It all started in the South Arkansas city of El Dorado. Keith Alexis served as youth pastor at a local church were Don Guthrie and Denton Ashcraft were part of this group. With encouragement from their youth pastor, Don and Denton formed a group called Heavenz Possee. The duo began performing at youth events using DC Talk sound tracks to rap along with. God began to bless this ministry and open many doors. In 1995 Heavenz Possee recorded a tape (yes, you heard right... TAPE) of all original songs in Keith's home studio. These songs were all written by Don, Denton and Keith. (Someday you may find these tracks on this site.)
In 1996 in was inevitable that the group was destined to move away from tracks and form a live band. Denton had a passion for drums and had been playing for several years in church and other opportunities. Keith's primary instrument was bass guitar, so the low end was covered. Enter Matt Helms from Summerfield, Louisiana. Matt was still in High School at the time, but quite a good guitarist. And was willing to do his part to make the band a success.
A couple of shows were lined up for August and later, but there was a problem. There was no singer. Someone that was lined up for the task but quit before the first show. So Keith approached his brother, Bryan, about doing this one show in August. Bryan had some experience singing, but he already had his life plans on track. He was in college as a graphic design major. Bryan agreed to do just this one show. Hours of practice writing learning some original songs, as well as some covers like Flood (Jars of Clay), and In the Light (DC Talk / Charlie Peacock). Then the day arrived. The new incarnation of Heavenz Possee took the rickity, make-shift stage and rocked the house. In retrospect, it probably wasn't that great of a show. But five guys never had so much fun.
After the show Bryan agreed to stay on through December to give HP plenty of time to find a suitable lead vocalist. Show after show lined up like crossties under a track directing a train bound for somewhere. In October, while playing a local festival, HP met a couple of men who had a studio in Louisiana. They wanted us to come down and see what we could lay down. We went down for our first time in a "real" studio and recorded three demo songs: Hurricane, Certain Man, and What I Want for Christmas (wouldn't you like to get your hands on that ... hmmm ... maybe later). And along side the old Heavenz Possee TAPE that we were still selling even though we didn't do any of the songs on it (well maybe one), we sold this new three song demo, yep, on TAPE. That we dubbed ourselves, no doubt. Oh, and Bryan, he said, "Let's just see what happens."
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