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Formed in 2010 in Kingston, Washington, The Exchange consists of brothers Jack and Britt Espinosa, and Tyler Mays. The group has already gained a captive following throughout the Pacific Northwest due to their energetic performances and catchy, melodic pop/rock sound. Their debut EP “Show Me How To Love" was released in 2011, and since then singles like “Tell Me Your Story” and “Beautiful King” have been well received, landing national airplay on networks like Air-1 and K-Life. In 2012, The Exchange was featured as New Release Tuesday’s “Indie pick of the week,” and the group was a finalist in Seattle’s Spirit 105.3 Local Music Project. From October-December 2013, their single “The Earth Will Shake” stayed in Effect Radio’s top 30 rotation, peaking at #5.
The band’s newest release, “The Exchange” EP, was recorded in the Lone Star State of Texas with producer Brooks Paschal, formerly of Sullivan. The new EP picks up where SMHTL left off and continues to focus on the importance of having a personal connection with God. “The new EP is interesting because some of the songs were written over three years ago, some were written five months before we went into the studio, and one was practically written in the studio,” Britt Espinosa says. “When we compiled the songs for the EP, we found that they all had themes of wrestling with life's purpose and with God.”
“These songs are also a celebration of the hope and new life we have in Christ,” Tyler Mays says. “The track ‘Brand New Day’ speaks to God's promise that His love is fresh and new every single day. ‘Feel It In Our Hearts’ describes crying out to God from the dark places we pass through as humans, and the longing so many of us have to wake up and feel Him near. ‘My Vision’ is all about perspective. Our plans and understanding are small and incomplete compared to those of God, and there often come points in our lives where we need to recognize that and surrender to Him in new ways.”
Having played 350+ shows in their first four years, The Exchange is on track for a busy schedule in 2014, leaving the guys little time to be home with their family and loved ones. But for the group, traveling is a labor of love. “We’ll spend several hours after each show talking to kids, signing stuff, and just listening to people talk about their lives. Even if we have to get up at six A.M. the next morning for an eight hour drive, we like to spend every moment we can investing in people,” Britt says. According to Mays, “people tell us stories of how a song spoke to them or helped them through a rough time. Moments like this are awesome because they show that God uses broken, ordinary people like us for His glory. I hope people will be encouraged by the music, and that it will continue to give listeners a positive view of God and who He has made us to be.”