Rarely does an up-and-coming artist impress industry and fans so readily they’re recognized with a New Artist of the Year nomination before releasing a single project. But that’s what happened to 2011 Dove Award nominated vocal group No Other Name!
Siblings Sam and Laura Allen, along with friend Chad Smith, met at a Nashville music conference. All three admit to knowing early on they shared a musical chemistry.
“During a break in classes, we decided to be tourists and visit the Ryman Auditorium,” says Laura of their decision to check out the legendary Nashville concert venue. “They were letting people get up on stage that day, so we were all taking turns. Then Chad got up there and sang. Sam and I looked and each other and said ‘Wow! He is good!’”
Sam and Laura soon recruited Chad to audition for a special concert to be held at the event’s conclusion. “We auditioned and made it on the program,” recalls Sam. “It was good to partner with somebody like Chad because so often you meet people who are great singers but can’t hear harmonies. Chad could do both really well.”
Within a few months the siblings left the Christmas tree farm they had grown up on near Tampa, Florida while Chad said goodbye to family in Louisiana. Soon all three young singers took up residence in Music City. Though No Other Name could easily have found success as a country or pop act, the style of music they wanted to sing was never in question.
“I was a music major in college and involved in every ensemble you could imagine,” says Sam, “but I think there is something special about using the gift God gave you as a specific ministry. I truly believe that you can minister with any kind of music.”
Laura agrees, “Music is clearly a language that can communicate to everybody.”
No Other Name is a strong proponent of international missions and has partnered with the International Mission Board to help recruit workers while joining the organization on recent trips to Nicaragua and Brazil.
Two of No Other Name’s music videos were filmed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Bangkok, Thailand, which serve to underscore the group’s aim to spread the gospel worldwide.
While Sam was attending Nashville’s famed Belmont University as a commercial music major, he caught the attention of legendary record executive Mike Curb who soon tapped No Other Name to become part of the Curb Records roster that includes Natalie Grant, Selah, Plumb and other Christian music notables.
The group’s national debut, The Other Side, releases on Curb in October 2011.
Working with award-winning writer/producer Bernie Herms (Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns) in cooperation with Jason Kyle and Blake Bollinger, the trio gathered songs for The Other Side that are equal in strength of message to its vocal firepower.
This missions-focused trio has paid its dues on the road, playing churches, conferences, camps – just about anywhere they were asked to play. Tom Jackson Productions has been glad to participate in the work on their live show.
Chad says one of their favorite Bible verses reads “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” And No Other Name is out to make Jesus’ name known all around the world!