After connecting at their church in 2009, Bellarive’s six members - Sean Curran (lead vocals, keys), Melissa Mage (vocals, percussion), her brother Mike Mage (programming, vocals, guitar), Zach Glotfelty (lead guitar), Josh Luker (bass, percussion), and Kenny Werner (drums) - felt like kindred spirits right away. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that they realized God’s calling for them was to become a band.
"We were leading worship a lot together but hadn't really looked past that," Curran expresses, who is also the band's principal songwriter. “God started placing these song ideas on our hearts so we started meeting up once a week just to kind of figure out what we should do with this.”
Soon after recording an EP, The Being Human Project...Start Listening, Bellarive -meaning "beautiful river" - signed a deal with Sparrow Records. "We were resonating with our friends from Sparrow because it seemed they wanted to partner with us for the right reasons," Curran continues. "They saw God in what we were doing, and they wanted to be a catalyst for that work.”
The members of Bellarive hope that the music of The Heartbeat pulls the listener closer to the depths of God's heart, which is why even their song sequence has a intentionality to it. "When we were writing these songs, they definitely all seemed of a set," shares Curran. "Each one revealed a little bit more of who God is to all of us, a different glimpse of His glory or love and getting deeper and deeper into His heart.”
What a great cd! I popped this cd in my truck and was instantly uplifted. Sean Curran's vocals are pure and really resonated with me. With great inspiring songs, using every imaginable instrument I can think of, this is a stellar cd filled with songs that inspire and filled with God's love. If you like Christian bands, definitely pick up Bellarive's debut album, The Heartbeat. It will really make you feel good!
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