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About The Send

In 2006 Joe Kisselburgh left the band Falling Up in pursuit of a project that would encompassed the full spectrum of his artistry.  The outcome, The Send.

"It was so challenging and inspiring to start anew. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing something from its inception grow, expand, and evolve into a dream fulfilled. I feel like this project is me. It's so close to my heart. It's my songs. Being able to share who I am, and especially my relationship with God, is so important to me."

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The name, the Send, is a reference to the progression of the thought from his mind and soul to his music and finally to the listener. But even though the band was essentially brand new, the songs themselves had been a long time in coming. While on the road with his former outfit (and even well before), he stole away to write every chance he got. After several years of work he finally had the material he needed to craft his debut release, Cosmos (2007).

"I want to have musicality and tastefulness, but if there isn't a good song beneath that it might come across as dated one day. I love acoustic guitar. I love great songs, and that is the hardest thing in music to do. It's easy to be crazy and arty and write something no one will understand. It's much harder to write great songs that will always be great songs...and that's my goal."

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Kisselburgh’s brilliant song writing and highly crafted melodies gained his song “The Fall,” from Cosmos, a place on Charlotte’s Web: Music Inspired By The Motion Picture, alongsidemulti-platinum artist Amy Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus and Leigh Nash (Sixpence None The Richer).

Honesty is the chief virtue in the lyricism of Cosmos. A concurrent theme throughout is an acknowledgment of human weakness.  On "Santiam" Kisselburgh reflects on God's glory: Any script written could not contain you.  On "Blocking the Sun," Joe paints a vivid picture of God's acceptance: So you know everything about me, and still you love me as I am? And finally, on "Drown," he pulls no punches in proclaiming his need for divine intervention: You remind me how I begin to drown. You're the only thing that can save me now.

"I asked myself recently, 'Why am I doing all this?' I realized that In life there are moments where you have a choice to face God and be convicted about how you live or to ignore this fact," states Kisselburgh. "Although I fight Him sometimes, I ultimately want my will to bend towards His. Portraying the tension between who I want to be and who I need to be and what I want to do is really important to me. Finding the sincerity in this process is the growth, the reward, and hopefully the encouraging point between myself and the listener. I am so thankful to be able to be in this position--a position to write, sing, and play this music in way that hopefully is like no other."

The 13-tracks on Cosmos contain a delicate musical balance of pop-rock styled influences from artists such as The Police and Coldplay.  If you're in search of songs that will lead you to life from death, this is your album.

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