Luke Stone started playing and writing music at the age of 12. He was playing in his first band by the age of 14 and had recorded his first demo at the age of 15. To say that Luke had a love and passion for music would have been an understatement. Over the years Luke had the privilege of playing with some very talented musicians in and around his home town. He even met his wife at a concert in summer of 1998.
After the birth of his first child Luke’s musical career began to gain steam and become more serious when he teamed up with some talented musicians for band called “Stick Fish”. As the bands popularity grew so did the demand on their music. Having a young child at home and other band mates with important obligations, Stick Fish disbanded after a great run of shows.
In the mid 2000’s Luke was playing once again. This time with a southern metal band called “Beyond Burial”. This band’s popularity grew fast and far. After just 4 short months of rehearsing and performing, Beyond Burial was discovered by Matt Roughton of Apostle Records in Eastaboga Alabama. The band recorded their debut release with Apostle and had a great time playing the metal clubs around the region. During this time, Luke decided that his musical calling was more worship driven and began to seek avenues to express that desire.
The Gideon Press was established in 2006 by Luke Stone and David Stout. The band grew and began to change over the years. As the members changed, the sound began to change as well. What started as a simple project grew into a more mature sound. The Gideon Press captured its roots of raw driving rhythms and soaring vocals, but had added intricate arrangements full of flair and emotion. Making it a very popular band on the local scene and the topic ever growing attention among leaders in the music industry.
The band totally restructured in 2008 with the addition of Brian Stamper on lead guitar. Not long after, Lafayette-based artists Kyle Weihe and Jason Smith joined the group to complete the growing sound. In April, 2009, TGP kick-started their career with a Nashville Showcase at the famed Rocketown. Shortly after TGP released a full length CD with Tate Music Group. They were able to open for national touring acts and even had the opportunity to tour around the country. But Luke felt like there was just too great a distance between the music and the ministry he was so passionate about.
In 2011 Luke stepped away from the limelight and traded his music career for time with his family and a place in ministry in the local church. For a few years he served in his home town of Kokomo Indiana as a youth pastor. There he was able to pour into the lives of teens on a more personal level. He had the pleasure of leading people in worship throughout the community on a regular basis. Over the course of a few years, Luke had gotten even deeper into his musical roots and writing.
In the fall of 2014 Luke relocated to Jacksonville Florida where he currently serves as Lead Pastor. Though his work and location have changed, his desire to write and perform have not. Luke is currently working on a new recording project in which he will revisit many songs of his past as well as several new compositions.