|Tenth Avenue North members (from left) Jason Jamison, Ruben Juarez, Mike Donehey, Jeff Owen and Brendon Shirley will kick off "The Struggle" tour on Sept. 13 with sponsorship from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Their new album will be available starting Aug. 21.|
Before they were the acclaimed Christian band Tenth Avenue North, Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison and Jeff Owen were friends who met while attending Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Several years and multiple No. 1 songs later, Tenth Avenue North begins its 35-city fall tour on Sept. 13 with sponsorship from Palm Beach Atlantic.
“Tenth Avenue North has its roots at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and we are pleased to support our loyal alumni through this partnership,” University President William M.B. Fleming Jr. said. “The PBA family is proud of Tenth Avenue North and proud to support them in their success. In many ways, we share the same audience. Many of Tenth Avenue North’s fans are our potential students.”
“The Struggle” is Tenth Avenue North’s biggest headlining tour to date, featuring guest artist Audrey Assad, who also attended PBA, and the band Rend Collective Experiment. The tour kicks off in Sewell, N.J. and will visit such cities as New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit and Chicago before concluding in Florida.
Both Jamison, the band’s drummer, and Donehey, the lead vocalist, are 2003 graduates of PBA. Jamison majored in biblical studies, and Donehey majored in theatre arts with a minor in youth ministry. Owen, who plays electric guitar, attended PBA in 2002. The band’s other members are bass player Ruben Juarez and keyboardist Brendon Shirley.
In 2009, the University’s Alumni Association presented Donehey, Jamison and Owen its Young Alumni award. Afterward, the band performed many of its hit songs for the student body.
During that event, Donehey told the students that the University once allowed the musicians to use one of its vans so they could travel to their out-of-state performances.
The band members’ dedication to their craft paid off a few years later. Tenth Avenue North reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Artist Chart in 2009 with By Your Side, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart and No. 3 overall for the decade. Such acclaim earned Tenth Avenue North the New Artist of the Year title at the Gospel Music Association’s 40th Annual Dove Awards.
Consequently, Tenth Avenue North’s debut album, Over and Underneath (May 2008), sold more than 100,000 copies in less than seven months and ranked among Billboard’s Top 10 Christian Albums of 2009.
Tenth Avenue North saw its sophomore record, The Light Meets The Dark (May 2010), debut at No. 1 on the Nielsen Christian SoundScan chart and No. 15 on the Billboard 200. The project secured the No.1 Christian Album chart position at both iTunes and AmazonMP3, reaching Top 5 on iTunes’ Overall chart.
In 2010, Tenth Avenue North also received a Dove Award nomination for Group of the Year and claimed the coveted Song of the Year honor for By Your Side.
Additionally, the 2009-2010 season marked guest spots on the “Winter Jam” tour, Casting Crowns’ “Until the Whole World Hears” tour, a very active summer festival schedule and Tenth Avenue North’s fall 2010 “The Light Meets the Dark” tour. The latter played to more than 67,000 fans and generated sponsorships for 1,700 children within Compassion International programs.
Since its last release, Tenth Avenue North Live: Inside and In Between (March 2011), a live CD/DVD experience, Tenth Avenue North has continued to move through constant streams of feature spots and major tours, most recently wrapping label mate Third Day’s fall 2010/spring 2011 “Make Your Move” tour and the fall 2011 “Rock & Worship Roadshow.” In 2011 alone, the band performed for audiences in excess of 500,000. Its memorable song You Are More was the No. 1 Song of the Year on Billboard’s Christian Audience Chart.
Earlier this year, Tenth Avenue North’s By Your Side achieved digital Gold status, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, signifying 500,000 singles sold.