With a handful of instruments and an abandoned chapel, they began to gather for worship. Within two years the small group of ten exploded into hundreds of students. Many lives were radically changed; God’s Kingdom had begun to invade. Life Support consists of Alex Stephen (vocals/synths), Deanna Leil (vocals/synths), Rob Reid (guitars/vocals), Jordan Mattie (guitars/vocals), Chris Lively (bass), and Andrew Asare (drums). Life Support has been together for six years and has since moved beyond the walls of St. Francis Xavier University to become missionaries to Canada.
The band has been touring their country full time for two years partnering with organizations for major conferences such as Toronto’s Mission Fest, Global Day of Prayer, BCOQ's Blizzard, Jesus To The Nations, Maritime Youth Convention, and East Coast Convention with Franklin Graham. They are also actively involved in ministering to churches, youth groups, camps, and retreats. Life Support released their full-length debut in April 2006. Mixed and mastered by Tim Abraham at the Hive in Toronto, the album picked up a nomination for a 2007 East Coast Music Award under "Gospel Recording of the Year". Their song “Out Of Order” was also nominated for a 2006 Canadian Gospel Music Award for “Rock Song of the Year”. For their second album the band joined forces with Tim again.
This time he took on the role of producer, engineer, and mixer. They also teamed up with Craig Douglas (The Craig Douglas Band / The Meeting House) and both Tim and Craig lent a hand to composition. The band spent the spring and summer of 2007 writing and reworking material for their sophomore release. Through the pre-production process, the band began shaping a new, experimental sound with more complex compositions, atmospheric sonic textures, and extended instrumental explorations.
The result could be called “art rock” worship, and draws on the influences of Mute Math, Switchfoot, and Hillsong United. The album has picked up six music award nominations: A 2009 JUNO Award nomination for Contemporary Christian Album of the Year, A 2009 East Coast Music Award nomination for “Gospel Recording of The Year”, A Music Nova Scotia Award nomination for “Inspirational Album of The Year”, and three Canadian Gospel Music Award nominations for "Modern Worship Song of the Year" ("Made For This"), "Rock Song of the Year" ("Your Love in The World"), and "Modern Worship Album of the Year" ("Roar of Heaven"). It was Life Support’s desire with this album to capture the sounds of Heaven, creating music that will be an expression and extension of the Kingdom, and ultimately bring glory to God! The album was recorded between the Hive and Metalworks Studios, Toronto and mastered by Phil Demetro (Our Lady Peace, The Trews) at Lacquer Channel, Toronto. J.T. Daly (Mute Math) of Nashville took care of the album artwork and design.
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