Dustin Kensrue

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Dustin Kensrue
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Dustin Kensrue performing at a Fopp instore signing in Southampton, UK
Background information
Also known as Ursus Veritas
Born (1980-11-18) November 18, 1980 (age 35)
Origin Orange County, California
Genres Post-hardcore, experimental rock, folk, CCM
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, harmonica, vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels Vagrant, BEC
Website www.dustinkensrue.com

Dustin Michael Kensrue (pronounced KENZ-roo) (born November 18, 1980) is a vocalist, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist in the Orange County, California post-hardcore/experimental rock quartet Thrice, as well as a solo artist.

He has a tattoo of Proverbs 9:10a ("The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom") written in Hebrew on his left forearm. [1] Many of his lyrics are also drawn from the Bible, such as the pre-chorus in Vheissu's song, "For Miles" ("There is no greater love, than that one shed his blood for his friends"). Similar lyrics are spread throughout Kensrue's music, both in Thrice and in his solo works.[2]

Dustin designed the album artwork for all parts of The Alchemy Index - Thrice's fifth studio recording.

Dustin also added vocals in the song "The Contender" on the album "Pierce the Empire With a Sound" by experimental act The Out Circuit.

Dustin has been working on a new project called The Modern Post and released the Grace Alone EP in 2012

Solo project[edit]

Ursus Veritas was the former alias for Dustin Kensrue's solo side project. The name was a play on words from Latin: ursus meaning bear, and veritas meaning truth, combining to mean "(to) bear truth". Kensrue has always expressed an interest in discovering truth, and has also said he likes bears, which lead to the play on words. However, at some point he decided to drop the name in favor of simplicity since "people have enough trouble just pronouncing [his] last name to begin with."

On January 23, 2007, Kensrue released a solo album titled Please Come Home on Equal Vision Records. He wrapped up the recording and mixing of the album at the home of fellow Thrice member Teppei Teranishi. The album opened at 142 on the Billboard 200 with 5,800 copies sold the first week.[3] He supported the album with a solo tour including stops on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Fuse Network. Please Come Home met with mostly favorable reviews from critics, who have compared Kensrue's versatility in his vocals to singer/songwriter Ryan Adams and Johnny Cash.[citation needed]

Dustin Kensrue intends to donate 5% of the proceeds from Please Come Home to a non-profit organization called To Write Love on Her Arms. In the press release, Kensrue explained the choice:

"To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with clinical depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. To Write Love on Her Arms began in March 2006 as a written story and an attempt to raise money for one girl's treatment. T-shirts were printed and a MySpace page was created to serve as home base for the story. Excitement spread quickly throughout MySpace and the independent music community. For 2007, TWLOHA is aiming to raise $100k for treatment and recovery. This comes in addition to online counseling and continued efforts to creatively present hope and raise awareness.

TWLOHA is a fitting choice for Please Come Home. The album lyrically exudes redemption, personal worth, love, acceptance, and hope. “I try to be an artist who aspires to find hope even in dark places: If I’m down, I don’t want to bring people down to that place with me. I’m looking for a way out," says Kensrue.[citation needed]

On October 14, 2008, Dustin said this on the official Thrice website - "I just finished my Christmas record. I haven’t really mentioned it because (a). I’ve been spending all my time working on it, and (b). I wasn’t totally sure I would finish it in time to come out this year. But, last night I finished it up and Teppei is finishing the mixes tonight. It’s going to be an online release only and will hopefully be out in mid-November sometime. The title is “This Good Night Is Still Everywhere” and it contains 8 covers and 2 Christmas originals. I love Christmas music so it was a lot of fun to do this and I’m glad I get to share it with you guys."[citation needed]

In July 2014, Kensrue announced that he was working on a follow-up to This Good Night with a five-track Christmas EP including a re-working of "This Is War".[citation needed]


Personal life[edit]

His younger brother, Chase Kensrue, played guitar and piano for the band Eye Alaska.[citation needed]

In 2012, Mars Hill Church announced that Kensrue would become the worship leader for the campus located in Bellevue, Washington[6] where he currently lives with his wife and three daughters.[citation needed] Kensrue resigned this position in 2014 amid controversy surrounding pastor Mark Driscoll.[7]


  1. ^ "Confessions of an Idol Worshipper". Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Thrice: The Orange County hard rockers exploring The Alchemy Index - Thrice". Crossrhythms.co.uk. June 17, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Harris, Chris (January 31, 2007). "Pretty Ricky Keep The Shins From #1 - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News". Mtv.com. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Tate, Justin. "Dustin Kensrue Christmas Release" AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved on October 15, 2008.
  5. ^ Cassie Whitt (August 15, 2013). "Song Premiere: Dustin Kensrue, "It's Not Enough" - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ The Kensrues Are Moving To Bellevue, Mars Hill Church, June 21, 2012, retrieved January 25, 2013 
  7. ^ Lodge, Carey (September 5, 2014). "Seismic shift in Mars Hill leadership as three more pastors step down". Christian Today. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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