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The Corners

Hannibal, Missouri, United States | SELF

Hannibal, Missouri, United States | SELF
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"Missouri Indie Band Spreads Message Of Authentic Faith"

HANNIBAL — The desire to have some company onstage created a band that, three years later, has music posted online and bookings in Dallas and Houston.

In the summer of 2007, the student activities director at Hannibal-LaGrange College approached then-student Andy Rhea to put together a concert for incoming freshmen at the school’s annual Welcome Week in the fall. The director had heard about Rhea’s creativity — penning songs and giving some acoustic performances in the area. An accomplished musician and poet, Rhea had already released two albums on his own, “This Day” in 2005 and “Seeing and Being Seen” in 2007.

“My goal was not to be alone onstage,” Rhea admitted in a recent interview. He found a few other likeminded musicians — guys already committed to music as individuals — and formed an ensemble, Andy Rhea and His Band.

He was convinced that once the weekend ended, each performer would pursue his own musical interests. “I was so focused on that one show, and I thought we would split up after it,” he said.
Instead, “they were interested and we just kept pursuing it…and just kept progressing.”

Their work attracted Matt Assel, HLG’s director of music ministry ensembles, to join in January 2008. Even though both have jobs — Rhea is minister of music at Central Baptist Church, Quincy, Ill. — they believe God has blended the foursome and is leading the band to fulltime performance.

Rhea leads the band on vocals and guitar, while Matt contributes on keyboard, synthesizer and xylophone. Other members include Rhea’s brother, Daniel, on bass and Foday Mashburn on drums.
“It’s not just a hobby,” Rhea said. “We attribute it all to God. But as we continued to make music, it was really rewarding and we felt like this stuff could really be used.”

As he wrote lyrics, the flow of words and music convicted them to let others hear their message. “The music was a wakeup call to realize we needed to take it seriously,” he said.

While their music is strong, the message is the focus — a message of hope, love and authentic living. “We point toward action, toward living legitimate faith,” he explained.

Assel agrees. “It’s so terribly easy to be a Christian relative to the rest of the world…saying the right words. But that kind of Christian is just not good enough,” he said. “That’s the message we’re trying to get across in a positive way — just be real, learning to adopt the truths from the Bible…not to adopt just the easy way.”

Authenticity often bucks today’s culture, something the band wants to do. “We’re trying to plow a counter culture — not something weird or lame, but something the audience can get passionate about living,” Assel explained.

Rhea believes the band’s independently produced Christian alternative/folk rock genre speaks to the teen and young adult desire for authenticity. “We want to make sure the music we’re trying to make is authentic so that people will feel it’s going through as few filters as possible…and that we aren’t trying to please certain groups,” he said.

That commitment led to the release of four new songs in the EP (extended play) “The Hardest Questions” in October.

On May 1, the band was renamed The Corners and released its EP online. Within 24 hours of the album’s post, it reached 157th of all mp3 releases, 55th among “Hot New Releases” and number one on the “Movers and Shakers” list in overall sales.

They use social networking as a connection to fans and as an additional way to take its message to today’s young people. Fans can find the band’s blog at They also are on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter, and music is available at iTunes and Amazon. They will soon launch
Social networking “fits with the point of what we’re doing,” Rhea said, “to be available and to have an active, wild faith.” - Word & Way

"The Corners - Sun & Rain"

The Corners, formed in 2007 by Andy Rhea and Foday Mashburn, is an indie rock/folk band from Hannibal, Missouri. Although their sound is in some ways similar to that of Mumford and Sons and Young the Giant, there is something original about The Corners that sets them apart.

Two things actually: The fantastic way the songs are written; like stories so vivid that you can capture images in your mind just by listening, and of course, Rhea’s hypnotizing voice.

The band started touring in the spring of 2010, going from Texas to Florida, to Washington and even to Europe. The Corners have performed at local venues as well as music festivals.

On May 5, 2010, they released their second album entitled Sun & Rain. Within 48 hours the album, with its six original tracks, reached an impressive #2 in Amazon’s ‘Hot New Releases’ for the singer/songwriter category.

The album captures so many different moods and emotions all at once. Solemn, soulful and exciting, just put together so well. Each song takes you further and further into The Corners’ minds and hearts.

The album kicks off with a song called “Skin and Bones” that might just melt your heart with its sweetly mesmerizing instrumental intro and inspiring lyrics. I think it’s probably the best song in the album. It later transitions into a more upbeat and country-sounding song called “Chase You” which is a particularly interesting song that references some characters from the Bible, but still manages to be catchy and definitely makes it to my personal favorite list. The mood and tempo shifts again as the album comes to an end with the last song, entitled “Poet and Painter” which is a beautifully passionate piece that plays on the heartstrings of anybody who has ever aspired to be a writer or an artist, a love story between an artist and his paintbrush, or a writer and his pen. It is a song that aims to inspire, in my opinion.

All in all, Sun & Rain is a wonderful, intricately written and put together album that any indie fan should take time to listen to. A bit of a warning though; don’t expect to only listen to the album once because I assure you, you’ll have to listen to it at least four or five times before you get fully tired of it. It definitely contains the kinds of songs that are bound to get stuck in your head, so don’t be surprised when you catch yourself humming any one of these catchy beats. - Indie Music Reviewer


"The Hardest Questions" - May 2010
4 track EP
“Barefoot,” “Drop Your Nets,” “Hatch,” “The Sound of Your Song”

"Sun&Rain" - May 2011
6 track EP
“Skin and Bones,” “Chase You,” “Cobbler of the Cracked Sole,” “The Bloom,” “Tetelestai,” “The Poet & the Painter”
Reached #2 in Amazon’s sales for hot new releases in singer/songwriter category



Based along the Mississippi River in Hannibal, MO, The Corners synthesizes the musical influences of band members Andy Rhea, Jeremy DeLaPorte, Chance Woodard, and Jayson Lindley into a truly unique indie rock outfit that incorporates musical elements ranging from many diverse genres with a message that is explicitly Christ-centered.

Rhea, the group's guitarist, vocalist, and wordsmith, describes the band's sound "as honest as we can make it. We just want people to know with urgency and sincerity what is important in our lives." The Corners have been critiqued as a "live experience" with a “dynamic, powerful sound and a refreshingly humble, audience-focused magnetism on stage.”

Launched in 2010, The Corners began touring nationwide and their travels have spanned from the Midwest to Texas, Florida, Washington D.C. and everywhere in between.

Jay Sauser of Kansas City, Mo., says that the band’s musical style will “draw you in while their lyrics challenge you to think and ponder. I enjoy what The Corners have to offer as much as I do the likes of Mumford and Sons, Needtobreathe and The New Frontiers.”

The Corners are available to play at concerts, retreats, youth camps, or for corporate church worship. If you would like to book The Corners, please contact Andy at 636-290-0474 or