Bethany Brandt’s music started because of a calling she heard when she was 19. Seven years later, God’s plan finally came into being. After writing several original songs, she realized a band was the best way to present the music to reach people not found in churches. The band members, all from Florida, came in one by one:
Bethany Brandt: I am really excited about our music ministry and the unique way it lets us minister to people. I have been involved with music since I was about ten and have been growing every day since then. I am currently leading worship at Souls Harbour Church of God and, playing the keys. I love to travel and sing so this is where worlds collide for me.
Matthew Brandt: I play rhythm guitar, and I am the current worship leader, along with Bethany, at Souls Harbour Church of God. I’ve been playing for around 15 years, and I’ve loved the instrument ever since my dad taught me as a kid. My favorite music is Christian rock, and playing with Bethany gives me a great outlet to rock out.
Joe Saba: I have been playing guitar since I was about 14 when I heard my first Beatles song. (That should give you an idea of my age) I have played in bands, been a sound engineer, worked in recording studios, and taught guitar most of my life. I like most all genres of music but Blues and Rock have always been my favorite to play. I also play bass at my church for the youth choir along with lead guitar for Bethany. Outside of that, I’m very active with my two sons in Boy Scouts.
Doug DePew: I began learning and playing drums at the age of ten, and have had experience in almost all percussive instruments. I have performed with Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra (now Sarasota Orchestra), Florida West Coast Youth Symphony, Sarasota-Manatee Community Orchestra, Venice Symphony, and numerous churches, clubs, and organizations.
Bethany Brandt plays Christian music that has influences of rock, country, and contemporary music. The idea that a new sound was needed to reach people interested in God, but not plugged into a local church. Bethany Brandt and band have been blessed with some great opportunities to reach people outside of the church walls like the 2016 & 2017 Strawberry Festival, Delandapalooza, Daytona Music Festival, and several local events and venues in the state of Florida.
Currently, Bethany and the band is working towards recording an EP and getting ready for the radio release of “Good Enough”, an original song.
The interview below helps to sum up the sound and experience found at a Bethany Brandt show:
“BP: So my first question is, for those that aren’t familiar with you, tell us some about you and your music BB: I like to say it’s a mix between Third Day and Tina Turner. I love to tell stories that connect people to one another. Everyone loves a good story…I just happen to sing them. BP: Awesome!, what kind of stories inspire you? BB: I love hearing the stories of a person’s life. There are so many people out there relating stories that are shared experiences…”
– Bryan Patterson, Bethany Brandt Interview (Aug 06, 2015)