Maverick City Music Founders on Their Inspiration: ‘There’s Something That God’s Doing’
By Movieguide® Staff
The worship band known as Maverick City Music has made waves in the Christian music scene over the past few years with popular tracks like “Jireh” and “Promise.”
Their popular anthems are led by members Alton Eugene, Naomi Raine, Chandler Moore, Dante Bowe, Brandon Lake, Aaron Moses, and Harold Brown, but little is known about their background.
However, co-founders Jonathan Jay, CEO of Tribl Records, and Tony Brown recently shared their inspiration behind the music group.
The duo formed the group in 2018 after years of songwriting camps that brought together people from across the country to write hundreds of praise songs.
Since its conception, Maverick City Music has found itself atop Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums and Christian Albums and collaborated with Justin Bieber and other award-winning artists.
However, Jay revealed that it all started in a living room with close friends making music.
“It started years and years ago. Tony and I started Maverick City together. But before that, we were part of the worship collective called House Fires. We wrote some songs called ‘Good Good Father’ and ‘Build My Life’ — songs that made their way, really, around the world, but that started in our living rooms, in our homes, with friends,” he told CP. “So really, there was a response to that. It was like this moment where we go, ‘Wow, we’re writing the songs. They’re not just touching us and not just touching our Church community, they’re touching the world. There’s something that God’s doing.'”
Jay and Brown noted that they began to ask how they could get more people involved with something that could impact the world.
“Our knee-jerk response to that was to bring people that we have been meeting along the way to write with us and hang out and spend time with us. So we opened up our lives, if you will, to so many people in Atlanta. We live in Atlanta; we’re from Atlanta,” Jay said. “We’d have these writing camps that we would just host because we were songwriters, first and foremost, and we invite these people to Atlanta. We would have amazing meals, write songs, and we kept just doing this over and over again.”
Soon, Jay and Brown found that music in this setting was different from House Fires, and Maverick City Music was born.
“Finally, there were a few moments where we go, ‘These songs are special. They don’t feel like ‘House Fires,’ they don’t feel like maybe some of the other things that we were part of, they feel like their own distinctive thing,'” Jay said. “So really, birthed out of just wanting to connect, wanting to write songs and hang out with people while eating really amazing meals. It’s kind of this community that has grown to this amazing expression.”
Jay said that their music grew in popularity as people sought out hope and community during the pandemic.
“The messages and the encouragement that we would get from people like, ‘Hey, I haven’t been to church in a long time, or I just needed this today, but I listened to a video or heard the song and it has gotten me through,'” Jay noted. “I think for us, hearing that, experiencing that, seeing that was really just a reminder that God was doing something, even in the midst of a year where everyone says, ‘You’re shutting down.’ We really felt like we took off in a sense.”
Jay noted that Maverick City Music was never made diverse for diversity’s sake but to represent God’s unified church.
“There are so many people that are gospel fans, but they’re also people that maybe don’t know as much about gospel, and they’re huge CCM fans. So there is something there; I think there’s something to be said about it. I think the heart really is just to stay true to what we feel we’ve been called to,” he said. “I think we want to tear those boundaries down. We hate that there are divides; we hate that there are the markers on the different genres that make them feel so separate. And in ways, they are different, but in the most important way, they’re not. That’s through inspiration, that’s through the heart, through the ministry of it. They’re very, very similar. So I think we carry that when we lead our songs and record our music.”
Although Tribl music is different from Maverick City Music, Jayy said that both work to glorify God through music.
“Tribl is the bat signal to all of the Mavericks out there, if that makes sense. We’re a gathering place; we’re a microphone, an amplifier for all the people who feel like they have the Maverick spirit and want part of that,” he said. “Tribl records and Tribl worship is literally just a welcoming signal, it’s the bat signal [to] come and join and be a part of what we feel like God is doing, not just in Maverick, but in the world.”