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Alexandria, Louisiana, United States | INDIE

Alexandria, Louisiana, United States | INDIE
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"Altar'd States"

by Mike Kaylor
Sunday September 30, 2007, 5:21 PM

The band Altar'd gave high-energy praises for the heavenly afternoon as a hundred or so early Jammers lined the front of the stage.??The group's version of "I'm Not Ashamed*" had the crowd waving.??The five-piece band of rockers was plugging its souvenirs "so we can get back to Louisiana."??It was a great way to open the show on The Rock Family Worship Center stage.


"Go See This Band"

"These guys have all the makings of a great rock band...great tunes, solid players and an energetic front man. Most importantly, Altar'd has a heart for God. Go see this band..." - Amy Wolter, Tom Jackson Productions

"An exciting and inspirational experience!"

"To worship with Altar'd is to encounter the grace of God through soulful, southern exciting and inspirational experience!"

Bethany Butterfield
Worship Leader/ Director of Jr. High Ministries
First United Methodist Church, Alexandria, LA - Bethany Butterfield

"SYATP Associational Rally"

"What a first impression! My students couldn't stop thanking me for getting this band at our SYATP associational rally. It was just what we needed
to finish up a day of prayer all over our parish. From the first song to the last praise note, these guys brought the house down with their genuine heart
of worship, mixed with their rock out sound of today. I can't imagine what our next event with them will be like, but I know that my students all over
our parish can't wait."

Steve Bryan
Student Pastor
First Baptist Church, Winnsboro, LA - Steve Bryan

"Concert at the Bridge"

The band is a great praise and worship team with a little twist of there own. The music is something that can speak to the believers and the non-believers. The members of the band have their sights on one thing: to be the band that God has called them to be and to do His will with everything that they do. The concert that they put on at the Bridge Fellowship was awesome and people want them to come back as soon as they can. These guys are great!

Dusty Smith
Youth Minister
The Bridge Fellowship-Baton Rouge, LA - Dusty Smith

"Local Christian rock band nominated for four music awards"

Altar’d, a Rapides Parish Christian rock band that has nearly three years of its existence and has managed to awe crowds has been nominated in four categories of the 3rd Annual Momentum Awards, announced.

IndieHeaven, the leading organization supporting independent Christian music artist worldwide, in a press release said the local band has been nominated for: Rock Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

Matt Johns, the vocalist of the Altar’d, said he was pleasantly surprised and excited about the prestigious nominations and people’s support.

“We felt like last year was our strongest year,” Johns said. “We’ve shared the stage with some of the biggest acts in our genre such as Skillet, Toby Mac, and Seventh Day Slumber.”

The award winners, which are being selected by fans in an online voting system, will be presented March 29 in Nashville during the IndieHeaven CIA Summit 2008.

Meanwhile, fans have until Thursday, Jan. 31 to cast votes online. Five finalists from each category will then be selected and a winner will be announced based on vote count and a panel of judges.

Described as an energetic progressive Christian rock band with a broad repertoire of alternative rock’n roll, soulful funk and heart-wrenching worship, Altar’d was born in the Summer of 2004 when vocalist Matt Johns was exploring his long-time passion for music and wanted to record his own CD for his church. Gradually, Johns’s idea to record a CD evolved into a group of college friends who decided to take up the road.

“It was never my intention to have a band that traveled, I was just trying to record a CD … to show people in my home church what kind of music we were playing in college,” the former Louisiana College student said. Members of the band include, guitarists Bryant Baum, Steve Obanion, drummer Blake Powell and Jon Lafitte and bass player.

“God really opened a lot of doors for us, we did about 50 shows that first year together,” Johns said. The band is currently averaging about 40 shows a year and hopes to increase that to about 100 shows this year, he said.

Johns said the awards tossed into the limelight many strong bands, but he is confidant Altar’d will fare well.

“There is a number of strong groups, but we feel that we have a pretty good shot,” to win the awards, Johns said adding that the band has participated in Christian Rock festivals and events in Huntsville, Ala., Rock Hill, SC and in New Mexico.

Thanks to that exposure the band has also received a few record label offers. “The latter part of last year was incredible,” Johns said.

To cast your vote:

to LIsten Altar’d LIVE online:

- The Town Talk


Wait (2005) 13 song praise and worship album, with three live tracks. Several of the songs have been released to local college radio for airplay. Available at

Crimson Dove (2006) This project includes eight of the band's originals, two covers (Dottie Rambo's "I've Never Been This Homesick Before" and Ben and Robin Pasley's "Faithful") and an instrumental. Available at

Altar'd LIVE (2007) An energetic recording packaged as a dvd/cd combo. It includes three brand new songs as well as remixes on some fan favorites. Available on itunes and

Falling EP (August 2009) Five song preview of a 2010 full length release produced by Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee, Barry Blair. Includes first song for music video "Falling" and first global radio single, "You Are There". Avaiable on itunes and August of 2009.

Divided (August 2010) Full length album also produced by Barry Blair. First radio single, Divided, hit the top 50 on Christian Music Weekly's rock chart.
Available on itunes,, and August 2010.



Change is something the Louisiana-based alternative rock band Altar’d has gotten quite used to. Since forming in 2004, the four-member group has gone through multiple members during the process of defining their sound. Founder Matt Johns says the long and arduous honing process was a small price to pay considering the band’s success as of late.

With over 6 years of national touring and five albums under their belt, the band has found the sound that resonates with audiences around the world. Last year the band’s first global radio release, “You Are There”, hit the #1 spot on four Christian Radio Weekly charts and helped Altar’d sell thousands of records across the globe.

Over the years, Altar’d has played hundreds of dates and shared the stage with some of today’s top artists including Toby Mac, Skillet, Red, Family Force 5, Seventh Day Slumber, Thousand Foot Krutch, Barlow Girl, Hawk Nelson, David Crowder Band, Newsboys, Kutless, Flyleaf, Switchfoot, Leeland, Fireflight, Britt Nicole, Jars of Clay, NEEDTOBREATHE, Sanctus Real, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, LeAnn Rimes, Craig Morgan, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Seether, and Foreigner. Altar’d has played major festivals across the country including Creation Northwest, Big Spring Jam, X-Fest, Christfest, ChristJam, and Shoutfest.

The band has received radio play on hundreds of stations across the world, which helped them hold down the #1 spot for CRW’s Global AC charts for 10 weeks and stay on the charts for 38 weeks.

The band’s 2007 cd/dvd combo project, “Altar’d LIVE”, received much acclaim from the Momentum Awards, earning the band nominations for Rock Band of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year.

Altar’d released their newest album, “Divided”, in the summer 2010. The band will tour the South-Eastern United States in support of the release. “Divided” is the first album for the band under the Star Creek Record label and was produced by Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee, Barry Blair (Audio Adrenaline).

Altar’d is Matt Johns (vox), Blake Powell (drums, bgv), Jon Lafitte (bass), and Corban Calhoun (guitar). They are proud to endorse Gibson Guitars, Composite Acoustic Guitars, Risen Drums, and Mack Amps.




(“Falling” Music Video featured on FUSE-TV)