Smalltown Poets Bio -
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The Smalltown Poets are:

Michael Johnston--Lead Vocals, Guitars
Miguel DeJesus--Bass
Kevin Breuner--Guitars--San Diego, California


Smalltown Poets is an alternative CCM group known for singing "good old rock and roll music." They have had more than a dozen successful songs on the radio, received two grammy nominations, seven Dove Award nominations, and now have record sales well over 250,000. They are known for their ability to reach both Christians and non-christians who love the alternative rock sound.

High school pals from Tifton, GA, Michael Johnston (singer/guitarist), Danny Stephens (Keyboardist), and Byron Goggin (drummer) were the formative members of the band. In 1996, guitarist Kevin Breuner and bassist Miguel DeJesus joined the group and a year later, they released their self-titled debut album.

In 1999, the group, now consisting of Johnston, Breuner, DeJesus and drummer Nathan Blackstone, released Listen Closely through Forefront Records. Third Verse was released in the fall of 2000 by Ardent Records. Today, the group consists of Michael Johnston (vocals), Matt Goldman (drums), Troy Staing (guitar), and Alex Peterson (bass).

Their much anticipated lastest release, It's Later Than It's Ever Been, came out October 19, 2004. "Overall, this new release is consistently melodic, undeniably sincere and inescapably uplifting from start to finish, and it will probably make many hearts glad to hear Smalltown poetry in motion once again." Dan MacIntosh, CCM Magazine.

With this new album also came a change in their record label. Since their contract was up anyways, they decided to look for a label that would stand behind them completely and who had the same goals and priorities as they did. They found that in BEC.

In an interview by on February 17, 2004, lead singer Michael Johnston comments on the change in labels: "It became evident very quickly that we (Smalltown Poets and BEC) have very similar vision in regard to making music for Christians that at the same time creates a sort of foyer environment for people who may not totally understand what we believe. We believe BEC wants and we want our music to be compelling to people whether they are inside or outside or in the process of discovering the Christian faith. We think BEC Recordings is the right label to partner with because they understand what we have done in the past and where we want to go from here."

Johnston was also asked how God had been working in his life between the last two albums. "Life is an incredible gift that God has given us on purpose, and I can cruise through it aimlessly or enjoy it and make the most of it in light of what I know about eternity and God's intentions for me while I am here. One of the new songs, a song called "Here" touches on that a bit. I have been enjoying life with my wife and son, serving my local church, creating good music with friends and trying to let my whole life be worship rather than this bit here or that bit there. All that God has done is because he loves the earth and what He has made."

Although the band did take some time off before this last record to get married, have babies, change labels, and re-formulate their members, they are back now and and will be making appearances at various places. They advise their fans to play close attention to Christian Music Festivals around their towns and ask that they come support them and their new album.