Oakland
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Sailing from West Palm Beach, FL onto the music scene in Nashville, TN, Christian band, Oakland is one that captivates its audience. Lead singer Bryan Reynolds’ powerful and moving vocal presence backed vocalist and rhythm guitarist Korey Hunt, guitarist Eddie Beckley, bassist Jared Ison, and drummer Campbell Forrest will not fail to grab your attention. “Writing songs is easy,” explains front man Bryan Reynolds. “But writing about the fears and doubts that go on in a Christian’s heart into a song was a bit more difficult. It’s especially perplexing to write about all the good things of God and to give him Glory when those very doubts and fears are present in myself!” Since it’s inception in 2009, Oakland has successfully completed two South-East Regional tours and recording an EP. In the summer of 2010 and 2011 the band set out on these regional tours where they played at camps, churches, and outreach events. As a band, they had a heart to step down off the stage and serve in the camp kitchen or serve as leaders. Through these ministries, each member of the band developed excellent relationships with students that far surpass the time that they are with them and in many cases these relationships stem into discipleship. The origin of the name “Oakland”: In Genesis 35, God speaks to Jacob and commands him to move with his family (Israel) to Bethel. In obedience, Jacob then goes before his family and tells them to bring their false idols. When they brought them, he took the idols and buried them underneath the oak tree, and moved to Bethel to make sacrifices to God. .