Rapture Ruckus

In a market flooded with bands it takes something extra special to grab your attention these days. Rapture Ruckus are one of those rare groups that are cutting through the noise and connecting with people all over the world using their catchy blend of rock and hip-hop.

Perhaps the first real display of this magnetism in action came at New Zealand’s renowned Parachute Music Festival. There, fronted by talented producer/songwriter Brad Dring, they won the hearts of over 25,000 people and went on to break the festival record for Highest-Selling Debut Act.

Parachute Music were quick to see the potential and sign Rapture Ruckus in 2004, and over the past six years the band has continued to gather an increasing following through extensive touring (U.S, Canada, South Africa, Singapore and Australasia) and the release of three albums out of their native New Zealand. In 2007 their album “I Believe” received critical acclaim at the NZ Music Awards, winning the award for Best Christian/Gospel Album.

International attention followed in the form of BEC Recordings, who signed the band in late 2009 and has partnered with them in their self-titled debut U.S. release. The six-track album is America’s first taste of the signature sound that is Rapture Ruckus. From the crowd-pleasing choruses of pop anthems Tonight and No Matter What to the bold declarations of I Believe, this record showcases the band’s ability to write songs that will stick in your head for days.

The first single to be released in the States, Hold On, was written by Dring in response to some close friends who were facing cancer, depression and a marriage falling apart. The song speaks of clinging onto God's promises regardless of our situations and circumstances. Dring admits to being overwhelmed by the number of emails sent in from people saying they desperately needed to hear that message of hope: in our darkest hour sometimes all we need to do is just hold on and trust that God will come through for us.

Now based out of Nashville, TN the reputation of Rapture Ruckus is growing almost as fast as their fan-base as they tour throughout the States. Attending a Rapture Ruckus concert highlights one of the truly special things about this group - their ability to break through restraints or barriers and really engage with people. Dring is the band’s creative mastermind and is known for his perfectionism. Every element of their live show has been carefully considered. As a result you are treated to a dynamic performance where every light, special effect, graphic or lyric draws you in and allows you to really hear the messages being delivered. That, says Dring, is the ultimate goal.

So what is Rapture Ruckus? Big stadium-ready choruses. Raw honesty and passion. Songs that are captivating audiences all around the globe.

Maybe it’s about time you got some RUCKUS in your life?

Moriah Peters

Everyone is faced with choices that impact their lives –sometimes subtly, other times profoundly. For nineteen-year-old, singer/songwriter Moriah Peters the way she chooses to live her life is a unique and bold declaration that provides the title, and first single, of her debut album I Choose Jesus, releasing April 17 (Reunion Records).

“I’m so excited about this project — and that song in particular,” she says with an infectious smile. “It’s the song that every other song was held up against. It’s the song that represents who I’m called to be, not only as an artist, but as a daughter of Christ. I’m called to be bold. I’m called to be strong and I’m called to speak the truth in love about who God is and what He’s done in my life.”

The stories behind this young artist’s songs are what make them so genuine, honest and easy to connect with. “One day when we go to heaven God is going to say “well done, my good and faithful servant,” she says about the song ‘Well Done.’ “This song is about staying heavenly minded. It can be a hard thing to comprehend. When I’m going through a crazy time, when I’m frustrated, when I’m down, I have to remember I’m living for something above all this, something that will last for eternity. In the song, I say “I’m going to run this race to hear you say well done.” The road is hard sometimes, but whatever I go through, at the end of the day, it will all be worth it to hear “well done.”

Moriah’s passion for serving God infuses each track on her Reunion Records debut; whether she’s encouraging others to make a difference by sharing her mother’s selfless story in the opening track “Know Us By Our Love” or celebrating redemption in “No Shame.”

”The overall theme of the record is about making a choice,” she says. “All of these songs are songs about being in different circumstances and choosing Jesus in each situation. I know that God has a blueprint for every single one of our lives. He has a plan and a purpose, and He wants to make His Son known through us.

Though Moriah initially planned to become an entertainment lawyer, she also always had a love of music that began as a child. “Music has always been a passion” she says. “I still have a notebook of songs I started writing in the fourth grade.” Having a father who is a musician, she grew up soaking up a variety of sounds from Stevie Wonder to Crystal Lewis. “I started singing when I was about six-years-old,” she recalls. “I remember going to my dad’s band practices. He played bass at my church. I’d be sitting in the pews singing harmony and would sing really loud so they would hear me. I’ve always loved singing. Even to this day people ask, ‘Why are you singing all the time? It’s just a natural thing. It just comes out.”

Moriah’s parents always encouraged her to use her gift. “My dad always told me that ‘if God has given you a gift, you are only holding it temporarily. Take care of it so that you can give it back to Him,’” she says.

As Moriah focused on high school graduation, her mother encouraged her to audition for American Idol. After five months of preliminary cuts, she came to a crossroads. The judges loved her voice but wanted her to be something she wasn’t. Though she was hurt and disappointed at first, Moriah soon had a new opportunity that would allow her to be herself and stand up for what she believed in, while still getting to follow her musical dreams.

After the auditions, a man approached Moriah, commenting on both her talent and her heart for serving God. He connected her with a friend in Nashville which ultimately led her to a record deal with Provident Music Group. She soon began working on her debut album with acclaimed producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dave Barnes, Kari Jobe).

Preparing to record her first album, Moriah wrote or co-wrote more than 50 songs drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including her family, her own relationship with Christ and experiences she’s walked through with other young girls while leading her high school Bible study. “’Know Us By Our Love” is a song about my mother,” she explains. “She moved to California when she was 21. She barely got by and worked so hard she didn’t have time for herself, but she seemed to always make time to serve others.”

A marketing major at Grand Canyon University, Moriah is originally from Chino, California where she attended a large public high school. During this time in her life she frequently had to explain and defend her faith not only to classmates, but also to teachers.

“I Choose Jesus” is rooted in an experience my senior year of high school,” she says. “I was one of very few Christians. I was ridiculed, interrogated by my classmates. They got to me. I wasn’t prepared to answer a lot of those questions. I grew up with Christianity, but I had never had to defend it before. I sought out answers to their questions. That strengthened my faith. I’m grateful for those times. It gave me the opportunity to make my faith my own.” As a result of this and other experiences, her convictions grew stronger and her songwriting became saturated with a wealth of personal experience and insight that has given her wisdom beyond her years.

The album’s closer, “Bloom” is a final boost of encouragement to the listener. ”I wanted ‘Bloom’ to be the last song on the album; a final reminder to be patient and keep believing as God works through our lives and seemingly hopeless situations,” Moriah says. ”Sometimes we just see the surface of our circumstances not realizing that God has a wonderful plan for us.”



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