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Bath, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF

Bath, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
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"SWiM in the Blackwater"

“The Christian rockers are definitely talented; singers Bobby Siegfried and Chris Druckenmiller have great voices reminiscent to Pat Monahan of Train and actually, a little bit of Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, if you can imagine that blend. I didn't catch any of the songs' names, but half were originals and the other half were praise songs. Decent sized crowd for a notoriously slow part of the afternoon.”

- Andrew Daniels (on SWiM's Musikfest 2009 performance) - The Morning Call's Lehigh Valley Music blog


One Way EP (local release)(January 2004),
Redefine the Predictable LP (first professionally recorded release)(December 6, 2008) features 14 original SWiM songs. There is potential for a few of the songs off this album to be heard on online radio streaming.



SWiM is a talented Christian band that grew out of Emmanuel's Lutheran Church contemporary worship. In 2003, former vocalist, Chris, was asked to sing in church. He called Scott (former drummer and vocalist), Kurt (former guitarist), and Bobby (current guitarist, vocalist) to accompany him as he sang. Following their performance, members of the church family encouraged them to play more often. It was that simple. Shortly thereafter, they called JT (current bassist) who quickly joined up. The band's name, SWiM, was originally made up from putting together the first letter of each member's last name. The "i" in the name comes from the Greek word "icthus", which means fish. The fish symbolizes the idea that Jesus is the one constant that holds us all together.
SWiM had the opportunity to open for a well-known Christian group, Dakota Road, in April 2004. At this concert, SWiM began selling their One Way EP. In December 2006, when Kurt left the band due to his Air Force obligations, they added a new member, Chris Druckenmiller (CD). June 2006 saw Scott leave the band and Alex (current drummer) joined up that following August. SWiM has performed all over eastern Pennsylvania and has recently refocused, leading them in a new direction. Since then, SWiM has completed their first professional, recording project at Star City Recording in Bethlehem, PA. The 14-track album features all original music and is called Redefine the Predictable. These days Christianity among youth and young adults is taking on a whole new form and SWiM wants to be a part of it.
SWiM has written over 40 original songs, and their creativity keeps leading them to expand. While their songs speak to their audience in similar ways as most Christian groups, what sets their music apart is that in addition to the 'typical' Christian themes, their music is about real life, as everyone experiences it. Their repertoire includes songs about life, love, broken hearts, natural human struggles, growing up, and much more. Their sound is unique - so much so that it is hard to pinpoint another Christian group that sounds like them, though their worship sound is similar to Chris Tomlin and the David Crowder Band. Generally though, if you like rock and roll, then SWiM has your recipe. The group has been influenced by many groups and songwriters over the years. Some of the most notable include, Jars of Clay, Gin Blossoms, David Crowder, Dave Matthews, U2, Coldplay, Counting Crows, The Beatles, The Who, Rich Mullins, Gregg Alexander, Chris Tomlin, and Lincoln Brewster.
SWiM has recently been doing a number of concerts to help raise money for various groups as a way to help the community in a real and tangible way. They have performed at events for local food banks, for hurricane relief for the Gulf Coast region, for local colleges and even auctioned off a free concert to benefit public television. It is all part of their philosophy to show God’s love by caring for the world in which we live, not just through their music and vocals, but also in ways that directly benefit the community. If you want a band that cares about people and wants to make a difference in their lives, give SWiM a call.