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The Wayside


these thousand hills


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It may be a cliché, but it is true; John and Michelle Thompson have been making beautiful music together for over twenty years. Though the cast of supporting players in their band, The Wayside, has changed many times, their original vision, to craft songs that speak hope and truth to a hurting world with musical authenticity and spiritual passion has remained strong. It has taken them to bars, clubs, theaters, colleges, festivals and churches as they endeavor to blend the best elements of American country, rock and roll and alternative musical styles with lyrics that were “salty and sweet; darkness and light,” according to one of their mentors and heroes.

The Thompsons served as worship leaders in Aurora Illinois where they met in 1989. Between band practice and worship rehearsals the couple built a friendship and then a marriage on a foundation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs… with a side-helping of classic rock and country staples, and original songs delving into the struggles of life. But strangely, in twenty years of writing and recording they have never released a collection of sacred music. In 2010 that changes with the debut of Spiritual Songs.

“I guess I just never respected the supposed divide between ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’ music the way others did,” explains John.

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