Kevin Max Transitions Out as Audio Adrenaline Singer, New Lead Vocalist Announced
Audio Adrenaline is again transitioning to a new lead vocalist. Kevin Max (DC Talk) took over the reigns as singer and was a part of their 2012 release, Kings & Queens. However, after two years and over 150 shows, Max has decided to step down as lead singer of the band to pursue his solo music and writing. Audio Adrenaline has made the decision to continue as a band and have introduced Josh Engler, former singer for Abandon, to replace Max as the band's new lead vocalist.
Kevin Max spent the last two years utilizing his unique vocal and writing talents along with bass player Will McGinniss, drummer Jared Byers, and guitarist Dwayne Larring, who joined the group in August of 2013. Together their efforts continued to share Audio A's foundation, which was started by the band's original lead singer Mark Stuart, as well as McGinniss and former band mate Bob Herdman, which is caring for "the least of these" in Haiti and providing support and care for the orphaned and abandoned children residing at the Hands & Feet Project in Jacmel and Grand Goave.
"It has been an honor and a great privilege to be a part of the work Audio Adrenaline has done these last two years," Max shares. "Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss have always been close friends of mine, and this chapter of our lives in service together has been beautiful. I look forward to continually being involved in the Hands and Feet Project and also as a creative ally in anything Audio Adrenaline does in the future."
Audio Adrenaline co-founding member Will McGinniss shares, "I love Kevin and it has been nothing but an honor and a joy to get to journey life with him these last two years. During every show I would look across the stage and smile and think 'God, you are a Creative and Redemptive God.' AudioA and the Hands and Feet Project will be forever grateful to Kevin. I pray that God will continue to use Kevin in a powerful way through music. He is and always will be a dear brother to us all."
Josh Engler was Abandon's lead singer for eight years (2004-2012), leaving that role in 2012 to focus on his family and his church. In 2013, he became the worship arts pastor of Bethel Church in Evansville, IN. Now, with the full support of his church leadership he is excited to continue the role that Stuart so passionately created before permanently losing his vocal abilities more than seven years ago.
Audio Adrenaline's current line-up of McGinniss (bass), Engler (vocals), Byers (drums) and Larring (guitar) have been hard at work writing songs and are currently in the studio working on their follow-up to the band's 2012 critically-acclaimed release, Kings & Queens. The new album is slated for release in 2015 by their record label and ministry partner, Fair Trade Services.