Before the fall of the Soviet Union, American missionaries would set up Christian radio stations along the Soviet border and transmit the Gospel into the communist territory. Religion was seen as a threat to the Soviet leadership, so the government would try to jam the frequencies. But, as it tends to do, the Gospel would still come through. People listening closely and at the right times could hear the Gospel broadcasting through the radio. Gospel songs. Sermons. Testimonies. For the three brothers of the Russian-born band Everfound who immigrated to Denver, Colorado when they were young children, this is part of how their parents learned about Jesus Christ.

Having spent nearly their entire lives in the United States, their ancestors’ commitment to their faith resulted in hardships that are difficult for the band to imagine, but now serve as their primary inspiration. Their great uncle spent 20 years in prison for owning a Bible. They grew up with their Dad sharing stories of how his youth group was harassed and chased by police dogs after being discovered hiding in the forest for weekly Bible studies. These stories drive the band to be bold about its faith in its artistry. 

Today, just one generation removed, Everfound can be heard on radio stations all over the world. They tour across the US and around the world, boldly singing the Gospel each night at full volume - without fear of prison or oppression. Although their ancestors were not legally allowed to profess their Christian faith, Everfound has sung freely and clearly about Jesus on four independent albums, and they do so again on their major label debut with Word Records. “The fact that our music is clearly heard all around the world,” says Nikita Odnoralov, the band’s lead singer and keyboardist, “It’s truly humbling.”

For its new self-titled album, the band wrote 75 songs and narrowed it down to the best 12, including the lead-off hit single “Never beyond Repair.” “Every song on this record is about something that we’ve gone through ourselves,” says Nikita. “The struggles, the defeats, the victories, peaks, valleys and everything in between, all written with the goal of reaching people with the love of Christ.” While these songs are intensely personal, they were written with a generation in mind. Everfound’s goal was to write songs that would serve as the soundtrack to people’s daily lives.

The band was recently involved in the hugely successful mini-series The Bible on The History Channel. Its song “What Love Means” was included on the soundtrack and they played a huge kickoff event with producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. Afterward, Rick Warren tweeted, “Mark my word: This band is going to be HUGE!” 

Everfound’s family history has taken them from being imprisoned for owning a Bible to appearing on the soundtrack for a show based on the Bible. From having to hide and listen to the Gospel being illegally transmitted into the Soviet Union to now having their songs literally reaching the world with the message of God’s love. Some would chalk it up to coincidence or simple irony, but for Everfound this is a legacy and a calling to follow in their ancestors footsteps and boldly live out their faith. The brothers don’t know specifically where their next chapters will lead, but they know that the future is bigger than they can imagine.



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