PLANO, Texas (BP) — Musical trio Hebron Road wants their debut album “In A Moment” to inspire and encourage worship leaders across the country.
Hailing from Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, the trio have been singing and leading worship together for years, but only recently began pursuing music together in a larger context.
Rick Briscoe, band member and associate worship pastor in Prestonwood, said he hoped the band’s deep friendships would shine through on the record.
“Our music is really an expression of where we’ve been and where we’re going, and our prayer is that you’ll hear some of the ups and downs we’ve been through in the texture of music,” Briscoe said in an interview with Baptist Press.
Along with Briscoe, the group consists of father and son Alan and Jarrod Monk. All three are full-time staff at Prestonwood in various roles. The trio have performed at a variety of different churches and venues, including a recent performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
The disc is a combination of original music and interpretations of popular modern songs from artists like Lauren Daigle and Crowder. Writing credits for some of the original music include artists such as KING & COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone, Charles Billingsley, Tony Wood and Matt Armstrong.
Recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, the disc was released March 18 via StowTown Records and was produced by award-winning producers Keith Everette Smith and Michael Neale.
Although the record is the trio’s first official release as a group, the bond between the three is evident in both their musical chemistry and their conversations with each other.
Alan and Rick have even been singing together since they met in college at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Rick performed at the school’s freshman talent show, and Alan approached him after the show to suggest that he start singing together.
Rick said it would start “a lifelong friendship” between the two. The two would marry their high school sweethearts, but pursue different career paths after college.
Alan would major in accounting and enter a business career, while Rick would pursue a musical career, playing with contemporary Christian band Truth.
Years later, Rick would join the worship staff in Prestonwood. He recalls a phone call with his friend Alan, who had been successful in the corporate world but felt like something was missing.
Rick informed Alan of an opening in Prestonwood’s finance department, and Alan ended up joining Prestonwood’s staff sometime later.
Alan’s children, including Jarrod, would grow up in the church and the three would eventually begin leading worship together, becoming particularly famous for their rendition of “O Holy Night”, during the church’s annual Christmas production. .
The group’s name has a double meaning, as Hebron Road is a street near the Prestonwood campus, but it also refers to the biblical city of Hebron, where the Lord first spoke to Abram of the Promised Land. . The word “Hebron” is translated to mean face to face with God.
Jack Graham, senior pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, said he encouraged Hebron Road as they continued to bring their musical talent out of the church.
“With our congregation in Prestonwood, I can honestly say that the genuine worship and heartfelt voices of the men of Hebron Road have always been a church favorite,” Graham said in a press release.
“Their beautifully woven vocal gifts are on full display in this first modern inspirational music project. And as great as they are as singers, they are even greater men of God.
Briscoe said that while the trio have a strong desire to lead people into true worship, their mission goes beyond just music.
“Music is just one part of our focus,” Briscoe said. “We want there to be a ministry, and we want to point people to Jesus and we don’t want to draw attention. We want the message of the music to be clear, regardless of the musical style.
In particular, the trio wishes to serve and equip local churches in their worship efforts, both in Prestonwood and other local churches they visit for performances.
“We want the congregations we serve to sing and participate with us,” Briscoe said. “It’s not a performance, and a personal encounter is really what it’s all about.
“We love the local church, grew up singing in the local church and want to be loyal to the local church. We really want to encourage the body of Christ, regardless of the size of the church. »
The band members hope their close bond shines through in their music in a way that shows the familial love the three have for each other.
“It’s an opportunity to use all the gifts we have, and we want people to feel like we’re family,” Alan Monk said. “There are so many times where we stress about different things, but when the music starts and we’re together, it all fades away.”
Jarrod Monk echoed his father’s sentiment.
“It’s cool for me personally to look back because they both played such a huge part in my journey as a singer and a worshiper,” Jarrod Monk said. “It’s not just about doing it with my dad, but also with Rick, who has been such a big part of my growing up.”
Briscoe concluded by saying that the group simply wants to serve the Church by leading people into God’s presence in worship, no matter what setting they are in.
“When we come into the presence of God, most of the time our circumstances don’t change, but your perspective on your situation completely changes when you come into the presence of the Lord,” Briscoe said.
“We want to make sure we involve the people we lead. It is not a performance. We don’t necessarily want to become concert performers; we want to encourage the body of Christ.