I met Caedmon’s Call in The JOY FM studios back in the early 2000s. They did an event with us at Lake Lanier, playing on the beach. I remember we had to send someone to a local hardware store to get them a galvanized garbage can. It wasn’t that they had a lot of trash, it was part of their percussion set up and they found it cheaper to buy a new one for each show rather than pack and tote it with them.
The band was formed in 1993, their first studio album, “Caedmon’s Call,” came out in 1997. It included three radio hits, “Coming Home,” “Lead Of Love,” and a Rich Mullins song, “Hope To Carry On.” Rich had released that song on the 1989 album “Never Picture Perfect.”
The band continued recording through the 2010 release of “Raising Up The Dead.” They haven’t posted anything as a band on social media since 2014.
The band took their name from the legend of a 7th Century monk and cow herder named Caedmon. The story has it that Caedmon was afraid to sing in public because he lacked talent. One night, as he lay in a pasture with his cattle an angel appeared to him in a dream and called him to sing. When he did he sang in the local language, though at the time all other sacred music was sung in Latin.
From the self-titled 1997 “Caedmon’s Call,” here’s “Hope To Carry On.”
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video, featuring Rich Mullins, shot during the making of the “Hope To Carry On” video.
Bonus video: From the 1999 “40 Acres,” this is “Thankful.”
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