Talking with Tree63’s John Ellis

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Before it was the popular thing to do in CCM, Tree63 released modern day worship music. This wasn’t just good worship music, it was quality music. In 2001, Tree63 was awarded the Dove Award for Rock album of the Year for their Inpop Records self-titled debut. Unfortunately, the group decided to disband. However, following a seven year hiatus, this South African band has decided that they weren’t done. They announced a KickStarter (that is still ongoing) for a new record to be released in the summer of 2015. I recently spoke to Tree63’s John Ellis about the upcoming release.

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Gabe: Growing up in South Africa, how did you become interested in making music?

John: Africa, as I’m sure you’re aware, is a very musical place, but growing up in Apartheid South Africa as a white suburbanite, we were really only exposed to European radio hits and European/American culture. So…

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