Legacy. It’s a word Adam Agee, Dave Stovall, Brandon Bagby and Jack Campbell are hearing a lot lately. Taking the reigns of one of Christian music’s most beloved bands, Audio Adrenaline, from former members Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss, the new foursome may have some big shoes to fill, but they also have a new trail to blaze.
Audio Adrenaline is poised for a fresh season, ready to build upon a storied history with a reenergized passion to reach the next generation of fans. With the full support of founding members Stuart and McGinniss, the group honors its heritage—performing a string of Audio A’s most beloved hits in concert—while also bringing their distinct personalities to the music.
“We’re not trying to be those guys at all. We’re going to be us,” says Adam, former lead singer of Dove Award-winning pop/punk act Stellar Kart. “We’re going to carry on this legacy and this name because it is a great name and a great legacy, but we’re different people. We’re going to continue to write new songs and continue to push into the future and gain new fans.”
“Watching the guys practice for this tour and record has been such a joy,” Mark affirms. “Hearing the old classics with the new Audio A message makes me proud to be part of a legacy that continues to focus on the glory of Christ and the absolute joy of becoming His hands and feet.”
Dave, who was originally signed to Stuart and McGinniss’ Flicker Records as part of the band Wavorly, cites Audio A among his leading musical influences. “These guys have been my heroes,” Dave says. “I was just a 12-year-old kid in a crowd, thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, these guys are excellent musicians; they’re making great music; and they’re Christians. They’re the coolest people I know.’ That inspired a life career for me, so my personal goal with the band is to become what the older generation of Audio A was to me.”
Brandon, who was part of Know Hope Collective—an acclaimed worship ensemble birthed by Stuart and McGinniss that, among others, included David Leonard and Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters—is also an accomplished visual artist and was a sought-after session guitarist prior to joining the new Audio A line-up. Meanwhile, Jack, the group’s youngest member, grew up listening to Christian rock in his native Australia. Most recently, he served as a drum tech for Newsboys. “I think I was 9 when my parents bought me a kit, and they regretted it,” he laughs, “but it’s the best thing they ever bought me.”
Like their predecessors, the band continues to focus on Gospel-centric lyrics.
Adam wants the band’s music to energize listeners to put their faith into action as well. “Some of the last words of Jesus were, ‘Go into the world and make disciples of the nations.’ That’s the mission we’re honored to keep—going into the world and taking care of people, taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves.”
United around a common goal, Audio Adrenaline hopes longtime fans will celebrate with them in this season. “They have always had such great, loyal fans, and that’s what’s so fun,” Adam says of the group’s iconic history. “When you can impact people like that and they stay with you and have your back for 25 years, it’s amazing.”
As for the big shoes this new foursome stands poised to fill? They’re more than ready, Adam assures. “I consider it a privilege to get to carry on this legacy and continue to play music and inspire a new generation the way Mark and Will and the others who built Audio Adrenaline inspired us.”
“I have a moment on stage every night where I look out in the crowd and think, ‘I cannot believe I’m getting to do this!’”