As a rising force in the genre of contemporary hard rock, Disciple has achieved great strides by fusing an explicit Christian message with aggressive, well-orchestrated music.
The concept for Disciple began in the heart of singer and bassist Kevin Young while he was in the seventh grade. But it would not be until December of 1992 before the chemistry for Disciple would actually come together. The missing ingredients were guitarist Brad Noah and drummer Tim Barrett. First came Tim, an excellent drummer who’d been pounding the skins since the age of twelve. After two weeks of prayer for a guitar player, Kevin and Tim were introduced to Brad Noah. Like Kevin and Tim, Brad began to play guitar seriously at age twelve. Over the next year they looked for a bass player, but in the providence of God they would remain a three-piece band.
Disciple’s recording career began in 1995 with the independent release of “What Was I Thinking.” This album soon grabbed the attention of Warner Resound who in 1997 released the five song EP, “My Daddy Can Whip Your Daddy.”
The Disciple fan base grew rapidly due to radio play from this album, and in 1999 they signed with Rugged Records and released the edgy “This Might Sting a Little.” The hit single from this album, “I Just Know,” sat at number one on the loud chart for many weeks. It was then that the musical identity of Disciple was forged.
Late in the year of 2000 Disciple unleashed their fourth project, “By God,” which went on to win the Inspirational Life Award in 2001. Soon after they produced a video, “72 Hours with Disciple”, which featured a brief touring stint with lots of behind the scenes footage of the band. This helped to give fans an inside look at the mission and message of these Tennessee Titans of hard rock.
Out of these four albums Disciple produced six number one hits and four Dove Award Nominations. But it would be another two years before the band would release another album.
For the entire year of 2002, Disciple prepared for their next musical project while touring full time. Having dropped their record company, Disciple simultaneously launched their own record label along with their album. In February of 2003, the independent label Slain Records unveiled the ripping new release, “Back Again,” which immediately climbed the charts in it’s first week on radio.
The band went on to release By God (2003), Rise Up (2005) Scars Remain (2006) and Southern Hospitality (2008).
“We cover the spectrum musically because we love all kinds of music,” Young says. “We consider everything our influences – Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Metallica – You name it. We try not to categorize ourselves and we don’t try to cater to any particular style. We just go with what we feel, and sometimes it’s real heavy and sometimes it’s kind of slow.”
“As little kids we felt like we wanted to share ourselves with people and felt like we had something that could really make an impact on people’s lives,” Young says. “One time, a guy came up to me and said, ‘Hey man. I’m a dad and I was on drugs and I was totally lost. Then I went to one of your concerts and got completely inspired to change my life. I’m not on drugs anymore and I have a job and I’m actually taking care of my wife and kids instead of stealing from them.’ It’s so amazing to hear your music has had that much effect on someone.”
“There are so many negative things that go on in life, and so many bands choose to sing about them and be really angry,” Young says. “I’m a supporter of freedom of expression and all, but we choose to express ourselves positively and hope that we can make a real difference on the world. We really feel like we were meant to do this.”