|A CAPPELLA GROUP, “RESCUE” RELIES ON BAG END TO HIT THE LOW NOTES|
Whatever adjective one uses to describe the a cappella group “Rescue” probably fails to do justice in describing the music of this young, entertaining quartet that has burst on to the Christian music scene.
Based in Gresham, Oregon, and only in their seventh year, the group is comprised of three Jasons and a bass who holds the world record - certified by The Guinness Book of World Records - for singing the lowest note ever produced by a human voice. They have produced four albums in the last four years and have made hundreds of appearances in a large variety of venues from churches and colleges to large events such as Promise Keepers, MusiCalifornia and the National Church Music Conference. They even performed a concert for the inmates at Folsom Prison, the penitentiary made famous by the late country icon Johnny Cash. In addition they are seen regularly on Christian television shows and heard on national Christian radio programs.
Members of the group include Jason Overstreet, Jason McKenney and Jason Pearce, all natives of the Portland, Oregon area, and bass Tim Storms, a native of Waterloo, Indiana. It all started in the spring of 1996 when Jason Overstreet had just finished his senior college recital (George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon), in which he had written and performed several a cappella songs. Impressed with his performance, his professors urged him to pursue his musical talent. Having had previous conversations regarding a shared passion for singing, Overstreet got in touch with high-school and college friends Jason McKenney, Chad Krober and Matt Lusk. Together they formed the a cappella quartet that would eventually become “Rescue.” Krober and Lusk left the group during their formative years and were replaced by Pearce and Josh McKenney, and later, Storms.
After performing in the Northwest for a few years, the group entered the studio in November of 1998 and recorded their first CD. After the release in February of 1999, the response to the CD opened the door to an overwhelming number of opportunities – and they were off and running. Storms joined Rescue a little more than a year ago. “It’s amazing the way God works,” he said. “I was singing in a ‘50’s and ‘60’s rock ‘n’ roll show in Branson, Missouri, but was ready to move on. One of my best friends called and said a group in Portland, where he lived, was looking for a bass, so he put me in touch with Jason Overstreet. To make a long story short, I hooked up with the group in September of 2002.
He quickly became an integral part of the group, which delighted in his rich, deep bass. “Have you ever gotten the giggles, when something just strikes you funny and you have to laugh?” said Jason McKenney. “Sometimes it's like that when Tim hits one of his low notes or decides to drop an octave or two on a certain phrase. It’s tough to keep singing because I just want to stop and say, ‘WOW!!!’”
Storms, who says his voice has been deep as long as he can remember, became interested in determining just how low his voice could actually go, and contacted the Guinness people in October of 2000. The result was a specially arranged recording session employing sensitive measuring equipment and a panel of two college music faculty members.
“We concentrated on a couple of octaves below the piano, he said. “I started at subcontra B, the last B on the piano. I sang the B at the bottom of the piano and slid down to the B two octaves below that which is 8 Hz.” What was the point of the exercise? Like the boy who climbed the mountain, just because it was there, “I wanted it documented with scientific instruments. I just wanted to know that I could do it.” Guinness dutifully certified his record in January of 2002.
And that’s where BAG END Loudspeaker Systems entered the picture. Because of his interest in all things low, Storms remembered he had heard of a loudspeaker system that claimed it could reproduce a flat response down to 8 Hz. Subsequently, when one of their tours took them to the Chicago area, Storms arranged to audition an Infrasub system at the BAG END factory in the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Illinois.
Storms and the rest of the group liked what they heard and purchased a complete subwoofer system from BAG END, a pair of D18E-R double-18 subwoofer cabinets and an INFRA-M 8 Hz signal processor.
“As a bass singer, I am very picky when it comes to choosing the right subs,” Storms said. “After singing through many different brands of subs over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that as far as frequency response, tone, tightness of very single note, and power, BAG END subs are by far the most amazing sub I’ve every had the pleasure of using.”
McKenney concurred. “Our sound is so much richer and fuller than it used to be. It has given us new confidence and made our concerts so much fun. These are truly the best subs I have ever heard.”
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