Friday Flashback – Serving the Campus Ministry

November 18, 2011

[In 2011 Keynote celebrates 45 years of ministry. We thought we would use our Friday posts to look back on God’s faithfulness through the years.]

In 2000, Keynote staff members combined with Campus Crusade staff members from Switzerland to form a short-term pop alternative band called All Too Real. In a four-month span from February to May, this group conducted a barnstorming tour of the U.S. that included two separate trips to the West Coast.

In the fall of 2000, two new bands were launched to work specifically with the Campus Ministry of Campus Crusade: X-nelo and WhaleDays. X-nelo, a guitar-driven modern rock band performed covers from bands such as Pearl Jam, U2 and Matchbox 20. The band served campuses across the U.S. by providing evangelistic concerts as well as crowd-generating events to provide contacts for future ministry.

WhaleDays was a praise and worship band designed to model worship-leading and train others to do the same. The initial concept for the band included a weekend conference for training Campus Crusade worship teams in song selection, heart attitudes, transitions and musicality. In 2001 WhaleDays became Chasing Elvis, a funky alternative band performing a unique blend of cover songs and artsy original music. Chasing Elvis continued to serve the Campus Ministry and added outreach concerts with high school audiences and military personnel.

Click on the picture below or the picture on the right to hear a song by the band.

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