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Michael Gungor, of Denver, Colorado United States is a Christian worship music singer/song writer. Currently, he leads a weekly worship gathering in Denver called bloom and leads the band Gungor, formerly known as The Michael Gungor Band. Gungor also leads worship for other churches in the United States.
Michael Gungor, son of Pastor Ed Gungor from Wisconsin, has been leading worship since he was 12 years old. He's led worship for children’s church, youth group, as well as adults. Gungor studied jazz at both Western Michigan University and the University of North Texas, then connected with teen ministry Acquire the Fire and a position at Resurrection Life Church in Michigan.
While a part of Acquire the Fire, he formed the Michael Gungor Band, releasing the album Bigger Than My Imagination in 2003, Ancient Skies in 2006, as well as having songs in Acquire the Fire's I"album in 2005. Gungor also contributed in writing distinguished songs like “Friend of God” and the Dove Award-winning “Say So” alongside Israel Houghton.
Gungor and his wife moved to Denver and eventually founded a community of believers called Bloom. The connection between worship and social justice became concrete in Denver, and the outcome is evident on the band's latest album, Beautiful Things.
Along with the move to Denver, came a change in band name, style, and approach. The name went from "The Michael Gungor Band" to simply "Gungor". The first album to be released after the name change was Beautiful Things in 2010. There is remarkably creative instrumentation throughout, hinting at influences ranging as wide as Sigur Rós, Muse, and Sufjan Stevens. Gungor calls this unique sound “liturgical post-rock,” noting that it was written for and still works in a corporate worship setting. Israel Houghton guests on a bass-driven romp called “Heaven.” Rocker “Call Me Out” incorporates a unique banjo sound, and “Higher” reflects the influence of Sufjan. The self-produced album’s credits, which reflect a loose and varying lineup, include Gungor’s wife Lisa on glockenspiel along with bandmates on horns, strings, banjos, a melodica, “foot-stomping mayhem”, and Gungor’s now-signature toy piano.
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GUNGOR TO RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, GHOSTS UPON THE EARTH, WITH BRASH MUSIC ON SEPTEMBER 20
Group to Join “The 7 Tour” for David Crowder*Band’s Farewell
Nashville, Tenn. Jul.18 2011… The GRAMMY ® nominated group, Gungor, will release their latest record Ghosts Upon The Earth on September 20. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Beautiful Things project was composed as a full narrative celebrating both the beauty and frailty of existence.
Produced by the group’s namesake, Michael Gungor, Ghosts Upon The Earth was primarily written by Michael and his wife Lisa who is also a featured vocalist in this musical collective. Recorded in numerous locations, including the Gungor’s home, the album also includes seventeen players, four additional vocalists, a six-person string ensemble and a boy’s choir. Inspiration for the album was orchestrated from Gungor’s weeklong meditation in Assisi where he was inspired by the Saint’s view of the world, as well as from the birth of their daughter last year.
Using lyrical metaphors and allegories, along with unique time signatures and distinctive instruments, Ghosts Upon The Earth creates a musical odyssey for its listeners. Starting with a startling musical imagining of the creation of the universe and traversing subjects like the “fall of man” and the imperfection of our religious systems, the album leads the listener through a roller coaster of emotion that eventually leads us back to wonder and the thankfulness for this beautiful gift of life. Songs such as “Brother Moon,” “The Fall,” “You Are Beauty” and “Every Breath” are placed in purposeful order to tell a full story in the 12 track album.
Ghosts Upon The Earth takes its mysterious title from an allegory by C.S. Lewis titled The Great Divorce, in which the “ghosts” of a grey town encounter a heaven that is astonishingly, even painfully, real. “Sometimes it seems like the most real thing is what we can see and experience with our senses around us – this life, the tangible,” explains Michael Gungor. “Ideas like love, like God, these things sometimes feel more disconnected and ethereal, like that’s the ghostly realm. This is turning it on its head, recognizing that God is real, love is real, and we are the ghosts walking upon the earth, wanting to become more real.”
Known for their innovative live performance, Gungor will take to the road with fellow GRAMMY ® nominees David Crowder*Band alongside John Mark McMillan and Chris August for “The 7 Tour.” This final leg of shows will mark the last tour for the David Crowder*Band, and will hit over 30 major markets this fall.
Shows Being Recorded For Live CD/DVD Release This Coming Fall
Nashville, Tenn., March 20, 2012… With numerous honors and stellar reviews for their latest album, Ghosts Upon the Earth, it is no surprise that three-time GRAMMY ® nominated group Gungor is selling out shows in major cities, including Dallas, Houston and Santa Ana. With stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and more, the “Ghosts Upon the Earth Tour” launched March 1 in Austin, Tex., and features special guest The Brilliance.