VOTA

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VOTA
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Background information
Also known as Casting Pearls
Origin Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Genres Christian rock
Years active 1997–present
Labels INO, Inpop, BigBox
Associated acts Newsboys, Phil Joel
Website www.votaband.com
Members Bryan Olesen
John Wooten
Zach Lardy
Graham Lyons
Past members Justin Wantz
Stefan Carlson
Scott Rutz
Riley Friesen
Cody Bender
Case Maranville
Jeff Goff

VOTA (formerly known as Casting Pearls) is a Christian rock band from Lincoln, Nebraska, featuring Bryan Olesen, a former guitarist with Christian rock band Newsboys. Several of the band's songs have been featured on rotation with national radio networks such as K-Love, and are part of the international 180 Tour. Their song "Hard to Believe" was listed at No. 17 on R&R magazine's May 2, 2009, weekly chart for the United States.[1]

History[edit]

Casting Pearls was formed by Bryan Olesen and bass guitarist Case Maranville in 1997 when they joined drummer Shane Coop. After a few line-up changes, the band solidified in 2003 to include Olesen, Maranville and drummer Scott Rutz. In July 2003, the band met Peter Furler of Newsboys which led to Olesen's tenure as lead guitarist for Newsboys from 2003 to early 2006 and the self-titled release on Furler's Inpop Records of Casting Pearls in 2005.

In 2008, the band changed its name to VOTA due to confusion with similarly named Christian artist Casting Crowns. Originally, the name VOTA was a typo in an email from VOTA's then-current management team, Chaffee Management, as the band, management and label were brainstorming new names. The name VOTA was ultimately chosen by the band as being without a specific meaning and having a bit of mystery to it, allowing their fans to individually interpret the meaning. In summer 2008, while performing at an Oklahoma summer camp, the band discovered the name does have a spiritual meaning. Vota is a Latin root word that stands for a collection of vows before God.[2]

2009 saw the departure of band members Riley Friesen, who left to start a recording studio, Coda Record House, and original Casting Pearls member Scott Rutz, who left the band to pursue an advertising and marketing career.[3] Jeff Goff and Cody Bender joined VOTA shortly before the 2009 LifeLight Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[4] Near the end of VOTA's 2010 tour with BarlowGirl[5] guitarist Cody Bender left the band to focus on his personal life.

On September 27, 2010, the band's official website and Facebook page announced that VOTA once again was getting a new line-up. Case Maranville and Jeff Goff left and were replaced by John Wooten (drums), Justin Wantz (guitar and keyboard) and Stefan Carlson (bass guitar).[6] With Case leaving, Olesen is the only remaining original Casting Pearls member.

A third studio album, Love Found Me, was announced in late 2012 and slated for release on January 8, 2013.[7]

Discography[edit]

All releases up until 2008's VOTA were released under the name Casting Pearls. All of these recordings, except the Really Great Sinners EP can now be found under the band's new name, VOTA.

Albums
Year Title Label Chart peaks
US US Heat US Christ
2004 Casting Pearls Big Box Records/Inpop Records
2007 Live in Wichita Inpop Records
2008 VOTA INO Records 33 25
2009 VOTA: Special Digital Edition INO Records
2013 Love Found Me Big Box Records
EPs
Year Title Label Chart peaks
US US Christ
1997 Really Great Sinners Self-released
2002 Rock Big Box Records
2012 "God of the Universe" Big Box Records
Singles
Year Title Album Chart peaks
Hot 100 Hot Christ.
2008 Hard To Believe VOTA 27
2009 I'll Go VOTA
2009 Honestly VOTA

Members[edit]

  • Bryan Olesen - lead vocals, guitar (1997–present)
  • Zach Lardy - bass guitar, keys (2014-present)
  • John Wooten - drums (2010–present)
  • Graham Lyons - guitar (2014–present)

Former members[edit]

Drums
  • Shane Coop (1997-2003)
  • Scott Rutz (2003–2009) - left to pursue an advertising/marketing career
  • Jeff Goff (2009–2010)
Guitar
  • Riley Friesen (2008–2009) - left to start a recording studio in Nebraska
  • Cody Bender (2009–2010) - left to focus on personal life
  • Justin Wantz - guitar, keyboard (2010–2014)
Bass guitar
  • Case Maranville (1997–2010)
  • Stefan Carlson - bass guitar (2010–2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "R&R magazine's May 2, 2009 chart". Weekend 22. May 2, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Vota – Discover music, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Last.fm. February 11, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Farewell from Scott and Riley « Connect with VOTA". Votaband.com. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Looking Back on 2009 « Connect with VOTA". Votaband.com. December 24, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Follow Us On The Love & War Tour". BarlowGirl. February 18, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "VOTA". Votaband.com. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Love Found Me | VOTA". Music.votaband.com. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 

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