at a crossroads...in our society...in our homes...and in the Church. The very core of who we are is being challenged like no other time in history and God is calling His Church to stand up to the challenge. It's so easy to compromise...we see it everyday. But there is no place for compromise in the middle of the battle for relevance. The message in these songs speaks to that challenge. Will we stand up as the Church and speak His absolute truth and show that TRUE Christianity, not religion, is relevant in today's society? Or will we compromise that truth into something that doesn't reflect who He is? The choice is ours to make. Everything's clear when we believe. It's so simple, yet so powerful. At times our minds can become clouded with the randomness of everyday life and we dismiss our divine purpose. The songs throughout this album just graze the surface of the battle between spirit and flesh. I hope and pray that as a listener, this album will cause you to step outside your daily life for moments at a time and see things from a different perspective. Olive & Iron started as the dream of brothers, David and Justin Magness, in 2001. Since the band's inception, they have been through the obligatory line-up changes that seem to happen to any band that stays around long enough. The current line-up seems to be the most musically cohesive ever. David Magness, guitar; Justin Magness, drums; Casey Lauterbach (formerly with Pocket Full of Rocks), lead guitar; Stephen Dumas, keyboards; Kale Magness, bass. Although 'Everything's Clear When We Believe' is the third recording project, it is the first album with the new O&I line-up and the chemistry has been great. The new tunes are relevant and unique, with compelling lyrics. O&I signed a promotions contract with The Music Insider in Nashville, TN in February of 2006. The partnership with has opened many doors of opportunity for the band. O&I keeps a busy schedule as they share their ministry in various venues ranging from Churches, Christian Coffeehouses and Clubs, to Festivals, Retreats, and Camps. O&I has also shared the stage with National Bands such as Jeremy Camp, Building 429, Kutless, Fusebox, By The Tree, Jonah33, Disciple, Spoken, KJ-52, Krystal Meyers, Pocket Full Of Rocks, Eleventyseven, Adam Watts and Strange Celebrity. 'I've had the privilege of sharing the stage with the guys from Olive & Iron on several occasions. Very rarely do you meet young musicians who are as dedicated as they are to serving the Lord through music. I truly believe the Lord will use their music ministry to touch many lives for His kingdom.' Billy Buchanan Lead singer of Fusebox 'Each year our church is blessed to host many nationally known Christian bands as well as "horizon" bands that are just emerging on the scene. We recently hosted Olive & Iron for an entire weekend and were blown away by their musical skill and passion for communicating Jesus Christ in a language that today's students understand. These guys are sold out for the cause of Christ and are tremendous role models. They love Jesus...you hear it in their music but more importantly see it in their lives!' Rick Briscoe Associate Minister of Music & Worship Prestonwood Baptist Church Plano, Texas 'Olive & Iron is by no means a musical lightweight. For these young musicians to be able to understand and express such deeply held spiritual thoughts and feelings and to bridge that experience to the secular world is a real challenge, and O&I has more than risen to the challenge. David and Justin Magness have opened their hearts and minds, realizing the doubts and frustrations of daily living that lead to the 'Battleground' for our very souls.' Anthony Davis Texarkana Gazette "We had the blessing of Olive & Iron leading Worship at our Fall High School Retreat. These guys have a passion for Christ and a love for the Lord that shows in their music and personalities. They were an awesome example to our students in how to set your mind's attention and heart's affection to the Lord through Worship. According to our students, "They ROCK!'" Jo Ann Greenfield Youth Associate Immanuel Baptist Church Little Rock, Arkansas "After having, Olive & Iron, for a back-to-campus concert for our middle school, high school, and college students, I can tell you that they're the 'real deal'. Their passion for Christ and sharing Him with others is reflected in their music and their personal contact with the audience. Having Olive & Iron is more than a concert, it's an awesome worship experience. There's no doubt that we'll have them back!" Pastor Faron Rogers Second Baptist Church Arkadelphia, Arkansas "As a Youth Pastor or anyone with a heart for our youth, above all you want to present the Gospel to a generation that is hungry. If you are looking to partner with a band to help you do this with high energy, high quality music that is second to none, then I highly recommend Olive & Iron. These guys will truly help you show the love of Jesus through their music as well as their lives." Jason York Youth Pastor Downtown First Baptist Church Texarkana, Texas.