American bands don’t usually name themselves after events surrounding the twentieth century Romanian revolution, but how this BEC Recordings’ artist would come to be known as The Museum is indicative of what’s on display in this compelling foursome.
The group took shape when singer Ben Richter moved from Texas to Georgia and began to lead worship at a church where drummer/programmer Josh Kirk was the janitor. Soon they were leading local worship services together and then traveling on musical mission trips overseas. In Romania, Josh was deeply moved to be part of a large Christian gathering in the same town square where communism had been overthrown in 1989. A nearby museum containing humble evidence of that revolution also left an indelible impression.
“We decided the band would be called The Museum,” Josh says, “because we hope our music and those we share it with can be the evidence that Christ has done a revolution in our hearts.”
Joined by bassist Chris Brink in 2009, The Museum is continuing its commitment to global outreach while also developing an important bond with churches across the United States. Ben’s passion for staying rooted in a spiritual community brought the group to Briarlake Church near Atlanta, GA where they still lead worship many Sundays throughout the year. Additionally, the guys lead at several of North Point Community Church’s Atlanta locations and Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina on a recurring basis.
“I believe the local church is the hope of the world, therefore it has to be at the center of our ministry,” explains Ben, whose servant heart for the body of Christ beats strongly throughout The Museum’s debut album “Let Love Win,” which released in the Summer of 2010 and includes 2 hit singles, “My Help Comes From the Lord” and “Allelujah”.
Recorded in Nashville, Seattle, and Atlanta with producers Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp (Tenth Avenue North, Brandon Heath, Sanctus Real), Aaron Sprinkle (Jeremy Camp, Kutless, Hawk Nelson), and Jason Hoard (Shane & Shane, FEE), the uplifting set reflects a clearly talented band that came of age as modern worshipers like Chris Tomlin first broke through. Instantly contagious melodies carrying a scriptural message are supported by layers of guitars that are both sparkling and scruffy as on the first single, “My Help Comes from the Lord.”
Maker of heaven, Giver of life / You are my strength, my song in the night My refuge, my shelter now and forevermore / My help comes from the Lord
“While reading Psalm 121, I connected with the words, ‘The Lord will protect your life. He will watch over your coming and going both now and forever,'” Ben recalls. “It is a great reminder that when we lift our eyes out of the darkness and focus on Him, our faith will be strengthened!”
“We are realizing it’s the things we leave behind that make a difference,” concludes Ben, “the evidence that Jesus has changed us from the inside out and given us the rescue mission to go and change the world.”
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