Above the Golden State

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Above the Golden State
Origin Portland, Oregon
Genres CCM, Christian rock
Years active 2007–2014
Labels Sparrow Records
Website abovethegoldenstate.com
Members Michael Watson
Tim Aylward
Brook Mosser

Above the Golden State was an American Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon.[1] Their self-titled debut album, Above the Golden State, was released on July 22, 2008[2] through Sparrow Records. The band's first single from the album was "Sound of Your Name",[1] which was included in WOW Hits 2009 as a bonus track. An EP called "The Golden Rule" was released in 2010[needs update], with lead single "I Am Loved". On April 3, 2012, The band released a new EP titled "Word's Don't Act," reflecting the name of its first track. The band then raised money for the independent release, at the same time changing the band's name to Nations. The self-titled album "Nations" was released on August 27, 2013.[3]

Musical style[edit]

Above the Golden State has been described as being Indie-Rock, and Christian, but Above the Golden State is self-described music as "west coast rock, pop ." Lead singer Michael Watson said "we're doing our best not to call it surf rock—basically, it's that with a touch of the rainy northwest." The band has said that they are fans of all musical styles, and have been influenced by Weezer, Five Iron Frenzy and Delirious?, as well as The Beatles and Duke Ellington.[4]


  • Michael Watson - lead vocals, guitar


Studio Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions
2008 Above the Golden State
  • Released: July 22, 2008
  • Label: Sparrow
28 40


  • 2010: The Golden Rule EP
  • 2012: Words Don't Act EP


Year Single Peak Album
2008 "Sound of Your Name" 11 Above the Golden State
2009 "I'll Love You So" 22
2010 "I Am Loved" 29 The Golden Rule


  1. ^ a b "Above the Golden State – Above the Golden State". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Discography – Above the Golden State". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ ""New" band Nations - Jesus Freak Hideout". Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  4. ^ "Above The Golden State Readies Debut Release". BREATHEcast.com. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 

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