|Origin||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Past members||Mike Kofahl|
The band was formed around 2007 by Rivers and Baird, along with Mike Kofahl. After signing a record contract with Daywind Records, their eponymous debut album was released in 2007, produced by Bubba Smith. The album received critical praise and the band received several Dove Award nominations during the 39th GMA Dove Awards, winning "Best Bluegrass Recorded Song".
In 2008, the band participated at the Franklin Graham Crusade, and they've appeared at Winterfest for the past three years. After the departure of Kofahl, Toby Hitchcock, who had been friends with Lead singer Justin Rivers for many years, was asked to come and join the group. The band continued to tour. They recorded a live album called Live at Oak Tree, which was released on CD/DVD in 2009. The album received four Dove Award nominations at the 41st GMA Dove Awards, including "Country Album of the Year" and "Long Form Video of the Year".
In November 2009, the band performed at the opening of Mercy Ministries' new locations in Sacramento, California. In February 2010 they also joined other artists in recording "Come Together Now", a single in support of victims from the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
The group was not able to sustain itself financially throughout 2010 and though it hurt Justin, Jason & Toby very deeply, the boys decided to take a break from touring. The group remains on hiatus as of February 2012, and has no plans to get back together.
Awards and nominations
Austins Bridge has received several Dove Award nominations in their career. In 2008, they were nominated for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year at the 39th GMA Dove Awards. In 2010, they received Dove Award nominations for Country Album of the Year and Long Form Music Video for Live at Oak Tree. The songs "Dry Bones" and "Hold on To Jesus" also received nominations for Country Recorded Song of the Year and Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year respectively.
|2008||GMA Dove Awards||
||New Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|"He's In Control"||Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year||Won|
|2010||GMA Dove Awards||Live at Oak Tree||Country Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Long Form Video of the Year||Nominated|
|"Hold on to Jesus"||Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year||Nominated|
|"Dry Bones"||Country Recorded Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2011||GMA Dove Awards||Times Like These||Country Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Times Like These||Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album||Nominated|
- New album to release on May 4th on AustinsBridge.com
- Come Together official website
- Artist community records "Come Together Now" for Haiti at HM, Doug Van Pelt
- Austins Bridge Bio at ChristianMusic.com