Hard Rock has long been associated with negative connotations, but some bands have taken the opposite route and put their Christian beliefs in hard rocking songs. Angel Down is one of those Bands. Based out of Memphis TN, they are currently one of the hottest regional Hard Rock Bands to hit the Southeast area. A.D. formed from members of some of Memphis’s most well known acts. As seasoned musicians, they came together and formed Angel Down.
Bassist John Austin and Guitarist Johnny Parks began rehearsing and writing heavy riffs and thunderous rhythms with the plan to play the music they love combined with the messages they believed in. After many auditions, they found the perfect singer, and Mindy Howell joined the group in November 2009. Drummer Quinn Hill joined the band in April 2012.
With their God given talents, the band set out to show the world that they are ready to praise the Lord in the only way they know how, with loud, aggressive ROCK! You can expect heavy guitar riffs, screaming vocals, and a thunderous rhythm section in a live show that is second to none. While they are a Christian band, they are not here to preach with their live shows. As a band that has very strong beliefs, they feel the best way to get that across to people is through their music. People will know what they stand for, and what they believe in.
Angel Down has proven to be one of the hardest working bands in Memphis. In a short period of time, they have played shows ranging from benefits and churches to secular shows at such places as The Hard Rock Cafe, and the legendary Stage Stop. A.D. has played shows at colleges such as Lambuth University, played at benefits for such causes as Toys for Tots and the Race for the Cure, headlined The North Mississippi Hope for Haiti concert and the Shelby County Flood Relief Benefit Concert. They have also done shows for ACTS of West TN (a teen abstinence group), Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Cancer Research, in front of crowds numbering into the thousands. Angel Down was a featured artist on the Words of Warfare Tour, a Christian music tour/ministry (sponsored by Mattie Montgomery of For Today) that made its way through the southeast United States in the summer of 2010. They has opened for National Acts such as Pillar and performed at the 2011 Ichthus Christian Music Festival in Wilmore, KY. This festival has an annual attendance numbering up to 100,000 fans. Performing with bands such as Skillet, The Letter Black, For Today, and Icon for Hire, they were propelled into a national spotlight. A.D. was featured on the Musicians For Lebonheur Benefit CD, with all proceeds going to the Memphis based Children’s Hospital.
Their dedication and hard work can also be seen with the fan reactions, playing to large crowds and adding over 1000 fans to their fan pages in just their first 5 months. Even with a heavy show schedule, they recorded three tracks at Three Flights Up Studio in Mid Town Memphis with mastering completed at Ardent Studios. They have also recorded at the Grove Studios in Memphis TN, and most recently have been tracking at Green Room Studios in North Carolina to record their first EP. Angel Down has partnered with Legacy Artist Management Group based out of Oklahoma City, OK, and are gearing up to make a move to the next level.
What the future holds for Angel Down remains to be seen, but it’s clear that this is only the beginning forthese Christian hard rockers.
They are the right musicians playing for the right reasons. BELIEVE THE HYPE!