Austins Bridge

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Austins Bridge
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Genres Christian country
Years active 2007–2013
Labels Daywind Records
Members Justin Rivers
Jason Baird
Toby Hitchcock
Past members Mike Kofahl

Austins Bridge is an American Christian country band originally formed in Austin, Texas. The band consists of Justin Rivers and Jason Baird.

Band history[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

Their second studio album, Times Like These, was released in May 2010 and was produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.[4] The album received rave reviews and was nominated for a Grammy in 2011.

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.

In April 2013, Justin Rivers competed in the blind auditions for a spot on NBC's The Voice: season four, and was selected to be a member of the team mentored by country singer Blake Shelton.


Awards and nominations[edit]

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.

Year Association Nominated work Category Result
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


  1. ^ New album to release on May 4th on
  2. ^ Come Together official website Archived February 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Artist community records "Come Together Now" for Haiti Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. at HM, Doug Van Pelt
  4. ^ Austins Bridge Bio at

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