"When I first heard 'Echad' I thought I was hearing timeless and perfect hymns honed to perfection over time. The spirit of God is strong in these works." - Paul Avgerinos, Grammy Nominated Producer
Echad was formed from a unique song-writing partnership between guitarist, Mark Houde and vocalist, Marni Esposito that began when they became the worship leaders for their congregation. God has given them new original contemporary songs rooted in the reflection of faith and love for the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). Through much prayer and reflection on this new path God was leading them on, they formed the group Echad to pursue God's calling for their lives. With their original Messianic music, they set out to win praise for the Lord and reach the hearts of all of God's people.
"This is the most sophistocated sound I have heard yet in Messianic Music. It will transport you into the heavenlies!" -Rabbi Tony Eaton, Congregation Simchat Yisrael
Guitarist and composer, Mark Houde, having a musical background in Jazz, blends soft, melodic rhythms with traditional Jewish sounds making their musical style unlike any other Messianic group. "We have a 'world' sound to some of our songs because we incorporate multi-cultural instruments into our music".
Lead vocalist and composer, Marni Esposito, draws her inspiration from the Hebrew prayer Siddur, the bible and from her own personal experiences with God. "Hashem has a powerful message that he wants his people to hear. We believe that God has given us this original music to share with his people. We are merely the vehicle in which He chose to convey it." She has recorded and performed with other artists such as Steve McConnell and Brad Smolken.
For the "One From Many" album, Echad has showcased the talents of artists throughout the Messianic movement. "We have some great musicians in our community and it has been an enormous blessing to be able to include their talents on the CD."
"This music fills my soul." - Russ Resnik, Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations