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In one regard, the members and music of VOTA are already familiar to alternative rock faithful, though at the same time, this particular point in time is filled with several groundbreaking firsts. Formerly known as Casting Pearls (but changed to avoid confusion with Casting Crowns), this one time trio of front man/guitarist/songwriter Bryan Olesen, bassist Case Maranville and drummer Scott Rutz has expanded to a four piece (now including guitarist/keyboardist Riley Friesen) and redirected its guitar charged rock to incorporate additional dance elements, while subsequently signing with INO RECORDS.

“It’s a new day and a new chapter for this band,” exclaims an obviously excited Rutz. “We have a new sound, a new direction, a new feel, a new member, a new label and new management, so it felt like our old skin didn’t completely contain what we do now, nor did it do this band justice anymore.”

Though the players brainstormed for months before making the moniker switchover, they wanted a title that wouldn’t be tied to any preconceived notions or specific music industry connotations. Originally, VOTA didn’t have a meaning, instead creating a blank canvas for the listener to interpret, though a longtime listener soon pointed out an alternative meaning anchored in faith.

“One of our fans did a Google search and found out it does have a spiritual meaning, which is an interesting nod to God’s sovereignty,” explains Maranville. “VOTA is a Latin root word that stands for a collection of vows before God, which echoes our goals of using this music to His glory.”


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