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Ransomed Band perhaps should win some sort of eclectic appearance award.
Consider the fact that the six-person, country-pop-rock ensemble will play a praise-and-worship set at 6:30 p.m. Friday at a Night of Praise and Worship at Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road.
Then members will play a Nov. 8 and 9 women’s retreat at Columbus’ First Christian Church.
After that, they’ll return to a favorite spot, The Garage Pub & Grill, 308 Fourth St. in Columbus, at 9 p.m. Nov. 15.
The band also has played for business openings, corporate picnics ... you name it.
The group’s set list is just as varied.
“We jokingly say we should call ourselves Random Band because our set list is full of so many different genres and types of music,” said guitarist and founder Mike Riley. “Somehow it all flows during a show, though, and makes for a very fun musical experience.”
Members play everything from Adele to Aretha Franklin, Don Williams to Dolly Parton, The Beatles to The Temptations, among others.
The group formed about a year ago from a nucleus of First Christian’s praise and worship band with a goal of playing the downtown Columbus Farmer’s Market. That gig never materialized, but plenty of others did, from Dancin’ DJs at FairOaks Mall to ArtHouse Columbus. And now the band is beginning to pen its own inspirational, upbeat tunes to go with recent crowd-favorite covers such as The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” and Fergie’s “Clumsy.”
The group’s appearances and more can be found at facebook.com/RansomedBand.
Members Riley and bassist Rick Thomas answered a few questions for us.
What’s with your upbeat, happy stage presence in a day of sometimes-angry rockers?
Well, we all love the Lord and love music, so using the gifts God has given us brings us joy. Deena Bates and Sarah Dismore, as our main vocalists, have an air of confidence, a love of music, and a fun and playful stage presence that captures an audience. You just have to smile when you watch them sing.
Sarah can play four, maybe five chords on the guitar and is actually totally stoked about that. The band, however, will not let her play.
What do you all listen to most?
We all have a pretty wide range of musical tastes and that shows in our set lists. There is truly something for everyone.
What do you want people to take away from a live show?
We hope people enjoy what we offer and we hope our faith comes through on some of the songs. We always close with “Come To Jesus” or a Chris Tomlin Christian worship song called “White Flag.” It ends with the line “We lift the cross, lift it high.” How many times has that been played at 12:30 a.m. at a bar?
What are your future plans?
We are going to focus more on music that expresses our faith and features some of Deena’s original music as well as start writing our own.
Our hope is to play at local and regional churches for retreats, special events, or just to offer a different worship experience for the various congregations in town. We will also be pursuing Christian music festivals in the future as well.
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