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SaltBox

Nixa, Missouri, United States

Nixa, Missouri, United States
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Republic, Missouri, USA

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Saltbox is back again, and this time, they’re out to start a Revolution! This disc is Metallica-meets-Jesus Christ, with gritty vocals by front man James Rees. “The Revolution” is a straight-up rock record, with a no holds-barred approach to ministering the truth to a generation that has the power to set this world on FIRE with the truth of Jesus! Let’s take a jaunt through the album, hitting just a few personal high-points and observations:
From the first note, this record says, “Caution: Face-Melting Rock Directly Ahead.” The first track, “We Are an Army” jumps out of the gate full-throttle, beckoning this generation to rise up and wade into battle!
Track two is a song called, “Addicted to You.” It hammers home that the addictions this world offers aren’t going to produce the rush or the high that never goes away – but becoming so completely dedicated to a relationship with Jesus Christ, developing an ‘addiction’ to Him and to His truth – now THAT is the rush that won’t end!
Moving along to “Near Now,” at track three…and this is no ‘milktoasty’ tune – but is 4:16 of pulling you into a closer relationship with the One that won’t ever let you down.
“Solid Ground” is one of those songs that you want to put on repeat and listen to about three times in a row, just so you can try to soak it all in. Very much a power ballad, taking you back to the feel of 80s-90s (which I fully dig).
Next, we catch “Save Me from Myself.” Who hasn’t wanted someone to do that for them? As with the rest of the songs on the album – they point to the only One who’s truly capable of saving us, even from ourselves!
Anyone who has those “militant days” will really get into “Here We Are.” This song draws a line in the sand saying, “We aren’t gonna back down or water down the truth! Make your choice – do you want a piece of us?” I’d have to say that after spending some time with the band, this is kind of a signature song for the trio. They’re going to minister Jesus to whoever is within earshot. No time to back up and take it easy.
“The Anthem” is basically the theme track to the record. The point is simple – now is the time…we are the generation…and it’s time to start The Revolution. No more time to wait around for the silent majority to develop a voice – the voice is US.
If you ever wanted to know what it would sound like to have Stone Temple Pilots, Creed, and Metallica put out a Christian Rock song – listen to “Let Me Be.” Nuf Sed.
The next-to-the-last track on the CD is an incredibly personal song for the band, and is probably the most difficult to try to write just a few words about. “Beautiful Was Her Name” is a song honoring the life of Rees’ mother, and the love poured into this track is readily apparent. More than a ballad, this song is a testament to God’s love, His grace, and His ability to overcome. It’s a song that weighs heavily on the heart, but brings with it a wonderful peace, because we know that we will again be reunited with those we love on the other side of the gates of Heaven.
Finishing up the record is a song that gets you wound up and ready for more. “Round and Round” brings home the message that life is a wild ride…we only get one shot at it…so we need to make it count, because nobody knows where or when our journey on this earth will end. It’s not a strong-arming or apocalyptic tune by any means – it’s just bringing out the truth that the only way we’re going to make an impact – is to DO IT…hence the overall message of the CD – we need to BE “The Revolution.”
Fred Young
Program/Music Director, The Pulse Channel
- The Pulse Channel


Saltbox is back again, and this time, they’re out to start a Revolution! This disc is Metallica-meets-Jesus Christ, with gritty vocals by front man James Rees. “The Revolution” is a straight-up rock record, with a no holds-barred approach to ministering the truth to a generation that has the power to set this world on FIRE with the truth of Jesus! Let’s take a jaunt through the album, hitting just a few personal high-points and observations:
From the first note, this record says, “Caution: Face-Melting Rock Directly Ahead.” The first track, “We Are an Army” jumps out of the gate full-throttle, beckoning this generation to rise up and wade into battle!
Track two is a song called, “Addicted to You.” It hammers home that the addictions this world offers aren’t going to produce the rush or the high that never goes away – but becoming so completely dedicated to a relationship with Jesus Christ, developing an ‘addiction’ to Him and to His truth – now THAT is the rush that won’t end!
Moving along to “Near Now,” at track three…and this is no ‘milktoasty’ tune – but is 4:16 of pulling you into a closer relationship with the One that won’t ever let you down.
“Solid Ground” is one of those songs that you want to put on repeat and listen to about three times in a row, just so you can try to soak it all in. Very much a power ballad, taking you back to the feel of 80s-90s (which I fully dig).
Next, we catch “Save Me from Myself.” Who hasn’t wanted someone to do that for them? As with the rest of the songs on the album – they point to the only One who’s truly capable of saving us, even from ourselves!
Anyone who has those “militant days” will really get into “Here We Are.” This song draws a line in the sand saying, “We aren’t gonna back down or water down the truth! Make your choice – do you want a piece of us?” I’d have to say that after spending some time with the band, this is kind of a signature song for the trio. They’re going to minister Jesus to whoever is within earshot. No time to back up and take it easy.
“The Anthem” is basically the theme track to the record. The point is simple – now is the time…we are the generation…and it’s time to start The Revolution. No more time to wait around for the silent majority to develop a voice – the voice is US.
If you ever wanted to know what it would sound like to have Stone Temple Pilots, Creed, and Metallica put out a Christian Rock song – listen to “Let Me Be.” Nuf Sed.
The next-to-the-last track on the CD is an incredibly personal song for the band, and is probably the most difficult to try to write just a few words about. “Beautiful Was Her Name” is a song honoring the life of Rees’ mother, and the love poured into this track is readily apparent. More than a ballad, this song is a testament to God’s love, His grace, and His ability to overcome. It’s a song that weighs heavily on the heart, but brings with it a wonderful peace, because we know that we will again be reunited with those we love on the other side of the gates of Heaven.
Finishing up the record is a song that gets you wound up and ready for more. “Round and Round” brings home the message that life is a wild ride…we only get one shot at it…so we need to make it count, because nobody knows where or when our journey on this earth will end. It’s not a strong-arming or apocalyptic tune by any means – it’s just bringing out the truth that the only way we’re going to make an impact – is to DO IT…hence the overall message of the CD – we need to BE “The Revolution.”
Fred Young
Program/Music Director, The Pulse Channel
- The Pulse Channel


Saltbox is back again, and this time, they’re out to start a Revolution! This disc is Metallica-meets-Jesus Christ, with gritty vocals by front man James Rees. “The Revolution” is a straight-up rock record, with a no holds-barred approach to ministering the truth to a generation that has the power to set this world on FIRE with the truth of Jesus! Let’s take a jaunt through the album, hitting just a few personal high-points and observations:
From the first note, this record says, “Caution: Face-Melting Rock Directly Ahead.” The first track, “We Are an Army” jumps out of the gate full-throttle, beckoning this generation to rise up and wade into battle!
Track two is a song called, “Addicted to You.” It hammers home that the addictions this world offers aren’t going to produce the rush or the high that never goes away – but becoming so completely dedicated to a relationship with Jesus Christ, developing an ‘addiction’ to Him and to His truth – now THAT is the rush that won’t end!
Moving along to “Near Now,” at track three…and this is no ‘milktoasty’ tune – but is 4:16 of pulling you into a closer relationship with the One that won’t ever let you down.
“Solid Ground” is one of those songs that you want to put on repeat and listen to about three times in a row, just so you can try to soak it all in. Very much a power ballad, taking you back to the feel of 80s-90s (which I fully dig).
Next, we catch “Save Me from Myself.” Who hasn’t wanted someone to do that for them? As with the rest of the songs on the album – they point to the only One who’s truly capable of saving us, even from ourselves!
Anyone who has those “militant days” will really get into “Here We Are.” This song draws a line in the sand saying, “We aren’t gonna back down or water down the truth! Make your choice – do you want a piece of us?” I’d have to say that after spending some time with the band, this is kind of a signature song for the trio. They’re going to minister Jesus to whoever is within earshot. No time to back up and take it easy.
“The Anthem” is basically the theme track to the record. The point is simple – now is the time…we are the generation…and it’s time to start The Revolution. No more time to wait around for the silent majority to develop a voice – the voice is US.
If you ever wanted to know what it would sound like to have Stone Temple Pilots, Creed, and Metallica put out a Christian Rock song – listen to “Let Me Be.” Nuf Sed.
The next-to-the-last track on the CD is an incredibly personal song for the band, and is probably the most difficult to try to write just a few words about. “Beautiful Was Her Name” is a song honoring the life of Rees’ mother, and the love poured into this track is readily apparent. More than a ballad, this song is a testament to God’s love, His grace, and His ability to overcome. It’s a song that weighs heavily on the heart, but brings with it a wonderful peace, because we know that we will again be reunited with those we love on the other side of the gates of Heaven.
Finishing up the record is a song that gets you wound up and ready for more. “Round and Round” brings home the message that life is a wild ride…we only get one shot at it…so we need to make it count, because nobody knows where or when our journey on this earth will end. It’s not a strong-arming or apocalyptic tune by any means – it’s just bringing out the truth that the only way we’re going to make an impact – is to DO IT…hence the overall message of the CD – we need to BE “The Revolution.”
On and off the stage, Saltbox lives to serve and show the love of Jesus Christ to everyone they come into contact with. It’s not uncommon for the Spirit of God to lead them to enter into a time of prayer or ministry in the middle of one of their shows, and people come to Christ, are healed, set free from all sorts of bondages – through a family trio with a heart for God. Saltbox’s music and this record are vehicles driven to take the band to - Fred Young: Program/Music Director, The Pulse Channel


Saltbox is back again, and this time, they’re out to start a Revolution! This disc is Metallica-meets-Jesus Christ, with gritty vocals by front man James Rees. “The Revolution” is a straight-up rock record, with a no holds-barred approach to ministering the truth to a generation that has the power to set this world on FIRE with the truth of Jesus! Let’s take a jaunt through the album, hitting just a few personal high-points and observations:
From the first note, this record says, “Caution: Face-Melting Rock Directly Ahead.” The first track, “We Are an Army” jumps out of the gate full-throttle, beckoning this generation to rise up and wade into battle!
Track two is a song called, “Addicted to You.” It hammers home that the addictions this world offers aren’t going to produce the rush or the high that never goes away – but becoming so completely dedicated to a relationship with Jesus Christ, developing an ‘addiction’ to Him and to His truth – now THAT is the rush that won’t end!
Moving along to “Near Now,” at track three…and this is no ‘milktoasty’ tune – but is 4:16 of pulling you into a closer relationship with the One that won’t ever let you down.
“Solid Ground” is one of those songs that you want to put on repeat and listen to about three times in a row, just so you can try to soak it all in. Very much a power ballad, taking you back to the feel of 80s-90s (which I fully dig).
Next, we catch “Save Me from Myself.” Who hasn’t wanted someone to do that for them? As with the rest of the songs on the album – they point to the only One who’s truly capable of saving us, even from ourselves!
Anyone who has those “militant days” will really get into “Here We Are.” This song draws a line in the sand saying, “We aren’t gonna back down or water down the truth! Make your choice – do you want a piece of us?” I’d have to say that after spending some time with the band, this is kind of a signature song for the trio. They’re going to minister Jesus to whoever is within earshot. No time to back up and take it easy.
“The Anthem” is basically the theme track to the record. The point is simple – now is the time…we are the generation…and it’s time to start The Revolution. No more time to wait around for the silent majority to develop a voice – the voice is US.
If you ever wanted to know what it would sound like to have Stone Temple Pilots, Creed, and Metallica put out a Christian Rock song – listen to “Let Me Be.” Nuf Sed.
The next-to-the-last track on the CD is an incredibly personal song for the band, and is probably the most difficult to try to write just a few words about. “Beautiful Was Her Name” is a song honoring the life of Rees’ mother, and the love poured into this track is readily apparent. More than a ballad, this song is a testament to God’s love, His grace, and His ability to overcome. It’s a song that weighs heavily on the heart, but brings with it a wonderful peace, because we know that we will again be reunited with those we love on the other side of the gates of Heaven.
Finishing up the record is a song that gets you wound up and ready for more. “Round and Round” brings home the message that life is a wild ride…we only get one shot at it…so we need to make it count, because nobody knows where or when our journey on this earth will end. It’s not a strong-arming or apocalyptic tune by any means – it’s just bringing out the truth that the only way we’re going to make an impact – is to DO IT…hence the overall message of the CD – we need to BE “The Revolution.”
On and off the stage, Saltbox lives to serve and show the love of Jesus Christ to everyone they come into contact with. It’s not uncommon for the Spirit of God to lead them to enter into a time of prayer or ministry in the middle of one of their shows, and people come to Christ, are healed, set free from all sorts of bondages – through a family trio with a heart for God. Saltbox’s music and this record are vehicles driven to take the band to - Fred Young: Program/Music Director, The Pulse Channel


"This trio from Nixa, Mo, plays a straight-up rock not to distant from the modern rock of Red, Breaking Benjamin." -HM Magazine - HM Magazine


Discography

The Revolution (CD/DVD) 2012
Out of the Box (CD) 2008
Radio Airplay: Do You Believe It-Out of the Box, The Anthem-The Revolution, Round and Round-The Revolution

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Bio

The music industry says that our bio is supposed to be written in third person, and we are supposed to tell you all of the great things that we have done. I have written bios several times; just to be honest, I have grown weary of singing our accolades. What I really want to do is share with you who and what SaltBox is.

My name is James Rees, they call me "Pops", and I am the front man for our band. So the first thing I want to tell you is this: SaltBox is more than just a band, it’s a movement. As a band we are passionately pursuing a generation that does not know Christ, and we are determined to see a move of God in our day! I have to tell you though, it has not always been that way. My brother, Joel also known as "Beats," and I started the band in 2004. God spoke to us that we were supposed to start a band, so we did. We worked diligently for a few years, and we saw some cool things happen. We were gaining what I thought was an impressive resume for marketing the band. We were also getting really good at putting on a “bring down the house” live show. All of this was fueling our album and merch sales. The demand for us to play was growing to the point where we could see “the light at the end of the tunnel”. We were passionately pursuing our music as a career, and it was starting to pay off.

The next thing you need to know is this: in the midst of all the “good things” happening, I was growing more and more unhappy with where we were as a band. I did not know what was going on, but I could feel myself needing more purpose in what I was doing. I found myself asking “WHY?” a lot. Right in the middle of this search for meaning, God showed up and made a simple statement to me. Little did I know that I was fixing to hear something that would change my life forever. He said to me, “If you want My results, then you have to do things My way!” Well, that seemed simple enough. On the contrary, I suddenly found myself in the middle of a battle between who I was and who I was supposed to be. God began to talk with me about the influence that He had given us as a band. I realized that it was Him giving us influence, and that influence was for a reason other than selling records. I was challenged by the fact that we were not seeing anything of “real” value from all the work we were doing. My eyes were opened to the brokenness of our generation. We were supposed to have the answers for their miserable states, right? God asked us to do things (like share the message of Christ and pray for people) at our shows that were not “normal” for a rock band. Even though it was very awkward for us at first, we started obeying God by doing these things. We were surprised when things started to happen that were beyond our ability to do. Suddenly, we were seeing God change lives in amazing ways. We would pray for people and find out weeks later that God had done something when we prayed; He had healed them and set them free of things that were messing up their lives. Lastly, I want to tell you that God's power is real. He still sets people free from addictions. He still heals sick bodies. He still fixes broken hearts and messed up lives. It is not just something that you read about in the Bible.

Having said all that, not every place we play is open to this kind of ministry. We understand and accept that. It is our desire to become all things to all men, so that we might win some. To a lot of places we are just a rockin band..for them we rock!!! To others we are a positive role model..we take that responsibility seriously. But to some who are praying for help...we get to be an answer to prayer. We are constantly amazed by the things God does! I want you to know that if you have something going on in your life that seems hopeless, God can and will help you, simply because He loves you. Remember that you were created for something greater, so join us in this movement, and influence change in your world!