(directly from Todd Anthony Joos)
I have gone through many changes over the last 4 years. These changes have been a long time coming and they cover areas of my life like,
physical, emotional, and spiritual.
It all started by deciding to get my physical self under control. I lost more than 120 pounds over 4 years ago and still feel fantastic! During all of the physical changes I began to feel a pull by God to get my life right with him. This was not something that I was unfamiliar with even though I had fallen away from God. I grew up in a family where my father was (and still is) a preacher. My dad was (and is) much more than just your typical dry, hum drum, stale sermon giver. No, my father is an on fire servant of God. He currently is a pastor at a church here in my home town and he also is (has been for 40years) the director of a youth based ministry as well. In addition to this he also makes regular mission trips to the country of Haiti where he has seen just about everything imaginable
and has even been taken hostage as a political prisoner.
As I was going through this process of “getting it together”, I began to feel a desire to go and hear my Father preach. Now this was difficult for me on a few levels. Level one, being a producer and a studio owner has meant that I have worked just about every Sunday for
the last 20 years. Level two, I have traditionally hated Church! Why the hatred of Church you ask? Well it’s simple. Because my Father and Mother have been in ministry all of these years, I have seen them experience a great deal of judgment and persecution. For the most part, this ugly junk hasn’t come from the non-Christian community, No…it has come straight from the folks that have proclaimed to be Christians! My experience has been that when people come to know Jesus, they seem to take on this persona that through Christ they can be self righteous, arrogant, and judgmental. It’s a crazy concept if you really look at what Christ was and is all about. Jesus Christ showed compassion to all people. He was not judgmental. In fact if you really look at him, you will learn about a guy that pretty much surrounded himself with all the down and out people of society. In fact Jesus was considered a Rabbi, and as a Rabbi he was persecuted, and he was a Rabbi (spiritual leader) without a Church. He took his ministry to the streets and to the places where no other spiritual leader dare go.
Because of the disgust I was harboring towards organized Christianity, I pretty much stayed out of the Church. So to make a long story a little shorter, I started to periodically go to church. As I did this I began to find myself being moved to tears every time I would hear my
Father’s messages. It was having a profound positive affect on my relationship with my family and it was changing me for the better as well. So then three years ago I felt led to become the Praise and Worship music leader at my father’s church. I now get up in front of a good sized congregation along with one of my band members Eric Poe and my daughter Lindsay every Sunday and play guitar, sing, and pour my heart out like I never have in all of my life.
So I found myself with a desire to write, record, and release music that reflects what I am feeling. So in November of 2007 I started production on my first Christian album “Sundays at Church”. The album was recorded and mixed at my studio Cellar Records in IL. And I had Nick Blagona(Chicago, Rainbow, The BeeGees, The Police, Cat Stevens, Nazareth, Rainbow, April Wine, Kim Mitchell, Deep Purple, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Bruce Homsby, George Jones, Foo Fighters, Greenday, Starewell, Alexisonfire etc., etc..) Master the album at his studio in Dundas Ontario Canada. It was a large undertaking but the making of the record turned out to be one of me biggest blessings on so many levels.
After the production of the new album wrapped up I decided that I needed to put a live band together in order to bring this music and the message to the people, God blessed me once again with a great line up of musicians and Brothers in order to do this. It still amazes me how much God blesses my life when I turn everything over to him and simply say “God let your will be done”. The band is called Todd Anthony Joos and the Revelators. This band and the music are all about keeping the focus on Jesus! We want to glorify and praise our risen lord and savior Jesus Christ. We are not concerned with professional Christians and
Church politics. We are not playing “Church”! We are praising the Lord!
In my mind, music is a gift from God. I think God loves it when his people make a joyful noise. So I wiE now, and until the end of my life sing out with all of my heart in order to prepare ye the way of the Lord!
Todd Anthony Joos – Lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keys
Eric Poe – Bass guitar
AJ Hauser – guitar, mandolin
Josh Flaharty – Drums