Maverick City Music is coming to Phoenix. Why You Should See Them – The Arizona Republic | WHs Answers

What began as a group of songwriters working together in one room has grown into one of the most revolutionary music collectives in contemporary Christian/Gospel music: Maverick City Music.

The group – which oscillates between seven and nine members, including Naomi Raine, Chandler Moore and Brandon Lake – formed in 2018. Since then she has recorded hits like “Jireh” and “Kingdom” and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2022.

Here are five things you should know about Maverick City Music ahead of their July 28 concert at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix.

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Maverick City Music never wanted to start a band

Maverick City Music founders Tony Brown and Jonathan Jay never intended to start a full-fledged music group. Both men were already songwriters for Housefires, another worship music group.

The group Maverick City Music accepts the New Artist of the Year award during the 52nd annual GMA Dove Awards on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.

But in the realm of Christian writing, Brown and Jay — both African American — found few equals.

“Tony realized he was in a room with people who only looked like white men,” said Naomi Raine, one of the early members of Maverick City Music. “He wanted to see what it would be like to get some other people in the room because the church looks like more than one thing.”

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