Building on solid album sales from their self-titled debut, Salvador is gearing up for the release of their sophomore album. Hitting the streets June 4th, Into Motion is a unique blending of progressive acoustic pop with a Latin percussive drive that motivates the listener to get up and move.
With Pete Kipley (Plus One, Mercy Me) and Chris Rodriguez (BJ Thomas, Anointed, Jump 5) at the production helm, Into Motion takes Salvador back to their roots of being a praise and worship band, while also stretching the band in new directions.
Frontman, Nic Gonzales steps up his songwriting presence on this record, co-writing six of the album’s 11 songs. He shares writing credits with some of the industry’s finest songwriters, including Dove Award winner David Mullen, Billy Sprague and band members Art Gonzales and Pablo Gabaldon as well as Kipley and Rodriguez.
According to Nic, songs like “Can’t Keep It In”, “Salt & Light” and “God People” are “classic Salvador jam songs”. “Psalm 3” and “When I Pray” are powerful ballads, while “Breathing Life” adds a new pop element to the album. “Alegria” is the sole Spanish song on Into Motion.
Dubbed Christian music’s hardest working and most exciting live band, Salvador erupted onto the scene two years ago with the buzz of the soulful music and a powerful voice of lead man Nic Gonzales. Their widespread appeal to both pop and Latin audiences has kept them touring an average of 200 dates a year, with highlights including Teen Mania’s “Acquire The Fire” youth conventions (played to 70,000 at the Pontiac Silverdome), as well as performance slots at Promise Keepers events for three consecutive years, and the Billy Graham and Franklin Graham Crusades.
The backbone of Salvador’s live music success is an emphasis on the fundamentals: hard work, great musicianship and a blend of fun and stirring songs celebrating Christian faith. “Every time I see Salvador live or hear their recordings, I am still as amazed as when I first discovered them three years ago”, says manager Mike Smith. “They keep getting better and better*and this album is proof of that. More importantly, though, is the spiritual growth and commitment I have been privileged to witness among them as true ambassadors for Christ. Rarely does one see those two things develop together so profoundly in artists.”
As one of the breakthrough artists of 2000, Salvador erupted onto the scene two years ago with the buzz of the soulful music and a powerful voice of lead man Nic Gonzales. Their widespread appeal to both pop and Latin audiences has kept them touring an average of 200 dates a year, with highlights including Teen Mania’s “Aquire The Fire” youth conventions (played to 70,000 at the Pontiac Silverdome), as well as performance slots at Promise Keepers events for three consecutive years, and the Billy Graham and Franklin Graham Crusades.
Salvador performed in April during GMA Week at the Word Showcase on Monday night and got the night off to a rockin’ start with a couple of spicy numbers that had people on their feet and clapping to the beat of “Breathing Life,” and “God’s People” which segued into the appropriately joyful “Alegrîa”. (Click on the photo for a larger view).
The backbone of Salvador’s live music success is an emphasis on fundamentals: hard work, great musicianship and a blend of fun and stirring songs celebrating Christian faith. Uncomplicated men and unwavering partners in ministry, Salvador is a trusted name today among local churches and national ministries alike.
The consummate road band, playing as a popular indie act even before the 2000 national debut of Salvador, the group has performed for some 10 million people over the last three years. Defying demographic boundaries, Salvador is invited regularly as musical guests for youth events like Ron Luce’s Acquire the Fire and national summer Christian music festivals as well as crusades by Billy Graham in the United States and Franklin Graham in Latin America, plus Promise Keepers men’s rallies.
Last year Salvador accepted the challenge of yet another grueling performance schedule – 250 days on the road, offering 210 performances, distinguishing itself again as one of the most incredible live bands working in Christian music today.
After solid album sales on their self-titled debut ‘Salvador,’ they are back at the forefront with a fresh sound and vibrant spirit for God that new and old fans alike are going to love. Now Salvador moves its equipment from the stage to the studio to produce Into Motion. It’s offered as a gift of encouragement and hope to listeners in gratitude for the warm reception Salvador has received from fans of Christian music since its debut. Into Motion comes as thankful praise for the goodness the men believe they have experienced from God.
Releasing June 4th, Into Motion is the latest snappy, Latin/salsa influenced percussive-pop record from this Austin, Texas-based band. Evident within the record is excellent musicianship, polished by hard work through their many live performances, and meaty songs derived from life well-lived.
Salvador is: Nic Gonzales (lead Vocal, guitar), Art Gonzales (drums), Josh Gonzales (bass), Eliot Torres (percussion), Chris Bevins (keyboard), Pablo Gabaldon (trumpet) and Billy Griego (trombone).
Salvador will perform in concert on June 4 at Cornerstone Church in Madison, TN, at 7P.M. Tickets are $15 and include Salvador’s new Into Motion CD! For more information call 615/771-9050.
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