I Am They

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I Am They
OriginCarson City, Nevada
Years active2011 (2011)–present
  • Matthew Hein
  • Jon McConnell
  • Abbie Parker
  • Justin Shinn
  • Nicole Hickman
Past members
  • Stephanie Kulla
  • Bobby Stiehler
  • Raul Aguilar Jr.
  • Adam Palmer
  • Sara Palmer

I Am They is an American contemporary Christian music band from Carson City, Nevada, formed in 2011. The band consists of five members and are signed to Essential Records. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2015.


I Am They, a Christian band from Carson City, Nevada[1][2] was initially formed as a worship ministry called "Solomon's Porch" for what was intended to be a single night worship gathering on October 31, 2008, hosted at Calvary Chapel Carson City. After a positive reception from the local church community, the band continued holding bi-monthly worship gatherings.

After receiving an offer from local Christian concert promoters, Ian Bullis and Jonathan Velasquez,[citation needed] to open for CCM artist Matthew West in January 2009, the band began to write original material and formally changed their name to I Am They in order to differentiate it from the bi-monthly worship ministry they hosted.[citation needed]

The band signed to Provident Label Group in the summer of 2013 and went into the studio in January 2014 to record their self-titled debut at Yackland Studios in Nashville, TN with Producer Jonathan Smith and Executive Producer Jason Ingram. Their debut album released on January 27, 2015.[3]

In winter and spring of 2015, the band was a part of the national touring "Rock & Worship Roadshow" alongside MercyMe, Crowder, and Group 1 Crew, followed by a tour with Matt Maher on the spring leg of the Saints & Sinners tour.[4]

In August 2015, I Am They received a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year.[5]

In March 2016, Abbie Parker replaced Stephanie Kulla as the lead female vocalist for the band. On the same day, the band released a new single “Make A Way” featuring Abbie Parker.[6] I Am They released the 4-song worship EP The Resting Place - EP in June 2016.

In April 2017, a new vocalist, Houston resident Jon McConnell, was introduced with the release of the band's new song, Crown Him.[7]

In early 2019, a new 'beater of the drums' and percussionist, Nicole Hickman, joined the group, allowing Sara Palmer to focus on planning and promotion full-time. Nicole had spent a number of years touring with Holly Starr.


Current members[2]

  • Jon McConnell – vocals, guitar, keys
  • Matthew Hein – vocals, guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin
  • Abbie Parker – vocals, harmonium, keys
  • Justin Shinn – keys, organ, concert drum, banjo, mandolin, bass
  • Nicole Hickman – drums, percussion

Former members

  • Stephanie Kulla – vocals
  • Bobby Stiehler – bass, percussion
  • Raul Aguilar Jr. – bass
  • Adam Palmer – vocals, guitar, Nashville high-strung guitar, banjo, dobro, concert drum
  • Sara Palmer – drums, percussion



List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions

C & G
I Am They 10
Trial & Triumph
  • Released: March 2, 2018[10]
  • Label: Essential Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
23 15


List of singles and peak chart positions
Single Year Peak chart positions

Christ Air.

US Christ Digital
"From The Day" 2014 26 25 40 I Am They
"We Are Yours" 2015 38
"Make A Way" 2016 43
"Crown Him" 2017 43 Trial & Triumph
"My Feet Are on the Rock" 2018 23 16
"Scars" 4 2 5


  1. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout. "I Am They". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (April 15, 2016). "I Am They: New lineup for the country rock worshippers from Nevada". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Mike Sion (January 21, 2015). "Big year ahead for Christian folk-pop sextet I Am They". Reno Gazette-Journal.
  4. ^ "THE 7th Annual Rock & Worship Roadshow, presented by Compassion International, announces official tour dates". PRWeb. November 19, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "The 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards' Nominees Announced Today In Nashville". August 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Hallels (March 25, 2016). "I Am They Welcomes Abbie Parker & Releases New Single "Make a Way"".
  7. ^ "I AM THEY - Crown Him". April 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "I Am They - Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  9. ^ "I Am They – I Am They". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "I Am They – Trial & Triumph". ITunes. ITunes. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "I Am They - Christian Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "I Am They - Christian Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "I Am They - Christian Digital Songs Sales". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.

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