"One of the best undiscovered bands in the country.
a favorite indie release so far this year."
-Worship Leader MagazinE
Chris and Stephanie are the husband and wife duo, Out of the Dust, who began and continue their lives just outside of Nashville, TN. Their story of heartbreak, downfall, and miraculous redemption is woven deep into the fabric of their music. After growing up in church and marrying young, like so many young men, Chris slowly and quietly lost his faith in God during college. Even while slipping deeper into drugs and every other whim of his heart, he secretly managed an alter ego for years around church friends, family, and even Stephanie. Finally, everything surfaced one Thursday night in January 2010 as Stephanie’s life unraveled before her eyes. Their young marriage quickly collapsed in divorce as Chris walked away from God, friends, and everything he had built with Stephanie. What happened next can’t be called anything other than a miracle. His independence very rapidly found him in the most desperate and heartsick place of his life, and it was there that he was shown the depth of his selfishness and pride. Incredibly, in just over a year, God mended their hearts, restored their marriage, and still continues to breathe new life into their story today. The passion they share is to tell of God’s beautiful and majestic redemption through music that is stirring, accessible, and uniquely their own. “Our desire is to be faithful stewards of our story and let the music we create move people toward love, life, and hope no matter where it meets them in the journey.”
After more than a decade of experience playing and leading worship, placing 2nd in GMA’s national band/duo competition in 2011 is what finally led them to begin writing and performing as Out of the Dust. Influences range from the intricate lyricism and ambience of Fleet Foxes to the fun, quirky melodies of Ingrid Michaelson and the skillful, acoustic arrangements of John Mayer. Aptly named, their debut EP “One Mic, One Night” was recorded live around a single microphone in January 2014 as a nod to the perfectly unpolished artists they love. Just a year later, their studio release “Lead Me Through” is a vulnerable portrait of the brokenness and uncertainty found in the human experience, yet it offers hope and redemption to an aching world. The album features sweeping arrangements of strings and instrumentation from skilled producer Joe Causey (Colony House, Jenny & Tyler). Worship Leader magazine named "Lead Me Through" as a favorite indie release of 2015 in their May/June issue. It is the culmination of a lifelong dream and resonates deeply within their hearts. The single "All That I'm Made For" is available below along with the rest of this project that aims to lead them into the next chapter of their miraculous story.