Christian Retailing

NEWSLETTERS Current Issue Kevin Max leaves Audio A, announces solo career
Kevin Max leaves Audio A, announces solo career PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 09 June 2014 02:34 PM EDT

Infinite-KevinMax-webKevin Max is striking out on his own to launch a solo career once again. After nearly two years and over 150 shows, Audio Adrenaline has announced that Max is stepping down as the band’s lead singer. Josh Engler, formerly of the band Abandon, will become the group’s new lead vocalist.

Max, bass player Will McGinniss, drummer Jared Byers and guitarist Dwayne Larring composed Audio Adrenaline, and together, their efforts continued to share Audio A’s foundation, Hands & Feet Project, which was started by the band’s original lead singer, Mark Stuart, McGinniss and former bandmate Bob Herdman. The foundation is caring for “the least of these” in Haiti.

Audio Adrenaline also recently partnered with Teen Mania to provide a renewed worship experience for future Acquire The Fire events, and will join its founder Ron Luce in expanding the organization's worship programming. 

Max’s departure came out of a mutual decision between the artist and the band. The transition will allow Max to further pursue solo and creative opportunities through song and word.

Max wrote a letter explaining the reason for his new direction.

When I was informed that Audio Adrenaline was moving forward into more of a 'Worship Music' direction, I had initial feelings of confusion and doubts,” he wrote. “However, I truly believe that whatever the band decides to do, they will have meaning in God's kingdom as they are men with pure hearts. I had to be honest with myself accepting that my calling was not in this specific form. God has wired me as an artist and given me a desire to create music in many different genres. I move forward now to be a steward of what He has given me, and through faith, I am believing He has led me again to a career in solo music. I support and stand behind my former bandmates and consider myself an ally and a friend both personally and musically.” 

McGinniss said: "I love Kevin and it has been nothing but an honor and a joy to get to journey life with him these last two years. During every show I would look across the stage and smile and think 'God, you are a creative and redemptive God.' Audio A and the Hands and Feet Project will be forever grateful to Kevin. I pray that God will continue to use Kevin in a powerful way through music. He is and always will be a dear brother to us all."

New vocalist Josh Engler was Abandon's lead singer for eight years, leaving that role in 2012 to focus on his family and church. In 2013, he became the worship arts pastor of Bethel Church in Evansville, Indiana. Now, with the full support of his church leadership, he will step in as Audio A’s lead.

Audio Adrenaline is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to the band's 2012 release, Kings & Queens. The new album is slated for release in 2015 from Fair Trade Services.

Max upcoming album is called Broken Temples. Click here to hear the first single, “Infinite.” 

 

In this current issue:

Simon & Schuster inks deal with Amazon

News image

Simon & Schuster and Amazon have reached a multi-year agreement...

READ MORE

ECPA announces Top Shelf Awards

News image

The art and science of book design was celebrated Tuesday,...

READ MORE

Nazarene Publishing House set to close

News image

Nazarene Publishing House (NPH) and Beacon Hill Press of Kansas...

READ MORE

Mandisa's ‘Good Morning’ certified Gold

News image

On the heels of receiving her first Gospel Music Association...

READ MORE

Apple Pay launches for mobile purchasers

News image

Apple has announced that customers can start making payments with...

READ MORE

Barbour fiction dominates ECPA’s best-seller list

News image

Barbour Publishing has announced that its fiction titles currently hold...

READ MORE

'Inspirational' bands receive American Music Awards nominations

News image

Casting Crowns, Newsboys and Hillsong United have been nominated for...

READ MORE

Stephen Mansfield’s timely book receives media attention

News image

New York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield is receiving major...

READ MORE

Christian publishers sign with Bookmasters for distribution

News image

Bookmasters has signed new distribution agreements with three Christian publishing...

READ MORE

CBA previews 2015 ICRS, opens exhibitor registration

News image

Nearly 20 representatives from more than a dozen companies were...

READ MORE

Thom Rainer’s church-focused books still going strong

News image

Thom S. Rainer’s I Am a Church Member (B&H Books)...

READ MORE

Dan Rich announces retirement after 40 years in publishing

News image

David C Cook Chief Publishing Officer Dan Rich will retire...

READ MORE
100%
-
+
0
Show options

a