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Release date:September 29, 2006

WBU to host worship rally with Annie Moses Band

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University will host a free youth worship rally for the area on Wednesday, Oct. 4, featuring the Annie Moses Band.

              The event is slated for 7 p.m. in Harral Auditorium, and all area youth groups are welcome to attend the rally, sponsored by Wayland’s Office of Church Services.

              Formally established in 2002, the Annie Moses Band consists of siblings Annie, Alex and Benjamin Wolaver, natives of Nashville, Tenn. The trio began musical instruction as young children through Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, playing their first performance as an ensemble at the ages of nine, seven and five, respectively.

              Besides their vocal talents, the band members are also talented instrumentalists. Annie plays the violin and sings, Alex plays the viola and sings, and Benjamin plays the cello. The family moved to Manhattan later for the children to study at The Juilliard School’s pre-college program. This led to a regular performance schedule, in addition to songwriting and work with composers in order to produce their first recording, Legacy. The band is named after their great-grandmother, Annie Moses.

              Their style of music is unique, featuring contemporary lyrics and tunes blended with the instrumental flair and classical feel. The band now includes another sister, Camille, on keyboard and harp, as well as jazz percussionist Javier Santiago and bassist Peter Bales. Two younger siblings are working their way into the group’s repertoire as well.

              The group has released six CDs, including two Christmas albums, and several DVDs. Information on the band and their work is available on their Web site at www.anniemosesband.com.