Contemporary Christian rock/pop quintet Tenth Avenue North were among the performers at the recent GRAMMY Block Party & Membership Celebration hosted by The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter. During the event, the group participated in an interview with GRAMMY.com, discussing the music scene in Nashville, creative influences and their brand-new album, The Struggle.
"I think for us [The Struggle is] a really great step," says lead vocalist/guitarist Mike Donehey. "Our hope is to humble the proud and lift up the broken. Hopefully, it's … a musical step forward for us. "
Formed in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tenth Avenue North comprises Donehey, Jason Jamison (drums), Ruben Juarez (bass), Jeff Owen (guitar), and Brendon Shirley (keyboards). Following the release of multiple independent albums, the band signed with Reunion Records and issued their label debut, Over And Underneath, in 2008. The album peaked in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the Billboard Christian Songs Top 5 hit "Hold My Heart." In 2010 Tenth Avenue North released The Light Meets The Dark, which climbed to No. 15 on the Billboard 200. The album featured the hits "Healing Begins" and "You Are More," the latter topping the Christian Songs chart.
Released in August, The Struggle hit No. 9 on the Billboard 200. Produced by GRAMMY-nominated producer Jason Ingram, the album features 12 songs co-written by various band members, including "Losing," which is currently No. 2 on the Christian Songs chart. Tenth Avenue North are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour in support of The Struggle, with dates scheduled through January 2013.