FOUR24: "IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH"
It's 1998 in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. A group of young men is gathered around a piano in an empty church sanctuary. Their fingers snapping frantically to keep the rhythm as they begin singing a song together. There is no crowd or audience; the service has been over for a while and the congregation is long gone, most-likely eating lunch or taking that popular after-church nap. But the young men stick around, almost like their feet are held to the floor with glue. It doesn't feel like the right time to eat, or even leave the church for that matter. Something was happening, something big...something divine. Working together with a master vocal arranger, the inexperienced voices suddenly begin to meld together unexpectedly, weaving into a complicated harmony. This was the moment when a few young men realized another purpose in their lives...the moment when a ministry was born.
In the early days, the group was known as "Dedicated". Taking inspiration from the powerhouse vocal group Take 6, they developed a sound that was built on complicated vocal harmonies. They spent hours in basement rehearsals honing their gifts. As they matured, their purpose seemed to materialize in front of their eyes: to provide an alternative to the negative music that was out there & to make it relevant, especially to the younger generations. With this thought in mind, they took their music outside of the church walls and hit the streets of Philadelphia. Along with the new purpose, came the desire to redefine the band's identity. They spent months trying to find a name that represented this new sense of passionate worship. One day, when reading over the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, they came across a verse in John 4:24. "God is Spirit, those who worship Him must worship in Spirit & in Truth." Jesus had put into words what the band had been feeling in their hearts. Soon, the verse became the foundation for their evolution and inspired them to take the name: Four24.
Soon they began to meet others who shared in the same vision. With this came an infusion of new, diverse talents into the ministry. Eventually, Four24 would become a full band. They still held on to the harmonies from the early days but now the style of worship seemed to shift to a new place, a higher place. The addition of these gifted musicians gave Four24 the flexibility to be more dynamic in worship and more creative in the songwriting process. It was at about this time that Four24 began producing and recording their own music as an independent band. To date, they have completed three albums: Libre/Free (2000); A Higher Place (2005) and Ablaze (2010). Each album was produced by Four24, featuring many original songs by current and past band members. They have received a ton of support from audiences and fans, selling more than 5000 CDs and donating thousands more to those in need. In addition to the recording success, Four24 has also received a number of accolades in the Christian music industry. They include: first place in the CybermusicCentral.com talent competition, finalists in TBN's "Exalting Him" talent competition and radio play for one of the songs from their album: A Higher Place ("I Thank God For You" - XM, The Fish).
Today, Four24 continues to provide positive and encouraging music to audiences in their hometown of Philadelphia and across the U.S. They deliver a passionate and encouraging message of hope; always striving to worship the way that Christ asked us to worship, "In Spirit and in Truth".