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Gungor performing live in August 2015
Gungor performing live in August 2015
Background information
Years active2006–present
LabelsBrash, CD Listening Bar/Hither & Yon

Gungor was a musical collective formed by husband and wife duo Michael Gungor and Lisa Gungor. The group's music has been compared to the music of Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and Arcade Fire.[1]

The band has released seven studio albums,[2] the last one appearing in March 2019. These albums explored a broad musical soundscape and charted the couple's changing beliefs from traditional Christianity through a more panentheistic worldview, other religions, and apophatic theology.[3][4][5] In early 2018, they announced a shift in direction that would see Gungor return to the progressive spiritual space, while the less mainstream material will move to "other projects" including Michael and Lisa’s solo projects.[6]


Michael Gungor grew up in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He is the son of pastor and author Ed Gungor. He began writing and playing music at a young age and went on to study jazz guitar at both Western Michigan University and the University of North Texas while also touring and working as a multi-instrumentalist musician.

Lisa Gungor grew up in Deming, New Mexico.[7] She came from a "sports-crazed" family and didn't fully commit to her musical abilities until her senior year in high school.[7]

Michael and Lisa met at Oral Roberts University during their first year.

Michael renamed the group from The Michael Gungor Band to simply Gungor in 2010.[citation needed] The first album release under the new name was Beautiful Things in 2010 that features a short gospel-blues jam featuring Israel Houghton titled "Heaven". In 2011, the album and its title track, "Beautiful Things", were nominated for the Grammy categories Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song, respectively.

In 2011, Gungor released Ghosts Upon the Earth. Gungor followed up with a live album, A Creation Liturgy in 2012. The band's third studio album, I Am Mountain, was released on September 24, 2013.[8] On October 24, 2013, the band began its 60-city headline tour across the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.[9][10]

Though Gungor's music is filled with Christian themes, the collective has attempted to distance itself from being labeled simply a "Christian" band due to the problematic way the term is often used.[11][12] Michael refers to Gungor as a collective because at any given time the group is composed of 3-10 members. He and his wife believe that their music transcends one genre.[13][14] Gungor write songs that are a mix of indie rock, post rock, progressive rock, soft rock and more. If asked, Michael describes his song style as "alternative, folk, textured and experimental."[15] They performed at SXSW 2014.[13][16]

In 2015, Gungor embarked on their most ambitious creative project thus far: One Wild Life. The band released three full-length albums—Soul, Spirit and Body—in a span of 12 months. One Wild Life: Soul kicked off the trilogy on August 7, 2015. While each record carries a distinct vibe, the album series presents a body of work that celebrates the adventure and challenges faced by Michael and Lisa Gungor since the release of their previous album "I Am Mountain".[17] One Wild Life: Soul charted on multiple Billboard charts the first week of release, including Billboard 200.[18][19][20][21][22] On One Wild Life: Soul, Michael and Lisa wrote a song dedicated to Lucie,[23] their second daughter, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome.[24]

On April 26, 2018, Gungor announced on the band's official Facebook page that they were going to address the "multiple personality thing going on within its musical stylings" by bringing Gungor back to its roots in "the progressive spiritual space, and finding different homes for some of the other music that we’ve tried unsuccessfully to fundamentally change the Gungor brand with". This was accompanied by the removal of I Am Mountain and One Wild Life series from online stores and streaming services, the latter being replaced by a 90-minute "director's cut" of the three albums. Michael and Lisa also announced an upcoming solo album each in the post.[6]

On February 1, 2019, the band announced that their upcoming "End of the World" Tour would be "Gungor's farewell tour". While Michael and Lisa would continue to make music, future projects would no longer be recorded under the Gungor band name.[25][26]

On March 1, 2019, the band released Archives, an album intended to wind down the project. Archives is composed of previously unreleased material as well as re-released material.[27]


Title Album details Peak chart positions
Beautiful Things
  • Released: February 16, 2010
  • Label: Brash Music
Ghosts Upon the Earth
  • Released: September 20, 2011
  • Label: Brash Music
A Creation Liturgy (Live)
  • Released: October 9, 2012
  • Label: Brash Music
I Am Mountain
  • Released: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Hither & Yon Records
One Wild Life: Soul
  • Released: August 7, 2015
  • Label: Hither & Yon Records
One Wild Life: Spirit
  • Released: March 25, 2016[29]
  • Label: Hither & Yon Records
One Wild Life: Body
  • Released: September 30, 2016
  • Released: March 1, 2019[30]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  • Independent Music Awards 2013: A Creation Liturgy (Live) - Best Live Performance Album[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Song debut: Gungor's 'I Am Mountain'". Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Long Way Off lyrics". Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Michael Gungor [@michaelgungor] (September 25, 2013). "Apophatic mystic...has come to terms with and actually deeply experiences and appreciates Mystery" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Michael Gungor [@michaelgungor] (December 14, 2017). "How's this: Apophatic mystic Hindu pantheist Christian Buddhist skeptic with a penchant for nihilistic progressive existentialism" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ a b "Gungor - Publications". Facebook. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Lisa Gungor's Biography – Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and pictures at". Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Irvine, Nate (August 22, 2013). "Gungor's Long Awaited New Release: I Am Mountain | Connect. Experience. Grow.Metro Youth Network". Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  9. ^ Mansfield, Brian (August 16, 2013). "Song debut: Gungor's 'I Am Mountain'". USA Today. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Song Premiere: Gungor, "Wayward & Torn"". American Songwriter. August 26, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  11. ^ "Gungor". Gungor. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  12. ^ "Gungor Talks With FaithVillage - FaithVillage | MOVE YOUR FAITH HERE". FaithVillage. May 14, 2012. Archived from the original on October 8, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  13. ^ a b Puga, Kristina. "Grammy-nominated Gungor, label-less in music and life". Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  14. ^ "Music: Gungor". October 22, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "Alt-Folk Collective Gungor Launches 60+ City Headlining Tour Oct. 24 at The Madison Theater". Cincy Groove. October 9, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  16. ^ "SXSW 2014". SXSW LLC. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  17. ^ One Wild Life Soul, retrieved August 26, 2015
  18. ^ "Gungor - Chart history - Billboard". Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  19. ^ "Gungor - Chart history - Billboard". Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  20. ^ "Gungor - Chart history - Billboard". Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  21. ^ "Gungor - Chart history - Billboard". Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  22. ^ "Gungor - Chart history - Billboard". Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  23. ^ Light - Gungor [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]. YouTube. July 14, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  24. ^ "Gungor Music Blog". Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  25. ^ Gungor, Michael. "The End". Gungor. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  26. ^ "Gungor Is Ending: 'It's Time For Something New'". RELEVANT Magazine. February 1, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  27. ^ "Gungor on Instagram: "NEW ALBUM out now! With this being the close of our journey as "Gungor," we decided to clean out the hard drives and release a bunch of…"". Instagram. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  28. ^ "Gungor - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  29. ^ "One Wild Life: Spirit by Gungor". iTunes. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  30. ^ Archives by Gungor, retrieved March 6, 2019
  31. ^ "12th Annual Independent Music Awards Winners Announced!" Independent Music Awards, June 11, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013.

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