Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Fifteen years ago, in Hamilton, ON, Canada, Elias Dummer helped to start an inter-church movement of students, birthing a band that would go on to captivate audiences worldwide: The City Harmonic. They’d go on to release four critically acclaimed albums together, fueled by the Elias’ voice and songs like “Holy (Wedding Day),” and the chart-topping “Manifesto", winning the prestigious Juno Award for “Christian Album of the Year” and eleven GMA Covenant Awards. But the desire to be more involved in their local churches led the band to lower the curtain in 2017.
Meanwhile, Elias and his family had moved to Nashville writing for other artists (Newsong, Phil Joel, Big Daddy Weave, Building 429) and publications like Worship Leader Magazine and Huffington Post. He began training worship leaders in a church he helped to plant: The Village UMC, focusing on empowering day-to-day discipleship through worship.
In 2018, Elias announced he would release an album entitled The Work, Vol 1, slated for a February 2019 release. His debut single, “Enough” was released November 9th, 2018, and was co-written with Jeff Johnson from Passion City Church and Tom Eccleshall from London’s KXC Worship. Troubled that his “successful” county boasted the second-highest teen suicide rate, and having struggled with questions of identity in the wake of leaving a successful band, the three wrote “Enough” as a prayer for the church to sing – a prayer Elias knew he needed to be praying himself.
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