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Root Road / Press

“Amazing harmonies, music with soul and a message, diverse instruments from harmonica to accordion mixed in for effect, enjoyable for all ages! Always a hit with our FISH listeners at festivals and events.”

Jeff Fellers, 94FM The FISH/ CCM Magazine, Event Coordinator - Email Testimonial

“Root Road is undeniably one of the next amazing group of our times. The talent the entire band encompasses is unbelievable. We have coined them "The Beatles" because when you see and hear them you only see music in its ultimate form... Glorifying the name of Jesus is the sweetest part of this "Melodic Cake". You should try the ingredients God has blessed us with in the music of Root Road.”

Loretta Constant - Race Director of Believers Faith Fellowship Church - Email Testimonial

“Recently we were blessed to have Root Road perform at a Salvation Army Women's' Camp in Kentucky. While John, Nathaniel and Anthony Gilkes were there to "perform," it was much more than a performance, it was a powerful and effective Spirit lead ministry. The age range of women at this event was 16 - 91 and the ministry of these young men reached each of them. Their music was excellent quality and very enjoyable. Their testimonies were real and sincere. Their interpersonal skills in connecting with the women at the conclusion of the evening were genuine and wonderful to witness. We look forward to future opportunities to include them in our planning.”

Major Jan Harwell, Divisional Secretary for Women's Ministries - Email

“I like Root Road’s music, it’s refreshing! They have the look, the sound, the talent, the Spirit and the material.”

“We have been blessed today by Root Road! They are the most wonderful and humble people. I encourage anyone to listen to their music because I know it will be a blessing to you.”

Raphael Gabay, Pastor - New Beginnings Worship Center - Amherst OH - I Encourage Anyone To Listen To Their Music

“We extremely enjoyed our concert here with Root Road. Their Passion and energy was amazing, while their lyrics and message was even better! They exceeded my expectations by far and I would highly recommend them to anyone interested in booking them. Their professionalism was refreshing and I believe they can go far and touch a lot of people along the way!”

RC Davenport, Youth Pastor - Carpenter's House - Murfreesboro TN - Their Passion And Energy Was Amazing!

“Root Road just recently performed at our church and we are really excited about their ministry. We would recommend them to any church or organization that is looking for a group that comes with passion and integrity. These guys really love the Lord and it shows in their music.”

Eric Hines, Pastor - Emerge Worship Center - Murfreesboro, TN - We would recommend them to any church!

“We were fortunate to have Root Road be part of the entertainment at the Taste of Stones River 2009. The performance was excellent and received many compliments from those attending the event. They are a perfect fit for a family event. They were very easy to work with and very professional. I look forward to working with them in the future!”

Leslie Walker, Community Relations Manager - Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Murfre - A Perfect Fit For A Family Event

““Not only was Root Road’s music and stage presence great, but the relationship they share as brothers, on and off the stage, is evident. I watched the crowd during the show to get everyone’s reaction and see if they were engaged, and for that, I give them an A+. Root Road’s music definitely got the crowd’s attention, and their performance kept it. [...] These guys have a real talent and I believe God has great things in store for them, both in their music profession and in their personal lives. I hope there is an opportunity to have Root Road back to Bonhoeffer’s or The Church @ Cross Point in the future.””

Debbie Haxton of Bonhoeffers Coffee House - I give them an A+

"Christmas Time" by Root Road is one of the great pop Christmas songs of the year. I've been playing it over and over and only tonight did I look to see who was doing it [...] "Christmas Time" is upbeat and positive and full of Christmas cheer. So go wherever you have to go, but get this terrific pop Christmas song. It'll bring a smile to your face, I'm bettin', like it did to mine.

"i am here" is an infectious feel-good CD with a little something for everyone. I am hooked on the excellent harmonies and the wholesome God-inspired lyrics. It is hard to pick a favorite tune because they all shine! The thought-provoking songs edify the soul and make this cd a poignant delight!... Kudos to Ernie, John, Anthony, and Nathanael for a job well done! ...This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8...

Murray Hiltz - i am here

“Root Road posses some of the best musicianship on this side of heaven that crosses cultures and genres and I would recommend them to any Church or venue that's looking to have some great music ministered by minstrels of great humility.”

Janard Cross, TV Host/Producer - ...Some of the best musicianship on this side of heaven

“Root Root has a unique blend of vocal harmonies and stage energy that draws the audience into their performance. We hosted the group at our Fourth of July Celebration; it was an excellent concert and we were blessed by the music and the testimony of the Lord’s work in their lives. They were bold and unapologetic in their faith - truly an encouragement to us all.”

Dr. Mark Gregory, Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, Tn. - They were bold and unapologetic in their faith - truly an encouragement to us

“Root Road's music is uplifting and encouraging and brings a great message. Their harmony is outstanding. Root Road is a real blessing!”

Steven Simms, Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center, Nashville TN. - Root Road is a real blessing!

“Root Road played an evening show for New Heights Chapel in July, 2010, and we were very pleased with the quality of their work. The band's harmonies, melodies, instrumentation, and positive uplifting message were perfect for our event. The Gilkes brothers were wonderful to work with, and went above and beyond to please our concert-goers. I can wholeheartedly recommend Root Road to any entity looking to have a positive impact on its community. Our show marked the third time I have seen the band in concert, and each performance has possessed these traits. Just an outstanding band and a great group of young men!”

A.J. Farley, Youth Pastor New Heights Chapel Murfreesboro TN. - I can wholeheartedly recommend Root Road!

“Root Road, thank you for your wonderful performance at this year's 2010 Lorain County Fair. Your smooth harmonizing, well written songs, and youthful energizing music was just the ticket for our stage this year. You truly enjoy the music you perform, and it shows with your stage presence. Root Road made me look like a genius, by having them perform at our fair this year. Whatever it takes to have you back for 2011, I will do so. Good luck to you in future, and keep us in mind for 2011.”

Tom Adams, Special Attractions Director, Lorain County Fair - Root Road made me look like a genius, by having them perform at our fair

“I am the Senior Pastor at House of Praise International Church in Lorain, Ohio. I am writing to you in behalf of the worship band, Root Road. I have known John Gilkes, one of the band members of Root Road for several years. He is a young man of integrity and is passionate about his work as a music artist. Root Road performed at one of our Sunday services this year and modeled a high level of professionalism. We enjoyed the music and felt that they helped to lead the congregation into a true worship experience with the Lord. I believe that you would be greatly blessed to have Root Road come and minister at your church.”

Gilbert Silva, Senior Pastor House of Praise International Church - I believe that you would be greatly blessed to have Root Road come and minister

“Root Road did a phenomenal job with their family harmony and their heart for God, Loved it! I was blessed by their talent and their heart to give into the work of New Generation Church. Just simply over the top!”

Ronald Anderson Pastor of New Generation Church Murfreesboro TN. - Phenominal Job...Loved it!