iBand Hits 1,000,000 Views

So you’ve no doubt seen the North Point iBand video.

And so have One Million other people!


(OK, we know that’s not true.  I mean, I count for about 50 of those hits, just in checking the counter.  And you’ve seen it a few times as well, gathering friends and family around the computer. And my mom probably counts for 65,000 views…)


But, the absolute coolest thing about the buzz this video and performance has to be the fact that people have been able to share it with people they care about that might not go to church, or have a pre-concieved distaste for church – people that have been hurt in the past by Christians, or think that church is an outdated, stuffy place full of judgmental hypocrites. (Unfortunately, in many cases that’s correct.)

Around here, the verbage is “Invest and Invite” – a chance to be a positive influence in the life of a non-Christian, and when the time’s right, invite them to a church that is engaging, informative and helpful. And that maybe they’ll take a baby step towards placing their faith in a God that loves them, and has abundant grace for whatever their situation in life is.


I was interviewed by  The Toronto Star earlier this week. Sure, we talked about all the story behind the iBand, but the one thing that stopped her short was when she asked “why” we did it in the first place. I told her,

“We love to do stuff at the beginning of a service that engages people. Maybe it’s a familiar song that makes them smile, or a humorous bit that makes them laugh.  It’s all in attempt to soften people’s hearts to better receive the  message they’ll hear later in the service.”


That’s a filter we program our services through.  Just like any good communicator starts a talk with an engaging of funny anecdote to get the audience on board, the same goes for a 65 minutes church service.  It’s not overly religious or moody, convicting or sappy – just 5 minutes of something to brighten your day.  And, with any luck, the rest of the service is so impacting and their faith journey is one step closer to God, that they’ve actually forgotten the Opener when they leave.

So for critics that condemned us for doing something in church that wasn’t “Godly” or “Christian”, or that we should be busier saving souls than practicing on iPads – they obviously weren’t in attendance for the other 60 minutes of that – or any – North Point service.

But, again, you knew that 🙂


PS – I’ll work on getting those Bebot settings from Jared…


4 thoughts on “iBand Hits 1,000,000 Views

  1. Hey Reid, thanks for posting the apps you used to create Northpoint’s iBand. About Carol of the Bells, is there a loop playing throughout the song? Do you know where I can find the loop?


    • Josh,

      Yes, there was a loop in the song, but I cannot get it for you. It was created / built and played live using SoundGrid. That was Eddie’s part, and it’s a bit of a beast to wrangle. But turned out great in the end.

      Give a whirl, and put your own creativity on it! I’m sure it will be great!

  2. Hey Reid,

    We want to try an iband this year for Christmas 🙂 Our worship pastor wants to use students, and I was wondering how you guys learned the parts. Did you write anything down for the band to follow or did you all just kind of improv it? Did you use a click track to keep everyone together? Just trying to get some ideas.


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