Getting to Know 11th Hour
If you pay attention to the goings on in Southern Gospel today, you may have heard the name 11th Hour. It seems this group has been on the fast track to becoming a favorite among Southern Gospel fans. 11th Hour first garnered attention with their hit single "Adam's Fall", which debuted on their 2010 self-titled album. Their latest album Steppin' Out is also seeing much success on the charts. I recently spoke with Amber Eppinette of the group to get to know them a little better.
Rocky Logan: Tell me how 11th Hour started.
Amber Eppinette: We started singing together six years ago. Candice Jordin and I are preacher’s kids, and we grew up in the ministry of singing and preaching. Candice had done maybe 2 specials her whole life when I approached her to sing in the group. I just knew God was in this, and six years later here we are. The Lord has been blessing us, and it's a joy to sing for Him.
RL: You have a new member, tell us more about him.
AE: Our newest member is Grant Gibson from Jasper, Alabama, and he is 27 years old. He has been singing for about 10 years now, and it's a joy to have him. He has an amazing voice but also an amazing heart.
RL: One of the biggest events for Southern Gospel is the National Quartet Convention (NQC). You were asked to sing on Main Stage this year, which is reserved for some of the top groups in the industry. How does that feel?
AE: I never would have thought 11th Hour would be privileged to do something as big as NQC. All I can say is, we are flattered and overjoyed. At the same time we must remember, even though it's a big stage with the lights and the whole package, there are souls that will be in that building. I pray that we, along with the other groups, do there what we do in the churches and minister.
RL: What artists have influenced 11th Hour?
AE: So many artists have inspired us from Contemporary Christian all the way to Bluegrass Gospel. Our biggest influences are people like The Goodmans, Karen Peck, the Perrys and The HINSONS!
RL: Amber, you wrote for Steppin' Out. Tell us about your songwriting. Is there more where that came from? How was co-writing with Joseph Habendank?
AE: I wrote a few songs on the Steppin' Out album. I have been writing songs since I was 12 years old, but this album was the first time I had ever written with someone else. Joseph was amazing to write with. He encouraged and helped strengthen my thought process of putting a story in a song. I was honored to write with him, and I hope to do it again soon.
RL: What's next for the group?
AE: Whatever the Lord has for us is what we will take. Hopefully within the next few months we will be planning the new CD with Grant on it. It will be great so stay tuned, and help us pray for the right songs and such.
For more information on 11th Hour - visit them online at http://www.11thhourgospelgroup.com .