by Joyce Rempel
Hope’s Creed is a new band turning heads in Alberta’s Christian music scene. After releasing their first EP in 2017, the Calgary-based worship collective won a spot to perform in 2018 at No Greater Love. They opened concerts in Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton for Nashville artist, Jason Gray. They also shared their music at local events, including Calgary Dream Centre’s ‘Festival of Trees’ benefit and a corporate event at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
This dynamic nine-member group is the brainchild of songwriter Jayne Luy, who wrote original songs for a Nashville recording artist before launching Hope’s Creed. “Our primary focus is to create and share original, faith-based music, and to support local and regional ministries,” Luy says.
Alberta-born and raised, Luy studied Languages at University of Alberta, then later obtained a Masters in Piano Performance. She is married to an engineer and spent nine years overseas before moving to Calgary. “We arrived in 2016,” Luy recalls. The couple knew no one in Calgary, so they began looking for a home church. “I had a backlog of unproduced, original music,” Luy says, “And I thought, ‘God has brought me back to Canada. Maybe I’ll be here for a little while, so I should look at doing something more permanent.’” She was accepted as Artist in Residence at First Alliance Church and began collaborating on various projects with Music Pastor David Klob and other musicians. Luy developed a friendship with Kristal Chalmers of Centre Street Church. With Kristal’s powerful vocals and experience leading worship, she was a natural fit as lead vocalist in Hope’s Creed. Kristal introduced Luy to acoustic guitarist Stephane Swinton, who also joined the band.
Luy shared her vision with several gifted musicians she’d met through First Alliance, asking each one to consult with their families to ensure they’d support this commitment. “Nobody does this full time,” she explains, “We have paying jobs and serve from our spare time, our family time.”
Of the six people she asked, “They all said yes! It seems like God had prepared hearts ahead of time,” Luy exclaims. Additional vocalists are David Klob and Jessie Moore; instrumentalists include Rob Bauman, keys, Owen Berg, drums, Matt Stel, electric guitar, Jon Thomson, bass, and Luy on piano.
Their first event was the EP release concert in late 2017. Then Hope’s Creed won a 2018 contest, after competing with 38 other groups, to perform live at the No Greater Love Festival. Luy emphasizes the incredible influence the Festival had on elevating their profile.
Luy expresses deep gratitude for the broad support they’ve received: “I would not have been able to do this without First Alliance Church opening the door as Artist in Residence.” The band also has a good relationship with Shine FM. “They’ve been very good to us, playing three of our songs faithfully, including ‘Here I Am,’ our title track.” Luy knows this is unusual for new bands. “I feel like the whole community has worked to help us.
The band relied on the experience of local producer, Cory Bitner, to establish the gospel-rock sound of their first EP. Band members are now collaborating to further develop the “Hope’s Creed sound.” They plan a second EP release this year.
Their next performance is on February 22, at First Alliance Church. Future events include the Sweet Interlude (Menno Simon’s school fundraiser) in collaboration with Calgary’s Harmony Through Harmony. They are headlining Cornerstone of Hope’s first fundraiser and the Umbrella Conference concert, as well as leading weekend worship at Centre Street Church.
For info and bookings, see www.hopescreedmusic.com or Hope’s Creed Band (YouTube/Facebook).