The stories sound like happenstance, like coincidence. A band without a name is assembled at the last minute, comprised of college friends and acquaintances, because a gig has suddenly become available. Somehow, the members click and the music is noteworthy. Years later, the band has radio success and Dove Award nominations. While writing for a new album, they are contacted by TobyMac, who just happens to offer a song with this lyric: Will you walk away when the fire gets hot, or fight another day?
Weeks after recording the song, the band must live it when the rented RV containing all their possessions burns to the ground. Coincidence? Happenstance? Certainly not. The history of Addison Road is a stirring series of stories that fit together so well, God's signature is undeniable.
For an accidental band, Addison Road sure has had a purposeful impact on Christian music. Their eponymous 2008 release on INO Records garnered strong reviews and chart-topping singles, and songs like All That Matters, What Do I Know of Holy?, and It Just Takes One still resonate with listeners. But the success became intermingled with a season of struggle. Their van and trailer were stolen twice, along with their gear, and once the van was finally recovered it was soon totaled in a collision with a fallen oak tree. Add the RV fire and struggles with the health of aging parents on top of the typical challenges faced by twenty-somethings getting married and starting families, and it's been a trying year for the band.
Through it all actually before it all God has faithfully prepared the hearts of Addison Road. Indeed, the songs on their new album Stories became part of a theme without the band realizing it, a theme the members would soon experience quite personally. Lead singer Jenny Simmons reflects. These songs have been the picture of our year. The theme fighting another day, persevering, getting to the end of your own plans and recognizing that God is going to do something beautiful we've lived that out this year.
The first radio single, Fight Another Day (that tune by TobyMac), is a good example. We've never done anybody else's song, ever, but he felt sure the song sounded like us, Simmons recalls. We had no idea when we recorded lines about feeling the flames when the fire gets hot that we would actually have everything we own literally burn up in a fire.
The fire taught the band that it's easy to say that material things are not important until they're actually gone. In the midst of loss, though, the overwhelming response of Addison Road's dedicated fan base reminded them of the goodness of God's people. I just saw this really beautiful side of people working together and reaching out. We were reminded that God is very faithful to move in the hearts of His people. Over and over again, our needs were met in abundance.