33 Miles are a popular American contemporary Christian all male group from Franklin, Tennessee. The band was formed in 2005 at Brentwood, TN, USA and released their debut album, 33Miles, two years later in 2007. The band’s distinctive musical form combines elements of Pop and Christian Rock with a strong and easily recognizable Country element.
33 Miles comprise three talented musicians: Jason Barton, Chris Lockwood and Collin Stoddard. Jason is the group’s lead vocalist and is from Gilbert, Louisiana. Chris, from Mobile, Alabama, provides backing vocals and plays the guitar; while Collin, from Craig, Colorado, also provides backing vocals and is an
accomplished keys and piano player. The band is heavily influenced by the church and each of the members is married, managing to combine solid Christian family life with a busy and demanding touring schedule.
The group’s first album, 33 Miles was released in April 10, 2007 by INO records, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers album chart. This debut album also made a creditable 16th place on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart.
The band’s name was derived from the number of years Jesus Christ lived before being crucified and this theme has had a powerful and enduring influence in the life of the group and in their musical expression.
Jason Barton, in describing the redeeming power of Jesus, says: “He was a friend to the friendless, He loved the unlovable and He gave of Himself selflessly by dying on the cross in our place so that we could live forever.” An insight on just how powerfully this theme continues to drive the band can be glimpsed from their lead vocalist when he says: “We want to follow Christ. We want our ‘Miles’ to have purpose and meaning and to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. We aren’t promised a certain number of miles, so what are we going to do with the ‘Miles’ that we are given?”
Fans are in no doubt what this talented band is doing with their mileage on Earth as they continue to inspire Christian music lovers all over the world with their poignant and powerful message. Their second album, One Life, was released in September 16, 2008 by INO records and resounds with a powerful urgency, reminding Christians the importance of making their life on Earth worthwhile, meaningful and aligned to God’s purpose, in the time that we have. Jason Barton puts it candidly: “The theme of the album is simple; it is about loving God and living every mile to the fullest.”
The media have been quick to recognize the rich musical talent of this enduring young band from Franklin, Tennessee and it was not a surprise to anybody in the music industry when the group was nominated for the Gospel Music Association Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.
As they continue to inspire multitudes with their music and inspiring spiritual message, they are sure to gain more awards and recognition in the remaining ‘Miles’ they have on Earth.
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