The Great Romance

The Great Romance

 Belleville, Illinois, USA
BandRockChristian

The Great Romance is a worship/rock band from the St. Louis, MO area that travels the country spreading the gospel of Christ through music and more! TGR stands for helping people get to know God on an intimate level. It's our goal to guide people into experiencing the greatest relationship they can have with Christ. This is The Great Romance.

Biography

The Great Romance has opened up for some of today's biggest Christian acts including: Lincoln Brewster, Charlie Hall, Shane and Shane, David Crowder, and Gungor. TGR plays festivals (AGAPE/Greenville, IL, KINGDOM BOUND/Buffalo, NY, DISNEY'S NIGHT OF JOY/Orlando, FL), and continues to tour, traveling East to West, Jersey to California and North to South, Alaska to Florida.
The band continues to get radio play with our singles "Spent" and newest release "Stolen Me". Our music video for "Stolen Me" is seen all over the US on JCTV!
Our full length album "Our Hearts" continues to be our personal favorite project we've done to date, working with amazing producers (Dove Award Winner Rusty Varenkamp:10th Ave. North, Toby Mac and Allen Salmon: Mute Math, Sactus Real) and song writers (Doug McKelvey: Switchfoot, Jason Gray). One song off the album, the worship tune "Empty Hands", made it to thetop 10 of Chris Tomlin's songwriting contest for 2011.
The Great Romance plays concerts, worship, camps and retreats. We all feel that the greatest relationship anyone can have is with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and it is our mission to share that message with the world.

Lyrics

Stolen Me

Written By: The Great Romance

Stolen Me

Verse 1
I remember feeling like I don’t belong
All alone in a crowd there was something wrong
Still you were calling me, I was
Searching but I couldn’t see
I didn’t know that you were there all along

Pre-Chorus
You took me by the heart, And changed me from inside

Chorus
I feel alive, (I feel alive), for the first time, (for the first time)
Since you’re love has broken in
And stolen me

Verse 2
I remember living for the world I knew
I put my faith in all the things I hoped were true
Still you were calling me, I was
Searching but I couldn’t see
Now I’m taken I only want to live for you

Chorus

Bridge
I turned around the corner and I won’t look back
Clinging to the things I know will last
All I ever needed is your never-ending grace
Your everlasting love

Chorus

Bigger Than the Odds

Written By: Matt Vollmar, Rusty Varenkamp, Allen Salmon

Yesterday it caught you off guard
Hitting harder than hitting a wall
The words that you don't want to hear
Made you cripple, exposing your fear

And I know now, The chance of survival is slim
And I know now, You may feel like you're empty within

When it seems like all is lost
And you feel you can't go on
Just give it to a God
Who is bigger than the odds

Your heart aches and falls to the floor
Your spirit can't take anymore
The numbness has washed over you
You're searching for more you could do

Cause you know now, The chance of survival is slim
And you know now, feeling like the whole world's caving in

He gives strength to the weary and power to the weak
He’s beyond understanding giving hope to the meek
To the ends of the earth, he is wherever we seek

Disappear

Written By: Rusty Varenkamp

I've been broken, And I'm frozen
And I realize, I've been chosen
Am I moving, And improving
Where I've been today?

In the middle, Of a billion
Will I stand out, For some reason?
Let's examine, What I'm doing
Is it solving anything?

IF I WAS TO DISAPPEAR
WOULD THEY EVEN NOTICE ANYMORE
IF I COULDN'T STAND RIGHT HERE
WOULD THERE BE A FOOTPRINT ON THE FLOOR

Only one life, only one shot
Will I make it, what it is not
Will I forget, this is desperate
And watch a city burn

Am I living, even trying
What’s the message I’m implying
Am I empty, out of effort
Is it reaching anyone

What am I willing to fight for
who am I willing to die for

Empty Hands

Written By: Douglas McKelvey, The Great Romance

Verse 1
You are constant in Your mercies
If I fail or I succeed
In the sunlight or the shadows
Lord, you’re everything I need
hide me forever in Your presence
I will rejoice in You alone
Chorus
I will sing your praise when you send the rain
I will praise you still in these thirsty days
I will worship you with all I am
even if all I have are empty hands
verse 2
Let me seek no other blessing
But to rest inside your love
When I know Your sweet communion
My soul declares “it is enough”
You are enough
Chorus
I will sing your praise when you send the rain
I will praise you still in these thirsty days
I will worship you with all I am
even if all I have are empty hands
bridge
you are my joy, you are my song
you lift me up, you make me strong
you are my joy, you are my song
you are my joy, you are my song
you lift me up, you make me strong
you are my joy, you are my song
Chorus
I will sing your praise when you send the rain
I will praise you still in these thirsty days
I will worship you with all I am
even if all I have are empty hands

Discography

Our Hearts, BMI - 2011
Matt Vollmar solo EP, BMI - 2012

Available on Itunes and at www.thegreatromance.com

Set List

1. Relentless
2. I Find You
3. Live For Today
4. Stolen Me (I Feel Alive)
5. Empty Hands
6. Disappear
7. Our Hearts
8. Bigger Than the Odds
9. Oh Happy Day
10. Reveal Yourself

We do covers if it's a worship set and try to fit one to two in our regular sets. Our average set is an hour to 75 min long.