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January 29, 2013

Nate Terry Band shoots out of gate with original, faith-based sound

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Nate Terry and his good friend, Adam Rasmussen, were having dinner together in September when Terry, from out of the blue, mentioned something about them striking up a band together.

Moments later, Rasmussen smiled at Terry and said, “I’ve felt the same way.”

And just like that, the Nate Terry Band was born.

“I’ve been involved in Christian and gospel music for 15 years or so,” Terry said. “I had a group before, but God kind of closed the door on that. I’ve sat idle for about a year, and I just felt the Lord leading me and telling me that I should be putting together a band.”

The two decided to network and look for musicians to flesh out the band.

“And the miracle part of it,” Terry said, “is everybody we found was the guy we ended up with. We didn’t have to audition anyone; we didn’t have to turn anyone down, which is always tough. Every guy that showed up was the guy. That was miraculous, really.

“I couldn’t have looked all around the country without finding as good as guys that we have in this band. All of them write amazing music. They are talented musicians and talented writers. I mean, you could be the greatest-playing band in the world, but without good material it’s not going to do you any good.”

Terry sings lead vocals for the band, which has a lineup that includes Randy Brooks (lead and rhythm guitar), J.R. Day (bass), Ryan Ferguson (drums), Jared Harder (guitar) and Rasmussen (keyboards).

The guys already have an agent and publicist, Rhonda Boudreaux, and their first live gig — a free one — was successfully staged inside Carthage’s Fairview Christian Church recently. The band will be one of the main acts at the National Religious Broadcast Conference on March 4 in Nashville, Tenn. — a rare honor, Terry said.

“It’s kind of strange,” he said. “They usually don’t take upstart bands; they usually have established groups. But Rhonda shopped us, they accepted and the next thing we knew, we’re going to Nashville.”

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