On July 1, I chatted via telephone with lead singer Nikita Odnoralov from the Christian pop-rock group Everfound about their eponymous debut album, which will be released on July 16, via their record label, Word Entertainment.
The project was co-produced by Seth Mosley and Pete Kipley and all twelve songs on the CD were either written or co-written by Everfound. “We have a brand new record coming out and we are so excited about it since we have been working on it for two years,” he said. “We are thrilled to get the music out to the people. We had a bunch of songs for this album and the song selection process was extremely challenging because we loved a lot of the songs that we wrote. We had a group of friends and music lovers that listened to the new songs with us and we chose the best songs for this collection. It was definitely a journey.”
Everfound is made up of four Russian-born brothers, Nikita on lead vocals, Ruslan on guitars and keyboards, Illarion on bass and drummer Yan Odnoralov. They immigrated to the United States in 1996 from Russia and they reside in Colorado. All brothers were classically trained in piano and they have played the instrument since the age of six. “My grandmother was a piano teacher so at our house, the day we turned seven, we had two hours of piano lessons each day. It was quite the journey,” he said.
Their hit “Never Beyond Repair” reached the Top 15 on the charts and in March, their song “What Love Means” was featured on the History Channel’s epic mini-series “The Bible,” which was well-received by Rick Warren, who subsequently tweeted about Everfound, “Mark my word: This band is going to be huge.” “That was amazing and totally unexpected,” Nikita acknowledged. “We knew he was going to be there, but we are thrilled that he became a fan and now we are going back for a CD release party there.”
Nikita noted that the songs on this record were all personal songs that were either derived from conversations with friends or from things that they have experienced. “We just try to be real and we write about anything, whether it is breakup with a girlfriend or something else that is happening in our lives or just spending time with friends,” he said. “After hearing this album, I want the fans to know that there is hope, no matter what area of their lives they find themselves in. We are not too far from being repaired, if there is hope.”
He revealed that he and his brothers were inspired by an array of artists which included The Killers, Coldplay, 30 Seconds to Mars, OneRepublic, The Fray, Muse, Switchfoot, as well as Skillet.
Nikita added, “I love the classics and I love artists like Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, since these women have huge voices and I would love to sing with them.”
He praised the talents of traditional Christian vocalists Amy Grant and Sandi Patty. “When I was about 12 years old, I started listening to Amy Grant and she blew my mind. She is awesome,” he said. “I saw Sandi Patty since a couple of years back and it was phenomenal. Her voice is amazing.”
On their plans for the future, Nikita stated that they are going out on tour with Christian rock group Sanctus Real. “We are so excited for that since we have known those guys for a while now and we cannot wait to tour with them,” he said. “We are excited to be playing a lot and we want to see people and bring the music to the fans. That’s my favorite part.”
For more information on Everfound and their music, visit their official website.