Alive for the First Time is the second release from the Frye Family Band (2013). We have several songs from this project that you can listen to right now. Just click on the headphones to the left and a music player will popup giving you the chance to listen to these songs while you continue to explore the Frye Family Band website. Note that you can stop the song you're currently hearing by clicking the pause button on the player at the bottom of the page.
Alive for the First Time is a six song EP, and the first project on which the Frye sisters share the leadership on vocals. As in the past this EP is reflective of Tom's seasoned songwriting skills, but new to this project are Kaylyn and Maggie Frye taking a more active role in the songwriting process. The Fryes were joined in the writing of these songs by Andy Gullahorn (Andrew Peterson, Jill Phillips), Andrew Osenga (Caedmon's Call) and fellow singer/songwriter Jeremy Casella. The CD also features special guest musicians including Gabe Scott (Andrew Peterson, David Crowder), Andy Gullhorn, Andrew Osenga, the much sought after Nashville Session Guitarist Mike Payne, and Ken Lewis (Steven Curtis Chapman, Emmylou Harris). On tour, it all the Fryes with daughter Kaylyn, 19, on lead and background vocals, bass & rhythm guitar; Maggie, 18, on lead and background vocals, keyboard, hammer dulcimer, lap dulcimer and recorder; son Jonathon, 13, on percussion, drums, bass, recorder and background vocals; and wife Lisa joining in occasionally on percussion.
The EP also includes, The Choice, a gritty look at the internal struggle between the allure of sin and the peace and purpose of following Christ. I Will Strive No More, a song inspired by the life of 19th Century Missionary Hudson Taylor, which by Tom's admission is also somewhat autobiographical. And the light hearted Family Band song, which the girls are quick to admit wasn't a song the Fryes planned to write. "This song was Andy Osenga's idea." Kaylyn relates. "We were in the studio and he asked what it's like to be homeschooled and travel as a family band, we started telling him some funny stories and shared with him some of the funny questions we've been asked over the years, like "Are you Amish?" and Andy said, "We have to write a song about that!" Maggie is quick to chime in that they made their dad promise they wouldn't have to sing this when they're close to home, but when the Fryes saw the response to this song during their concerts, they knew that this song would become a fixture in their set no matter where they are.
With the Frye children now starting to enter college, they admit they are not sure what the future holds for the Frye Family Band, but as Tom relates, "We're just trying to enjoy this season and do our best to encourage our listeners with the hope and truth of the Gospel."
Under Indiana Lights is the first release from the Frye Family Band (2011). We have several songs from this project that you can listen to right now. Just click on the headphones to the left and a music player will popup giving you the chance to listen to these songs while you continue to explore the Frye Family Band website. We'll be adding more songs soon from previous project from Tom Frye. Note that you can stop the song you're currently hearing by clicking the pause button on the player at the bottom of the page.
Under Indiana Lights showcases Tom’s reflective and poignant songwriting skills along with his family’s talents. For the recording, Tom serves as the main vocalist with the kids singing both lead and background vocals. The CD also features special guest musicians including legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy, Ben Shive (Andrew Peterson), and Ken Lewis (Steven Curtis Chapman, Emmylou Harris). On tour, it all becomes a family affair with daughter Kaylyn, 17, sings background and lead vocals and plays bass & rhythm guitar; Maggie, 15, sings background and lead vocals and plays keys and recorder; son Jonathon, 13,plays percussion, drums, and penny whistle along with singing background vocals; and wife Lisa joins in with percussion. Tom co-wrote the tunes for Under Indiana Lights with Andy Osenga, formerly with Caedmon’s Call, and Jeremy Casella, both of whom are members of Square Peg Alliance. They challenged Tom to get very personal in the lyrical content, and what resulted became powerful moments of unyielding honesty. “Where is God,” the CD’s first single, is such a tune.