Thursday, February 16, 2006

Life after Derek: Caedmon's Call

Caedmon's Call formed in 1993 with four members: Cliff Young, Danielle Glenn, Todd Bragg, and Aaron Tate (although Aaron was just a songwriter). The group's name stems from the story of a 7th century monk named Caedmon who didn't feel he could sing well, but God called Caedmon to sing for Him, and Caedmon sang songs praising God and His glory. The group released their first CD My Calm//Your Storm as a demo record. By 1997, the group had added members Derek Webb and Randy Holsapple. The group's style was a mix of folk, pop, and rock and was unique in Christian music at the time. In 1997 Caedmon's Call released one of their best albums, a self-titled album featuring hits "Bus Driver" and the ballad "Center Aisle." In 1999 the groups second full-length album 40 Acres hit stores with songs "40 Acres" and "Thankful" making it big. Their third album, Long Line of Leavers focused on Derek Webb's vocals in songs like "Love is Different" and "What you want." The group went on to release a praise CD in 2001 entitled In the Company of Angels: A Call to Worship which included many hits, including "God of Wonders", "Who you are" and "Before there was time." They followed this up with a greatest hits record: Chronicles: 1992-2004, which Derek Webb thinks is a joke (he didn't even know he had any hits).
In 2003, the group released Back Home which was the last record Derek Webb was involved with before pursuing his solo career. The group went on several different missions trip in the last few years, and the result was their last album: Share the Well which contained a strong world music influence, primarily Indian in style. The album even includes some songs by members of the Dalit tribe. The album was critically acclaimed, but received almost no radio airplay and suffered in the stores.
Derek Webb and Aaron Tate were the primary writers for the group in the past, with Cliff Young (even as lead vocalist) writing very few songs. Derek mainly wrote the songs he sang, but also wrote for Danielle and Cliff (who are now married). Since Derek left, the group has relied more heavily on Randall Goodgame, Josh Moore and Andrew Osenga writing skills. Cliff and Danielle do all of the singing, except for two songs on Share the Well sung by Osenga. The group has undergone many changes, culminating in the present lineup:

Cliff Young – Lead vocals and rhythm guitar),
Danielle Young – Vocals (married to Cliff, formerly Danielle Glenn)
Garett Buell – Percussion
Jeff Miller – Bass Guitar
Todd Bragg – Drums
Joshua Moore – Keyboards, Accordion, Harmonica
Andrew Osenga – Guitars, Vocals
The group is set to release their latest album March 7th: In the Company of Angels II: The World will Sing, which will include some familiar praise and worship songs, but many original works of the band. Life without Derek goes on, but the music of Caedmon's Call just isn't the same.
*Information taken from


Blogger Strider said...

I had no idea that Caedmon's was releasing something this soon. I liked their first "Angels" CD and I hope this follow-up will be just as good.

2/16/2006 1:40 PM  
Blogger Divided_Heart said...

Hey, this is good for someone who hasn't a clue about groups--especially Cademon's call, but I am confused, you didn't mention Derek Webb when they initially formed the group, did he join after?

2/17/2006 11:13 AM  
Blogger w8nforhim said...

Derek Webb was not one of the original members. The original group was composed of Cliff Young, Danielle Glenn (later Cliff's wife), Todd Bragg, and Aaron Tate. This was in '92/'93 and the group released their demo "My Calm/Your Storm." Then, Derek joined the group later in 1994, and the group released their first full-length album, which was self-titled, in 1997. The group went on to add and drop several members over the years, which can lead to confusion...

2/17/2006 2:50 PM  
Anonymous 'Rissa said...

Thanks for the info. I wasn't sure what was going on with them. It will be interesting to see if "In the Company of Angels II" is as good as the Derek-Webb-involved first one.

By the way, I'm expecting a post about a certain Third Day concert… :-)

2/17/2006 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Lizzie said...

I love your site, it's so neat to actually know all the interesting tid bits about the artists and all, keep it up! Make sure you do a really good review on The David Crowder and Third Day concert that was last night...which was an awesome concert by the way!!!!love you!~ Beth

2/18/2006 7:53 PM  

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