Members: Bill, Brian, Dustin, Mark, Pat, Aaron
Crossover has quite a unique and exciting story. Guitar player Dustin Hurst and drummer Brian Bassett have been playing music together for ten years. Their musical history took them across the country opening up for national acts like Tantric formerly Days of the New and Virgin Records artist The Exies. They gained show and tour experience by playing shows around the world. They performed as the featured act on a USO world tour in the Middle East. The tour was for seven countries in support of American and Allied forces in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Qatar, Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, UAE and two U.S. dates in Austin, Texas and home state Indiana. This tour would turn out to be the beginning of what is now Crossover.
The two met up with Army medic and high school friend Mark Sears (keyboard) in Afghanistan. The tour had profound purpose as Mark Sears lost his best friend to a bomb in Afghanistan the very same day that Dustin and Brians band came to Camp Phoenix. There was a divine significance which brought them together the exact day their friend was in need. Later that night they made a pledge to play music together upon returning to the United States. Next, they went on to find a bass player and lead guitar player from the Indiana band 'Been There'. This guitar players name is Pat Byers and he is a youth pastor from Wabash, Indiana. Pat was the front man for his band but left the group to join forces with Crossover. Pat has many years of experience playing guitar and singing for bands. The bass player is Aaron Scamihorn. Hed been playing bass with Pats band and joined forces with Crossover as well. He is a graphic designer in Indianapolis, Indiana and does all the design work for Crossover. He too had played in many bands and brought experience and creativity to Crossover.
This was the start of Crossover as a five piece Christian rock band. They started playing local shows with Dustin Hurst and Pat Byers doing the vocal work until they met up with Bill Ballenger. Bill is a Christian speaker and singer. He frequently performs on international television and has toured for several years including performances in China and Russia. Bill has four solo records to his credit and was the perfect fit to finalize the cast of Crossover. This band has a big resume with loads of passion and experience. With a unique Rock style mixed with three strong vocal harmonies, a powerful Christian message and some featured rap lyrics from drummer Brian Bassett; this band proves to be energetic and powerful.
Crossover also has a powerful ministry called Teen Rock (www.Teen Rock.org). This ministry's mission is to inspire teens to accomplish their dreams. Since it's beginning in 2005 Teen Rock has reached thousands of students for Christ already and is planning to expand its outreaches in 2008. During Teen Rock events the group holds convocations in public schools and then has a main concert event where Crossover performs and Bill Ballenger shares his testimony of being in prison and then finding a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Crossover averages over a thousand in attendance at their Teen Rock school concerts. Crossover has select show dates for high schools and other concert events. With their debut record to be released winter 2008 the band continues to perform and gain major exposure and popularity.