members of Canaan's Crossing come from the small North Alabama
town of Arab (pronounced Ay-Rab). The band performed from 2000
until 2006 under the name Jordan River gathering nominations
for the Dove Award's Bluegrass Album of the Year in 2004 for "There's
No Other Way" and the Traditional Gospel Group of the Year
in 2006 by SPBGMA. In early 2006 they signed to record for Song
Garden Music Group. Shortly after signing, management at Song
Garden was approached by someone claiming rights to the name "Jordan
After being notified the group's name would
have to be changed, the band Canaan's Crossing began. Tim Maze
bass player and lead
vocalist of Canaan's Crossing states, "this was definitely
the most trying time of our career but being good friends like
we are and with the help of the Lord, we were able to work through
it and come out much stronger. When you put your heart and soul
into something as we all have, you don't want to see it hindered
but it seemed we were able to draw closer together and to God".
One of the finest young talent that has come
along in a long time is Tina Miller. Tina comes from a bluegrass
Holly Pond, Alabama where her grandfather started teaching her
to play the fiddle at the age of 5. Being an instrument maker
and friends with bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe and others,
he new the basics of bluegrass music and how to start young musicians
with proper technique and the "feel" that makes bluegrass
a unique form of music. Tina is also featured vocally on many
of the songs by Canaan's Crossing and writes much of their material.
Andy Wilks, guitarist learned to sing at the young age of 4
with his sisters Sonya and Cheryl where he learned to sing harmony.
He continued performing through high school and college with
involvement in two state champion FFA Quartets and two other
Drew Long is 18 years old and an accomplished
banjo and acoustic guitar player. Drew also sings very well
and is featured on Canaan’s
Crossing latest release “Beautifully Broken” on two
songs “He’s My Guide” and “Amazing Love”.
Drew definitely has his heart into the bluegrass sound of Canaan’s
Josh Palmer, also age 18, was playing in Gatlinburg,
TN daily when he was contacted by Ratliff Mandolins in East
to advise him of an opening with Canaan’s Crossing. While
playing in the Smokies, Josh still made his home in Gadsden,
AL so it was a move closer home. Josh’ mandolin style fits
Canaan’s Crossing as if he had been here since the beginning.
Canaan’s Crossing is very diversified
playing large venues such as Main Stage at NQC and Silver Dollar
City in Branson
but, they are equally as comfortable in a rural church setting.