Aaron & Jeoffrey
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Aaron & Jeoffrey Biography
To Aaron Benward, the image of an upward trek sums up perfectly the message of Aaron Jeoffrey's third Star Song Records release, which is fittingly titled The Climb. "As you move up the mountain, you look around the next corner, and you see a place you know you'd like to be," Aaron says. "Or you look around another corner and realize you've been that way before and you don't want to go there again. It's a constant process of growth, of reaching for God."
Their own journey has led the father-son duo to grow into well-defined roles as they release The Climb and prepare to perform its songs on tour. Musically, Aaron takes more of a lead-vocal role. Meanwhile, his dad, Jeoffrey, provides a larger share of the matchless harmonies for which Aaron Jeoffrey has become known on its first two projects, which produced six No. 1 hits, and a "Song of the Year" Dove Award nomination for "He Is."
Stylistically, Aaron Jeoffrey allowed the music on The Climb to develop into a live, more spontaneous sound. "When you put four great musicians in a room together and just let them play, the results are amazing," Jeoffrey says. "We did the song 'Stranger' in one pass."
Giving the album a live feel also allowed Aaron Jeoffrey to anticipate how the music and lyrics will influence audiences when the group goes on tour-a concern that is always foremost in Jeoffrey's mind.
"One of my concerns is, how is each song going to communicate in a live setting?" Jeoffrey says. "Before Aaron Jeoffrey, I had a solo career, and I've been in ministry for a while. So I recognize points during a concert when I need to step up and communicate a message that is relevant to the evening and to all age groups: Aaron is really in touch with the youth culture, and he can speak to their day-to-day issues."
Aaron and Jeoffrey also complement each other in the creative process of selecting songs and settling on a sound and message they want to achieve. "We'll sit down together and talk about the direction we want a song to go," says Jeoffrey. "There are times we differ, but we always work it out."
What's to come for Aaron Jeoffrey? They intend to keep on sharing and-living out in their own lives-a message of grace and mercy. It's a message that is evident in each song on The Climb, but especially on one of Aaron's favorites, "A Moment of Mercy." "We need to know that God's grace and mercy are real," Aaron says. "Lots of Christians beat themselves up. I know I've done that. The message of that song, and the message I want to share, is that God loves us a lot more than we can comprehend."