Building 429

Biography

Building 429 is a Christian rock band signed to Essential Records. Their name is derived from a Biblical passage known as Ephesians 4:29. The band members originated from Snyder Memorial Baptist Church and various areas in North Carolina as well as Texas.

In late 1999, bassist Scotty Beshears and guitarist/vocalist Jason Roy teamed up with drummer Christian Fuhrer to form Building 429 which blended modern pop-rock music with Christian-themed lyrics.

Throughout the year 2000, Building 429 held a relentless touring schedule, with over 100 shows played and 3,000 copies of their first self-titled album sold. In 2001, they deepened their sound by adding a second guitarist, Paul Bowden, to their lineup. Much of the band's early success can be attributed to their extensive touring schedule and tendency to write and perform upbeat, commercially-friendly pop-rock songs.

In the summer of 2002, Building 429 released the EP “Preflight,” featuring three rough-mixed recordings from their forthcoming second independent release and four acoustic demos. In the fall of 2002, the band's second full-length independent album, entitled “Flight,” was released. In 2003, the album was re-titled “Building 429” and reissued with complete artwork. 2002 ended with Saul Johnson replacing Chris Fuhrer as drummer. Michael Anderson then was hired as drummer after Saul Johnson left the band mid-year.

Their EP, “Glory Defined EP,” was released in 2004. The EP reached #33 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. In 2004, Building 429's national debut, “Space In Between Us,” was released which peaked at #8 on the Christian Albums chart. Produced by Jim Cooper, the album featured the singles, “Above It All,” “The Space In Between Us” and “No One Else Knows.” An expanded edition of “Space In Between Us” was released in August 2005, which included the full original album plus two tracks from the “Glory Defined EP.”

Produced by Monroe Jones, “Rise” was released in 2006 and featured a heavier sound more in line with the band's live performances. Singles released from the record included “Fearless” which reached #40 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart and “I Belong to You” which reached #26. The album also included guest vocals from former dc Talk member Michael Tait and a cover of Blessid Union of Souls' hit “I Believe." The album peaked at #3 on the Christian Albums chart and #81 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

In January 2006 it was announced that guitarist Paul Bowden would be leaving the band at the end of the month to pursue other areas of ministry. In January 2007, the band officially announced that bassist and band founder Scotty Beshears had left the band. Touring bassist Aaron Branch was then hired.

Building 429's third major studio album, entitled “Iris to Iris” was issued in 2007 and peaked at #4 on the Christian Albums chart and #140 on the Billboard 200. The single “Singing Over Me” reached #16 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart.

In 2008 Building 429 moved to INO Records after almost five years with Word Records. The self-titled album “Building 429” was later that year. The album reached #119 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Christian Albums chart. The singles, “End of Me,” peaked at #10 on the Christian Songs chart and “Always” peaked at #24.

Their album, “Listen to the Sound,” was released 2011. The title track was released as a single and reached #6 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. The album reached #115 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Christian Albums chart.

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