The Deep South has always been a hothouse for organic, progressive rockers. And the Baton Rouge-based worship band Deluge carries on that music tradition.
Deluge first caught the attention of critics and worship music fans with the release of their self-titled Integrity Music debut in 2008. This year, the band returns with Unshakable, an album filled with new songs inspired by faith-trying testimony.
"Unshakable is not just the title of our new album, it is the message of the life we have been living as a family and a church," says Deluge frontman Jonathan Stockstill.
"We have walked through battles during the last two years, and many of the songs that you hear on this album reflect our need for God and our hope and trust in Him."
Known for their ability to engage church audiences of all ages and worship traditions, Deluge calls Baton Rouge's multi-cultural Bethany World Prayer Center home. Not only do the band members attend Bethany, Jonathan serves as worship pastor for the church, which is pastored by his father, Larry Stockstill. And Deluge developed out of Bethany's intense "Deluge" worship conferences. As new songs emerged from these times of corporate prayer and worship, Jonathan and his bandmates began honing their unique sound, a gumbo of the music styles found in their home state.
But Deluge is way more than "a sound". They also represent one of the most vibrant youth ministries in America, Bethany's 220 Ministry, led by Jonathan's brother, Joel Stockstill. With over 7000 kids in weekly attendance, this youth ministry emphasizes prayer, evangelism and discipleship. And according to Jonathan, much of the inspiration for Deluge's music comes from these themes and the passionate youth culture found at their church.
As ChristianityToday.com put it, "... rock-solid musicianship and an inventive, hard-to-peg style distinguish Deluge from countless other sound-alikes in today's modern worship."
Worship Leader magazine adds, "The Deluge band have managed to stay a few steps away from the Atlanta movements and all the Nashville clichés, and in so doing, have proven that those steps are actually ahead of the pack."