Austin’s Bridge


The band was formed around 2007 by Rivers and Baird, along with Mike Kofahl. After signing a record contract with Daywind Records, their eponymous debut album was released in 2007, produced by Bubba Smith. The album received critical praise and the band received several Dove Award nominations during the 39th GMA Dove Awards, winning “Best Bluegrass Recorded Song”.

In 2008, the band participated at the Franklin Graham Crusade, and they’ve appeared at Winterfest for the past three years. After the departure of Kofahl, Toby Hitchcock, who had been friends with Lead singer Justin Rivers for many years, was asked to come and join the group. The band continued to tour. They recorded a live album called Live at Oak Tree, which was released on CD/DVD in 2009.[1] The album received four Dove Award nominations at the 41st GMA Dove Awards, including “Country Album of the Year” and “Long Form Video of the Year”.

In November 2009, the band performed at the opening of Mercy Ministries’ new locations in Sacramento, California. In February 2010 they also joined other artists in recording “Come Together Now”, a single in support of victims from the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[2][3]

Their second studio album, Times Like These, was released in May 2010 and was produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.[4] The album received rave reviews and was nominated for a Grammy in 2011.

The group was not able to sustain itself financially throughout 2010 and though it hurt Justin, Jason & Toby very deeply, the boys decided to take a break from touring. The group remains on hiatus as of February 2012, and has no plans to get back together.

In April 2013, Justin Rivers competed in the blind auditions for a spot on NBC’s The Voice: season four, and was selected to be a member of the team mentored by country singer Blake Shelton.

Source from Wikipedia.

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