Their second effort was in 2002: COVER
ME. Two songs from this album made the top 20.
ME: #3- "Take me To The Cross," #10- "In His Love."
* For their past work, Brother's Keeper earned two Dove Award nominations:
1999 Dove Award nomination for joint recording with Phil Keaggy, Surfonic Water
2) 2002 Dove Award nomination for COVER
* In 2002, Brothers Keeper
went on 4 different tours with well known Christian artists, as a result of the
success of their album COVER ME:
The Newsboys: WinterJam Tour * 2) Rachel Lampa:
3) Rachel Lampa & Salvador:
Christmas Shoes Tour: NewSong, Mark Schultz, and Ginny Owens
Sanders has been very busy indeed!
Sanders married the love of his life, Kari on January 11th, 2006.
* He became a major part of a new indie record
label, combining their own indie label, Training Union Records, with an established
indie label, Ardent Records, becoming Training Union Records/Ardent Records.
Union Records/Ardent Records produced Brother Keeper's third album, BEYOND BEAUTIFUL.
Title song, "Beyond Beautiful" was released as a single - hit the Top
10 on the R & R AC Indicator chart. The second song released as a single, HE TOOK
THE SCARS has also made its way onto the charts.
Their Special Mission Interests:
has inspired important mission goals for Brother's Keeper.
Keeper has hosted the Brother's Keeper 4th Annual Golf Classic in September 2005
to raise support for the Christian Youth Movement (CYM) and joined that organization
on a mission trip to Honduras last summer.
released a fine DVD which journals their trip throughout Honduras with segments
showing them performing in various places, including a men's prison.
5th Annual Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday May 8th, 2006. Place: Quail Ridge
Golf Course. The funds raised are going to help the children in Honduras and other
Honderas mission projects.
The trio's efforts
to aid in the encouragement of Christian entertainment for today's families have
been an ongoing, steady effort.
Brother's Keeper member John Sanders is a founder and co-owner of Premier Christian
Cruises, a division of The Premier Group, along with music industry veterans
Roy Morgan and Gary Gentry. Premier Christian Cruises recently celebrated the
completion of two sold out cruises.
Look At BROTHER'S KEEPER
had to know more about this talented trio of committed Christians, so we asked
some questions and Gabe Dunlap graciously answered them.
- early life and growing up years...
Philip Enzor, John Sanders, and Gabe Dunlap aren't biological brothers, they are
brothers in Jesus Christ. These three men met during their teen years, and discovered
music at the same time. They were eventually led to merge common passions into
a powerful ministry together.
Gabe Dunlap shares
with ChristianMusic.com, "We all met in high school, some 15 years ago. (Hard
to believe it's been that long) We started an Accountability Group/Bible Study.
Out of that came the love of singing, but it was never something we pursued as
a career. We just realized we loved it."
Gabe shares, "I think at
some point each member had guitar lessons, piano lessons, voice lessons, etc. The
real training didn't come however until we really started doing concerts every
night. There is no practice like performing."
- Both Spiritual and Musical.
speaking: I think all the guys would say their parents and our former Pastor...
Dr. Adrian Rogers ..".
speaking - it runs the gambete; From dc talk to 4Him we have been influenced in
a lot of ways."
How were you led by
the Lord to use your musical gifts to write and sing songs?
Gabe shares with ChristianMusic.com, "I think any time someone can see that
what they are doing has a positive impact on other peoples lives, they want to
keep pursuing that activity. For Brother's Keeper we realized early on that God
was using us to reach people. The thing most important to us - then and now -
is to not get in the way!"
Grow up in the Christian church (PK's???) Or did you find the Lord later?
replies, "We all come from homes that are still together, and the Lord is
the first priority! We're not PK's, but we were seemingly next in line. However,
two of the members of BK (Philip and me) did not receive the Lord until the ministry
of Brother's Keeper had already begun! Sometimes the ministry you have, can impact
your life the most....for BK this is the case!"
life-molding experiences you would like to share with us, which were pleasant
or were difficult, but molded your thinking, your music, etc.
Gabe shares with ChristianMusic.com,
"After seeing Philip Enzor walk the isle at one of our own concerts to give
his heart to Christ, Brother's Keeper stop assuming that people who attend church
or a "Christian" concert knew the Lord. If a member of our group can be searching,
I believe there are many in the walls of the church still trying to find their
way. The light needs to shine just as bright inside the church! We don't want
to water down the ministry we have."
shared in their official website Bio, "Gabe and I really came to know Christ
through the ministry of Brother's Keeper. We had both sung in the group for years
before coming to a point in our lives when we thought, 'We've been singing about
Christ, but we haven't really made a commitment to Him.' So what it's done for
us is to give us a passion to tell people about Christ, especially in the church."
Sanders commented in their promotional materials, "Sometimes people expect
you to think big, 'Man, we're going to go out there and reach the world for Christ,'
and then you water down stuff and go after it thinking you're the cutting edge.
Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel. I don't care if it's not cool,
Brother's Keeper is always going to be able to say, 'I love Jesus. He died for
me, I'm going to live for Him, by God's grace.'"
Julie Carr for ChristianMusic.com