What do Indianapolis sports, Indianapolis media, and Indianapolis music have in common? The answer is Connersvine, a Christian influenced acoustic duo that is signed with INO Records. Connersvine is comprised of two members, Chris Wilson and Hunter Smith, who on face value seem like they should be diametrically opposed. Chris Wilson is an artsy, introverted, poetic type who has been playing and writing music since he was ten years old. Smith, on the other hand, is a professional football player in addition to being a skilled singer and musician.
|Video of Indianapolis music duo Connersvine performing on The Harvest Show|
Hunter Smith has been dominating in Indiana sports for many years; he played every game during his four seasons as a punter for the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, and he won the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. During his time with the Colts, Smith was both the punter and the placeholder for former Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt. In 2005, Smith even wrote a song for the Bob and Tom Show about his time with Vanderjagt, entitled “The Most Accurate Holder to Ever Play the Game.”
Chris Wilson and Hunter Smith met when the duo led music together at a youth group on the south side of Indianapolis. Before long, they knew that they had a musical connection that could be used to effectively praise the Lord. In Connersvine, the two sometimes play alone and sometimes with a backing band, but on every song their voices soar and intertwine to create meaningful melodies and deeply emotional ballads.
|A video of Indianapolis music group Connersvine performing “Live for You”|
Similar to Indianapolis bands like Haste the Day and The Goodnight Horizon, Connersvine’s music has a distinctly faith based flavor. Though Connersvine’s songs often have Christian or biblical themes, Wilson and Smith reject the label of a “Christian band.” In an interview with the Washington Post in 2009, Smith said “I don’t necessarily believe that there’s Christian music and mainstream music. I think that we are Christians who play music.”
|Video of an interview with Indianapolis music group Connersvine|
Connersvine signed with INO Records in 2006, and their eponymous debut album was released through that label in 2007. Connersvine consists of twelve songs, including “Hero”, a song written about Hunter Smith’s son, and the single “Live For You”, which Wilson says is “the lyrical heartbeat of the band”. The album received mostly lukewarm reviews; Jesus Freak Hideout said Connersvine is “a passionate display of worship and adoration for their Savior, with hints of potential for greater things to come from the duo in the future,” while Christian Music Today said that it’s “a fair album with some good moments,” but that there’s “not quite enough forward progress in the artistry to earn Connersvine a first down.” However, Wilson and Smith are continuing to hone their craft in spite of what the critics say.
|Video of Indianapolis music group Connersvine performing at the Winterjam festival in Alabama|
Despite the hectic scheduling needs driven by being a professional football player (Smith now plays for the Washington Redskins), Connersvine continues to tour extensively in cities in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. The band has played in Carmel, Zionsville, Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Hanover University in Hanover, Greenwood, Ball State University in Muncie, Portland, Whitestown, Kendallville, the Colts Pavilion in Indianapolis, and the Taste of Tippecanoe in West Lafayette, a local festival that rivals similar Indianapolis fairs and festivals. The band also plays in many Indianapolis music venues, though not too many Indianapolis bars.
For more information on Connersvine, including upcoming tour dates, music samples, blog posts, and videos, please visit the band’s homepage.
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