A divorce, a father's suicide and a pastor's son surviving leukaemia - these are the beginnings of a very young church and the ingredients of a creative journey of worship songwriters. "No one was writing songs that resonated with our journey, so by creative necessity we began to craft our own," says Mike O'Brien, worship leader and co-producer on the project. "Life is too short to only play other people's inspiration; we've always wanted to say something that reflects our unique journey."
So over the course of 12 years Poured Out Like Wine recorded four full-length CDs and three EPs. More times than not their church services feature worship sets with 100% original material. These musicians have given what many would say are their best years to commit to the local church. They have forfeited opportunities to promote themselves in order to promote the Church and God Himself with these songs. Their focus is not to create glimmering, silky smooth pop tunes, but rather to create simple, singable and theologically-rich songs for the local church.
There are currently over 20 musicians involved in the Poured Out Like Wine community, each one bringing his or her own musical, theological and personal experience into the mix. The result is an eclectic musical style which the band describes as "Non-polished Americana Worship Camp Song Rock Pop," seamlessly incorporating driving guitars and anthemic vocals with more "rootsy" accompaniment from hammer dulcimers, pedal steel guitars and the like.