Last year, The Myriad crossed over from the Christian scene to the mainstream when the band beat 4,000 other entrants to win the "MTV2 Dew Circuit Breakout" competition. Their videos were spun in regular rotation, they scored a series of "Discover and Download" and "Artist of the Week" segments, and they earned a soundtrack slot on Xbox's Rock Band.
But the band got some bad news when drummer Randy Miller was diagnosed with cancer. They took the last eight months off, and while Miller is still fighting stage four of the disease, his doctors just him clearance to return to the road this fall, touring with Tyrone Wells and Matt Hires to benefit The Humane Society's "All Creatures Great and Small" campaign. The group also hopes the dates will give Miller (who returns to chemotherapy treatments the day after the tour) a new lease on life while inspiring fans.
"We had no idea that Randy would actually prove to be a better drummer than we had ever seen in the past," frontman Jeremy Edwardson blogged about the rehearsal sessions. "He was secretly immersing himself in drummer videos and practicing at least an hour a day. He later told us his fight, his battle, was more than beating cancer. He wanted to come out a better husband, father, drummer, and ultimately a better man of God."
Hillsong United hits the silver screen
Hillsong United fans can do "Wednesday night church" on Nov. 4 when the Australian worship group hits 500 movie theaters in a live telecast. The program includes a screening of Hillsong's social justice documentary We're All in This Together, plus a live introduction by Hillsong United's lead singer Joel Houston, along with taped concert footage from the group's home church Sydney. For a trailer click here; for a list ...1
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