Brothers McClurg’s legacy of music and ministry spans three generations and has a rich heritage of serving the local church. What started out as two bands fronted by brothers Anthony and Chris Hoisington, has turned into a group of Christian brothers who share a desire to see lives changed through worship.
The band name pays homage to Anthony and Chris’ greatest influence: their maternal grandfather Pastor Bill McClurg, who led the southern gospel group The McClurg Family Singers.
“We see it as a way of continuing the legacy and ministry while giving it a fresh vision,” says Chris.
Hailing from Buffalo, the band has brought warmth and hope to an area known for its frigid winters, as well as its depressed economy—now making national headlines for as upswing. The band’s mission is to carry Jesus’ message of life, hope and forgiveness to a cities that have been told they’re dead, hopeless and forgotten.
The Brothers love their community through prayer and acts of service, blessing the Church and uniting the Body of Christ in worship. Their goal has always included breaking down denominational barriers, starting with themselves as each band member comes from a different church tradition.
“We want to spur one another on, lifting up the name of Christ inside the church, as well as in the streets,” says Anthony. “Our goal is to rally the church to action, loving one another and also loving the ‘unlovely’ and replicating this passion in every city and community we encounter.”
Chris explains, “Brothers McClurg is a traveling version of your church’s worship team, with many players and faces each adding to what God is doing in times of worship.”
From as far back as Ian can remember, music was always a part of his life. His dad being a musician and his mother a big music fan, he was encouraged from a young age to play and create music. Ian began to receive musical instructions when he was 8-years-old and formed his first band when he was 11, continuing to play music throughout his twenties. But it wasn't until 2005 when he came to faith in Jesus Christ that Ian found his life-purpose in playing and creating music for God.
During the early season of his new faith in Christ, Ian was convicted that in order to be a Christian and a musician meant not sharing the limelight with God. As a result, Ian sold his instruments and stopped his participation in music altogether. He admits that for him the line between performance and authentic worship was blurry and that he needed time to sort through the difference.
Ian had personally resolved to not play music at all if it were not beneficial to his growing relationship with Christ or to his personal testimony of how God had changed his life. After two years, through various affirmations and a guitar given to him by his wife Susan, he began a new journey as a worshipper and songwriter.
Today, Ian plays to audiences large and small, offering a powerful authenticity and transparency not only in song, but in his person. His sound and lyrics resonate with people in their raw, truth-telling nature in a way that evokes a deep sense of shared experience.
Ian resides in Nashville, TN with his loving and artistic wife, Susan and his awesome and talented son, Jonah.
Jessica Crawford is a former small-town Virginia native who traded her limited boarders in 2011 for new opportunities in Music City. After spending two years serving at a creative arts community & inner-city missions base in Nashville, she has now given her life to expressing the love of God as a worship leader and singer/songwriting.
Jessica is currently the Worship Arts Director of The Fountain of Life Church in Burlington, NJ. She is also touring in support of her latest project “Honestly” - a collection of vulnerable songs with a variety of musical influences from folk to pop to gospel. The project was produced by Chris Hoisington and recently released through Old Bear Records.
Ryan Clair is a fresh voice for this generation: rugged & raw, honest & forth telling. Exploring hope alongside the hard questions, Ryan delivers this beautiful tension masterfully.
A graduate of 10,000 Fathers Worship School in Atlanta, Ryan balances family time with 5 kids, songwriting, recording & touring all the while, serving as a full time worship pastor.
Garnering overwhelmingly positive reviews online, charting on #21 on iTunes & finding his way to be played on radio stations across the country. Ryan Clair’s “Less Traveled Road” is just the beginning for this singer/songwriter. Find out more at: www.ryanclairmusic.com
Originally from North Carolina, Richard is currently one of the main drummers at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, where he serves as a full time worship minister. He has played with well known Christian worship leaders such as Misty Edwards, Eddie James, Todd Dulaney, Corey Asbury, Chris Tofilon, and Jaye Thomas.
He travels internationally as a professional drummer and clinician, training and teaching. He draws from his vast experience playing thousands of hours in a 24/7 musical environment that's transmitted live to millions of people and hundreds of nations every year.
Recording on several albums for different artists has also added to his areas of expertise. He has garnered a deep respect from musicians worldwide, not only for his technical ability but also for his sensitivity and creative bent. He has also been a DW drums artist since 2017.
He enjoys connecting and networking with drummers everywhere and he also enjoys life with his wife Cherokee, whose pear pie, he affirms, is the best one on earth.
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Doug has been a veteran of the Pro Audio and Music Technology Industry for nearly 30 years, serving in management roles at Shure, Tascam and E-Mu Systems and also serves as a worship leader, musician and tech at various churches throughout his esteemed career.
Over the last twelve years Doug has been a very effective presenter at hundreds of worship conferences all over North America and beyond, focusing his experience to consult and teach others.
Sheri is a graduate of the University of Ill. She has taught voice privately for over 35 years. She has been a worship leader and music director in various local churches since 1986. She was the director of Good News Productions, an evangelistic outreach involving singing, drama, dance and original musicals for 13 years. She writes for Worship Musician! Magazine and tours the country with her husband teaching and equipping the Body of Christ for music ministry at such conferences as, National Worship Leader Conference, Christian Musician Summit, Seminars4Worship, Camp Electric, Experience Conference, Worship Institute Northeast, WorshipGod and many more.