Chris and Stephanie’s story of downfall, heartbreak, and miraculous redemption is woven deep into the fabric of their music. After growing up in church and marrying young, like so many young men, Chris slowly and quietly lost all faith in God during college. Even while slipping deeper into drugs and every other whim of his heart, he secretly managed an alter ego for years around church friends, family, and even Stephanie. Finally, everything surfaced one Thursday night in January 2010 as Stephanie’s life unraveled before her eyes. Their young marriage quickly collapsed in divorce as Chris walked away from God, friends, and everything he had built with Stephanie. What happened next can’t be called anything other than a miracle. His independence very rapidly found him in the darkest and most desperate place of his life, and it was there that he was shown the depth of his selfishness and pride. Incredibly, in just over a year, God mended their hearts and restored their marriage, and He still continues to breathe new life into their story today.
Out of the Dust’s amazing story carries a message of restoration that is artistically delivered in their music—a mix of indie, folk, and pop styles that is stirring, thoughtful, and uniquely their own. Their influences range from the intricate ambience of Fleet Foxes to the fun, quirky melodies of Ingrid Michaelson and the skillful, acoustic arrangements of John Mayer.
“We’ve seen for ourselves God’s incredible power to restore the darkest parts of our lives. Now, we can’t help but share this hope with other couples who are struggling and any heart that’s been broken. God’s power is real and He desires to restore His people so that others can see the hope and be healed as well.”