Members: Angie Raess, Micah Garman, Jeff Beach and Blake Osborne
The stage is dark and a single light pierces the darkness. Suddenly, music erupts and the darkness of the room is filled with light. Energy fills the room. Bringing light to darkness and energizing young people in their faith is the mission of the Angie Raess Band. They want to connect with their audience and make God real to all they encounter, even to the "throw away" youth.
The band is fronted by female singer/musician Angie Raess. Angie's musical background has been deeply rooted in worship and ministry. She was a worship pastor for over 3 years at her local church, and continues to serve as the youth worship pastor. In 2003, while organizing a worship event, God began to stir a new vision for her worship ministry. Then she met Micah Garman, a fellow musician with the same passion for worship, and Micah and Angie began a search for like minded other musicians. They added Blake Osborne (drums) and Jeff Beach (guitar), and started to see their ministry flourish. What was a small local worship project for them, God began turning into a worship/rock regional band with quite a following.
ARB truly desires to connect with their audience from the first sound that erupts from the stage. The band combines original songs with some well-known worship songs that are all meant to draw the listener closer to Christ. Each show is an experience for the listener; something they feel, something they can participate in, something tangible. The band is passionate about their love for God, which is something you can visibly see in their role as lead worshippers. They are non-traditional in their approach, yet their approach seems to be connecting with young people. They view their role on stage as just the beginning of their ministry. The rest of the ministry is being involved with young people at shows, camps, retreats. Their passion is to reach out to those students and young adults that are searching, confused, and desperate. People that others might give up on.
ARB has had the amazing opprotunity to play at numerous events. They've shared the stage with Tait, Geoff Moore, Ever Stays Red, The Chemistry, Paul Wright, Something Like Silas, and many more. With a self-titled CD released in 2006 and continual touring, they are currently being featured on radio stations around the country, getting rave reviews and are writing songs for their next CD which is scheduled to release in 2007.
Even with the incredible opportunities and growth the band has experienced, one thing that remains clear is ARB's focus and vision. They started as and continue to be a worship and music ministry. This band has a heart and soul that is driven by the call that God has placed on their lives. Their desire is that worship will not just be a one day, one weekend, one week experience but that worship will be a way of life for this generation.