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a pre-concieved distaste for church – people that have been hurt in the past by Christians, or think that church is an outdated, stuffy place full of judgmental hypocrites.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…



North Point iBand Apps

Well, we did the “North Point iBand” for an Opener on Sunday, December 5th, 2010.

If you haven’t seen it…. CLICK HERE



First off, big props to Jared Hamilton for spearheading the effort from our end.

Jared arranged “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Feliz Navidad” using the apps, and creating a demo by multitracking them in Apple’s Logic software (though any Digital Audio Workstation would do the trick).

Jared, Eddie Kirkland and I arranged the first song, “Carol of the Bells“. It’s amazing what you come up with when you sit in a room, hook 3 iPhones up to some speakers, and get adventurous!

Well, many of you have asked, so here are the Apps used:

(NOTE: You’re going to have to looking for them on iTunes yourself. C’mon, you’ve gotta do SOME legwork yourself!)

Carol of the Bells:

Eddie Kirkland, SoundGrid

Reid Greven, NLogFree

Jared Hamilton, Melody Bell

Danny Grady, Guitarist (Nylon String)

Antwane McMullin, drums – iGog (MoreVox Acoustic 1 sound)

Rick Meeder, bass – Bassist

Steve Marcia, Guitarist (Electric)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Antwane McMullin, drums – iGog

Rick Meeder, bass – Bassist

Danny Grady, electric guitar on intro & fills – Guitarist

Steve Marcia, acoustic guitar on main melody – Guitarist

Jared Hamilton, B3 – Pocket Organ

Reid Greven, sax solo – Saxophone Musicofx

Eddie Kirkland, Percussions (Tambourine)

Feliz Navidad

Joe Lee, guiro – Percussions

Antwane McMullin, drums – iGog (Rock Kit 1 sound)

Rick Meeder, bass – Bassist

Danny Grady, nylon string guitar – Guitarist

Ben Snider, clave – Percussions

Steve Marcia, maracas & tambourine – Percussions

Jared Hamilton, melody solo & percussion fills – Bebot, Percussions

Eddie Kirkland, congas & bongos – Percussions

Reid Greven, piano – Pianist

Seth Condrey, vocals – T-Pain