BrokenWorks is the rebirth of the veteran Christian rock band Aslan. What began as a reunion laid the groundwork for the debut album "Blaze Away," 13 fresh offerings delivered in Aslan's signature eclectic style. Inspired writing and inventive arrangements fill these atmospheric songs with themes that provoke the heart, the head, and the soul. The experience and craft realized in this collection of 11 new songs and 2 Aslan classics announce the emergence of a familiar, yet unique, new voice.
The group began life circa 1971 in Long Beach, California, as the duo of Jim Abdo and Rick Conklin, choosing the moniker In His Name after becoming a full band in 1972. By 1975, the band changed its name to Aslan and began a formal association with Maranatha! Music. Aslan was to have its song "In His Name" included on the "Maranatha! Five" sampler LP in 1975, but it was dropped at the last moment. So Aslan made its recorded debut in 1977 on the next sampler, "Maranatha! Six: A Family Portrait," with the song "Who Loves the Lonely." The band's progressive rock leanings, stacked vocal harmonies, and prominent use of keyboards and violin made fans of Yes and Kansas sit up and take notice, clamoring for more. Though Aslan attempted several album projects, none came to fruition, and the band fell apart in 1978.
Over the next two decades, Aslan reunions took place in 1988 and 1998, with the '98 gathering intended as rehearsals for a proposed Aslan reunion concert. The concert didn't happen, but the building blocks for an album were laid with the song "Long Live the King," cut in a single marathon recording session. Abdo, Conklin, and keyboardist Bill Hoppe would christen the band BrokenWorks, re-collaborating with their old mates Johnnie Graves (drums), Michael Holmes (guitar) and Toni McWilliams (vocals). Finally, on January 1, 2009, after 38 years, the first Aslan album was begotten as "Blaze Away" by BrokenWorks.