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By ROBERT VILLANUEVA email@example.com
ELIZABETHTOWN— The judges of a Christian band competition recently heeded Wisdom’s Call and made the Elizabethtown Christian rock band a contender for a recording contract.
“This is huge for us,” lead vocalist/bass guitarist Pete DiPietro said.
Wisdom’s Call won as best Christian rock band in The Battle For Christ finals competition in Athens, Tenn., a competition that drew 48 bands from a multi-state area. The competition consisted of several elimination rounds beginning in February, culminating in the finals on May 16.
In addition to DiPietro, the band consists of Jacob Allen, lead guitar/background vocals; Patrick Small, rhythm guitar; and Tracey Poddam, drums.
After winning in the Christian rock category, Wisdom’s Call went on to the final competition that put them on top for best overall band. That earned them a spot in Ichthus, a festival in Wilmore, Ky. that will showcase more than 111 bands on seven stages on 111 acres.
Wisdom’s Call will perform as well as compete at the festival.
Ichthus will be held Wednesday through Saturday with the performance by Wisdom’s Call 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday on the Deep End stage. The group will also compete against nine other bands in the Ascenxion Scout Project competition 9 a.m.-noon Thursday on the Deep End stage. Each band gets to perform for 15 minutes.
The grand prize winner of the Ascenxion Scout Project competition will receive a 10-minute slot on the Main stage noon Friday and will have a 30-minute set 3 p.m. Saturday on the Deep End stage. The winner will also go on to the national competition in Nashville where they will vie for a development deal with Word Records.
“It is real exciting,” DiPietro said.
Additionally, Wisdom’s Call will be the opening band for the headlining band at the CrossFest, a festival to be held in Tennessee at a date and time to be determined later.
In preparation for The Battle For Christ competition, the band practiced two or three times a week for three or four hours each session. DiPietro said they have been keeping a similar schedule in preparation for Ichthus.
Describing the band’s sound as hard, “almost metallish,” with “melodic metal rock” vocals, DiPietro believes it is unique. That’s not so say the influences of other musicians can’t be detected, though.
“You may get a little taste of some band here and there,” he said.
DiPietro said the band got the judges’ comments on their performance from the Tennessee competition to get an idea of areas for improvement. They were excited to see all the comments were positive.
Still, they plan to make sure to keep it that way, especially the choreography.
“We try to keep it real lively on stage,” DiPietro said.
The band members thoroughly enjoy performing, he said, adding the results are nothing short of divine intervention.
“We believe God is doing some great things in the band for us,” DiPietro said.
TO LEARN MORE
To find out more about Wisdom’s Call, visit their MySpace page at www.myspace.com/wisdomscallofficialmyspace or e-mail the band at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Ichthus Festival visit www.ichthusfestival.org.
Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743.