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Local Christian rock band tops on iTunes' chart

By: Stacie Snow

  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 06:00 am

Airdrie Christian rock band ToDieFor had its lead single Dying to Live hit No. 1 on iTunes' inspirational chart this month. The band just released its first EP.
Airdrie Christian rock band ToDieFor had its lead single Dying to Live hit No. 1 on iTunes' inspirational chart this month. The band just released its first EP.
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Airdrie Christian rock band ToDieFor has started 2012 off on a high note.

The five-member group saw its lead single Dying to Live rocket to No. 1 on the iTunes inspirational chart.

“It’s crazy, we weren’t expecting that,” said front man Ian Aman. “We feel really good and we are really encouraged by its success. We thought it was a great song but you never know until you get it out there. It’s taken off.”

The band consists of Aman, lead vocals and guitar; Robbie Dewitt, lead guitar; Matt Nickerson, keyboard and vocals; Matt Palsky, bass; and Nick Kadun on drums. They have been together for four years and Aman describes their sound as very modern worship.

“We all come from very different musical backgrounds and when you slam all of our styles together, it creates a really unique sound,” he said.

Aman played as a solo country act for years in Lethbridge before starting ToDieFor. The ages of the band members range from 21 to mid-30s.

“I am the oldest one and I like to think that I bring the wisdom and maturity and the other members bring the youth and passion to the table,” he said.

Dying to Live will be released to radio on Feb. 20 in Canada and March 5 in the United States. The band’s first EP features the lead single, Maybe Today and Full Surrender.

The band was nominated for a Gospel Music Association (GMA) Covenant Award in 2011 for “Rock Song of the Year” for Maybe Today.

“We weren’t expecting that at all,” said Aman. “That prompted us to get back in the studio sooner rather than later. We were nominated with all these really good bands and then there was us. It was humbling to stand up there with these guys. It opened doors to us and gives us the opportunity to share our message.”

The band has played a huge part in the launching of a new Airdrie Alliance Church campus called “NEXT.”

As host band, it has led a very progressive and modern worship experience, Aman added. The new campus is aimed at the artist community and is building up to be the hub of Christian music in Western Canada.

“The reason we started playing together is because we all come from the same church and we felt we were called to play outside of our church,” he said. “We love to lead people in worship. It is a very modern experience and a great place for us to call home.”

The evening service takes place at the church on Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

“It is fun, laid back, high energy and a lot of fun,” said Aman. “It’s our passion to build that church. It is geared towards a younger demographic. I think we are called to be creative and make it exciting. We have to be relevant to the times. We are not trying to change the message of the gospel but we want it to be fresh, relevant and engaging for people.”

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