One of the most exciting young vocal bands on today’s musical landscape is Brandon Camphor & OneWay (BC1way), a dynamic East Coast group that stylistically dances along the divide separating Christian pop and urban gospel music to create its own unique hybrid that’s earning it fans and followers from across the globe. Over the last decade, the group has earned 4 (FOUR) Billboard Top 30 chart hits with the songs, "God of Mercy," "You Are God," and their biggest hit yet, "I Choose You," which peaked at No.21 on the Gospel Airplay chart in 2015. Now, they are back on the grind with a rousing new inspirational track "Celebrate" that is sure to light up the radio airwaves for years to come.
Raised in a church-going family in the Washington, D.C. area, the enterprising singer/ songwriter Brandon Camphor cut a five-song EP To The One in 2005 while still in college. However, he had a strong desire to launch a vocal group that would create a fusion of urban and pop flavored harmonies and music that also unabashedly celebrated the group’s Christian faith. “We boldly proclaim that we are the generation who can change the world,” says Camphor. “Our mission is to point people to the only way to heaven and that is Jesus.”
On that note, BC1way was born in 2007 as Camphor recruited singers Angela Jones, Julia McMillan, and Fred Cleveland; It was also that year that Camphor ignited The Encounter, a late night alternative in the Washington, D.C. area, where young adults of all cultures convened for a festive night of worship and Bible-based ministry. The Encounter has since impacted thousands of young adults throughout the area and provided a platform to introduce BC1way to young audiences up and down the East coast.
BC1way’s debut CD Regeneration hit in the fall of 2009. With shades of rock and funk, the inspiring songs of faith and worship included fan favorites “It’s Possible (Gotta Have Faith)” and “Bless the Lord” which was later recorded by Myron Butler. The closing song “One Way” explained the group’s name and mission. “One way to live the life,” they sing. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah! I’m gonna live for Christ. He’s the way, the truth, the life.” They continued to make inroads by performing at Christian festivals and by winning The Most Powerful Voices Competition presented by The Gospel Music Channel in 2011. This led to the group signing their first major recording contract with Music World Gospel (Mathew Knowles). They sang on the nationally televised Power Awards and were featured on the Most Powerful Voices Compilation Vol. 1 album that boasted Kim Burrell, Brian Courtney Wilson and Trin-i-tee 5:7, among others.
In 2012, Camphor created the Jesus Rock: Live It Loud college tour that found BC1way touring with Tye Tribbett, Kierra Sheard and Group1Crew. Meanwhile, a recent move to New York City found Camphor joining the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church where he quickly became a soloist on the legendary Grammy Award winning church choir’s CD’s “Love Lead The Way” and “Pray.” Most recently he was featured on the hit song “Psalm 34,” a soul stirring track led by himself and Durrell Comedy which has earned over 37 million YouTube views and counting. It hails from the choir's 30th album, I Am Reminded (Brooklyn Tabernacle Music/Provident Distribution), which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Album sales chart in 2018.
More recently the inspirational vocal group has released an a cappella rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” that reintroduces the song to new generations. Their latest release “Celebrate”, is a fresh take on Gary Oliver’s “Celebrate Jesus” made popular in the nineties. BC1way, while staying true to their beautifully blended harmonies fans have grown to love and expect, put an unexpected and delightful spin on the gospel favorite.
BC1way are now gearing up to release a sophomore full length album in 2022 that aims to expand the boundaries of gospel music while also demonstrating that BC1way is on to a new way to introduce faith music and principles to a new generation of listening ears.
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