The Waiting Kind
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The Waiting Kind

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"Battle of the Bands 2008"

Sometimes the lyrics come in the middle of the night, and sometimes, like poetry, they build over time. The only thing Derek Henbest can count on is his faith and unwavering belief that the music in his head is divinely inspired.
Henbest, lead singer and songwriter for his group The Waiting Kind, is one local Christian Band that is competing for the Treasure Valley Revival Band of the Year Award and a $1,000 prize in the first Battle of the Christian Youth Bands, sponsored Treasure Valley Revival LLC.
Registration so far has been slow and event promoter Ron Alexander is hoping more bands will sign up.
On-line public voting, which begins July 15 for two weeks, will count for 25 percent of the total finalists' tally. To check out the competition, a link to each band's Web site or My Space page will be provided at

Top finalists will perform from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Expo Idaho. The winner will be chosen by a group of music industry professionals.
Henbest, who describes the group's music as Christian contemporary worship with a rock flavor, has been writing music about six years. For the competition, the group will likely submit his original song, "Innocent Blood".
"It's about our roots and what we as a group believe in and what we are secure in," Henbest said. "It's about the cross and how our lives can be distraught and distressed without the cross and about His blood being shed for us. That's really our theme and our message. We want people to have hope and truth in our music. It's what we represent and believe in," he said.
The band plays at church and youth camps and recently played mainstage at the God Rally in Colorado, along with Christian artists Jimmy Needham and Big Daddy Weave. They pooled their money and created a 3-track demo and are working on a new album, said Dustin La Mont, drummer for The Waiting Kind. The top prize money would go a long way to help produce the recordings, he said.

UPDATE: The Waiting Kind won Battle of the Bands for 2008. - Stephanie Eddy


The Waiting Kind won Battle of the Bands in August 2008, with over 800 online votes, and a performance in front of industry professionals. The Waiting Kind has had the privilege of sharing the stage with bands such as: Leeland, Big Daddy Weave, John Waller, and Jimmy Needham. - Ron Alexander


Self titled EP released on March 1, 2008.
Full length album "In the Land of Hope" released on June 5, 2009, also on iTunes, AmazonMP3, DigStation, Rhapsody, Napster, and more.



We are a progressive worship band that has a passion for seeing young, old, broken, and restored people touched by God's presence in music. We believe in the power of "waiting"...or the moment when our brokenness is met with God's redemption...As we wait...he hears and responds to our voice.

"...Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary..." Is. 40:31

Since their beginning in 2005, this has been the theme of the members that make up the Christian indie rock band "The Waiting Kind." "We believe strongly that there is a power to waiting on the Lord in worship...the strength that comes in this setting is unlike any other grace we have come to know..." said the lead singer Derek Henbest. With influences such as Hillsong United, David Crowder band, and their friends Leeland; a very British rock with an ambient texture became what they now call "The Waiting Kind.” Their hearts have been to lead a generation in an anthem of praise; from hearts that sing grateful melodies of praise. They began to develop their sound in the back halls and prayer rooms of their church; Capital Christian Center in Meridian, Idaho. Most of the lyrics and melodies have been inspired by time spent in personal and community worship. This love and mercy they spoke of developed into hymnal sounds of worship that inspired their local congregation and became choruses of strength. "...We pray that this is a sound that not only mirrors our love for what our Savior has done...but a sound that captures the heart of Him who first loved us..."