theREIGN made its (nameless) live debut as a "fill-in" act for another Hull Christian band in November 2002, and almost immediately grew into something special, as we began to follow a collective calling from the Lord to get music out there for His glory.
Since then, we have played a variety of well received concerts and worship evenings in churches and other venues across the city of Hull and immediate surroundings, in front of Christian, non-Christian and mixed audiences.
In addition, we have been able to exercise our musical muscles, and sense of fun, through invitations to play at several functions, including youth outreach, a charity ball and a couple of weddings. These engagements have allowed the band to perform a mixture of material including secular covers, ranging from the 1960s to 2004, and some of our own more spiritual material.
The name of the band developed out of the song "I Love The Rain", featured on "Sing" which in many ways is the band's signature song and touches people wherever it is played.
The guiding principles of the band and its music are encapsulated in verse 1 of Psalm 96 ...
"Sing Yahweh a brand new song. Earth and everything in it, sing. Sing to Yahweh - worship Yahweh!"
... and we continue to seek God's guidance in moving our music and ministry forward as a group of musicians and worshippers.
TheREIGN sees its music as an entry point to the Christian faith - expressing he heart and spirit of the gospel message of Jesus Christ in a way that will leave the listener having seen some small vision of what it means to be in relationship with Him - and the greatest blessing has been the sight of God touching others through our music, sometimes in the most unexpected and wonderful ways.
This album is the first fruit of our ministry together and features a variety of songs from all-out rock worship to quieter, more reflective pieces and points in between. The goal is to open eyes to God's Kingdom and lift the hearts and souls of our listeners.