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Aaron ♦ Jeoffrey
|Past members||Jeoffrey Benward|
Aaron Jeoffrey (also Aaron & Jeoffrey; usually stylized as Aaron♦Jeoffrey) was a contemporary Christian music duo, made up of father, Jeoffrey Benward, and his son, Aaron, who recorded pop style songs during the 1990s. They had four studio albums and one compilation album.
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Jeoffrey Benward was already involved in Christian music since the 1970s. In the early 1990s, Jeoffrey asked his teenaged son what he wanted to do for a living, and Aaron replied that he wanted to follow his father's path in music.
The father and son decided to begin recording together, and, though several labels had problems with the unusual pairing, Starsong picked them up. They went into the studio and started working on their eponymous debut album, which was released in 1995. The album, which featured guest vocals by dc Talk, produced several singles, including the CCM hit "I Go to the Rock", and "He Is", which lyrically traces the metaphorical names for Christ through all 66 books of the Bible.
The debut album was followed by After the Rain in 1996 and Climb in 1997.
During their career, Aaron Jeoffrey had fourteen Top 5 radio singles, nine of which made it to No. 1. Their albums have sold more than 100,000 copies. They were twice nominated for a GMA Dove Award in the "Song of the Year" category for their classic, "He Is."
Aaron stated that "One goal is to show a positive parent/child relationship, and hopefully be a role model for fathers and their sons or parents and their children. We have taken to heart the last prophetic word of the Old Testament where it says in Malachi 4:6 that 'The fathers' hearts would be turned to their children and the children's hearts to their fathers, lest I smite them with a curse.' Every social problem that we face today can be traced back to a dysfunctional family life. We [want to address] these problems not only through our songs but by simply being who we are."
|Record label||Record producer|
|1994||Aaron♦Jeoffrey||29||Star Song||Jeff Silvey, Billy Simon, Brian Tankersley|
|1996||After the Rain||14||Brian Tankersley|
|1997||The Climb||28||Star Song/Chordant||Mark Hammond, Paul Mills|
|1999||Timeless . . . For Every Generation||—||Ministry Music||Jeoffrey Benward|
2006: Very Best of Aaron Jeoffrey (EMI)
- 1995: "One Million Reasons"
- 1995: "I Go To the Rock"
- 1995: "Heavy on My Heart"
- 1995: "He Is"
- 1995: "Promise Me"
- 1996: "We All Need"
- 1996: "Wait For the Promise"
- 1997: "After the Rain"
- 1997: "Beyond"
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- Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of contemporary Christian music. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 19. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.