Plus One (band)
|Origin||Tennessee, United States|
|Years active||1999–2004, 2014|
Plus One was an American Christian pop boy band which formed in 1999, disbanded in 2004, and briefly reunited in 2014. The group's line-up consisted of Nate Cole, Gabe Combs, Nathan Walters, Jeremy Mhire, and Jason Perry. They enjoyed their greatest success with the release of their debut album, The Promise (2000) which featured the hits "Written on My Heart" and "God Is in This Place". The group then released their second album Obvious (2002). Jason Perry and Jeremy Mhire left the band in 2002, and the remaining three members signed a deal with Inpop Records. A year later they released their first album as a trio, Exodus (2003). After their Exodus '04 tour, they disbanded in 2004 to pursue other interests. Combs, Walters, and Perry briefly reunited in 2014, releasing a song titled "My All".
Formation and early years: 1999–2000
Plus One began to take shape as early as 1999 and formed by a manager named Mitchell Solarek, when 18-year-old Sacramento, California-boy Nate Cole was joined by 21-year-old Gabe Combs of Pittsburg, California, 22-year-old Nathan Walters of Lakeland, Florida and the 19-year-old Jeremy Mhire, who had been engrossed in vocal studies as a junior on full scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University. Cole and Combs had known each other from mutual music circles while growing up in Northern California and Nathan had initially heard about the new group through an acquaintance of Nate's. The group came to complete fruition with the arrival of Jason Perry, who up to that moment had been focusing on his role as starting fullback and defensive end for his high school football team. The youngest member of the group, The name Plus One refers to the members of the group, plus God. Atlantic Records pursued the formation of a boy band motivated by the success of such secular bands as 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys. Auditions were held, and these five young men, who were all raised in the Assembly of God Church, three of them being pastors' sons, came together and melded as a group, all firmly believing that the Lord had brought them together to be in Christian ministry, to do great things for the Gospel. Plus One got together as a quintet.
The Promise and "Remarkable Success": 2000-2001
Their successful debut album, The Promise, was released in May 2000, and enjoyed great success in the Christian Pop scene. The Promise went gold with more than 500,000 album sales. Grammy Award Winning Producer David Foster was one of the producers on Plus One's albums. They had two No. 1 Christian radio hits, Four of the album's tracks is "Written on My Heart", which was No. 1 on the charts for two months, and "God Is in This Place" followed by "Last Flight Out", "Here in My Heart", and other radio singles are "Run To You" and "Soul Tattoo". They found themselves touring with such Christian Artists as Jaci Velasquez, Rachael Lampa, and Stacie Orrico. In 2000, they appeared in an episode of hit soap opera Days of Our Lives to perform on the show. They performed "Grown-Up Christmas List" with Monica on ABC's Christmas Eve special, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". In addition, Plus One was featured as one of the new artists of 2000 on TNN's annual television special, "Class of 2000." They gave performances at the 2000 Democratic National Convention, and several major league sporting events including games with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and Atlanta Hawks. The band was featured on Teen Magazine Online and performed at Atlanta Fest and the Raggedy Ann Festival in Arcola, IL, as part of their tour schedule. The following year in 2001, they appeared as juvenile kids who form a group while in jail on the TV series Touched by an Angel and they were nominated for a Dove Award as New Artist of the Year. The group recorded a soundtrack called "I Need a Miracle" from the Christian Bible-based film Left Behind: The Movie released in 2000 followed by "With All Your Heart" was also included on the soundtrack of the Warner Brothers film, Pokémon: The Movie 2000. They also appear on Natalie Grant's album Stronger with the song "Whenever You Need Somebody" in 2001. They also covered the American patriotic song "America the Beautiful" and they performed in Luis Palau Festival in 2001.
Obvious and Christmas: 2001-2002
Returning from the Promise tour, Plus One went back into the studio. Helped once again by some of the top producers in the music business, including Peter Zizzo, Peter Kipley, and Matthew Gerrard, the group recorded songs for a new album, this time including some of their own material, tracks like "Use Me", a ballad called "You", "Under the Influence", "Kick Me", and "Going Crazy". A strong beat and guitar riffs defined these new tracks, distinguishing them from the lighter sound of the group's first recording. Obvious was released in February 2002, and sold twice as many copies in its first week of release as Promise had. It hit the number-one spot on the Christian charts immediately. Three of the album's tracks, "Camouflage," became hit single occupying spots on the top-ten Christian radio charts simultaneously followed by "I Don't Care" and "Let Me Be The One". In the fall of 2002 in their Obvious Tour, Plus One released Christmas a collection of Christmas music in time for the holiday season. In addition their own renditions of "Silent Night," "O Little Town of Bethlehem,"What Child Is This?, "O Holy Night", "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and other Christmas standards, the album included some original compositions as well, including the opening track, "This Is Christmas," and "I Won't Forget This Christmas" and a merry and charming song titled "Our Christmas Prayer" and "A Prayer For Every Year" which was released in WOW Christmas: Red in 2002.
Departure of Perry and Mhire, and Exodus: 2002-2003
In 2002, after completing touring for their Obvious tour, two members of Plus One were called to other ministries and obligations, Jason Perry left the group in 2002 followed by Jeremy Mhire leaving the remaining three members to carry on Plus One's music ministry. In 2003, the band was dropped from their label. Seeking to revamp their image, they signed a deal with Inpop Records and released their third album, the first time releasing an album without their two former members. Exodus. As a result, the band became a trio. Co-produced by former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler and keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein, Exodus marked a departure from the boy band image, leaving the all-out "pop" style for a more mature sound featuring keyboards, guitars and the band performing their own materials. Peter Furler said that "it's some of the best music I've ever been part of" and that he can feel justifiably proud of turning out this album. "Be Love" is the hit single on this album, and was followed by "Circle." The album contains all original songs, with the exception of a rendition of the Tim Hughes hit "Here I Am to Worship".
Break-up and Hiatus: 2004-2016
In 2004, after completing the Exodus 04 tour, Plus One quietly parted ways with Inpop and with each other. On September 23, 2004, Nate Cole announced that Plus One would most likely be breaking up. Nate Cole and Gabe Combs went on to form Indie rock band Castledoor with their wives Liska Cole and Coury Combs and released 5 EP's and one album. In 2008, Nathan Walters went on to pursue a solo career, releasing one album called Escape in Nashville, TN. After Castledoor, Nate Cole and his wife Liska Cole started a duo band called Doom and Gloom and released home recordings. In 2011 Gabe Combs and Nathan Walters started a music production called Multitone Musik to merge their production and songwriting skills. In December 2016, Nate Cole released his first solo album Bad Beat.
On April 14, 2014, Plus One announced that they had reunited with three original members: Nathan Walters, Gabe Combs, and Jason Perry, who previously had quit the group in 2002. They also announced the release of their latest single, "My All", available on their official website and their Facebook page.
- Nate Cole (1999–2004) - vocals
- Jason Perry (1999–2002, 2014) - vocals
- Nathan Walters (1999–2004, 2014) - vocals, keyboards
- Jeremy Mhire (1999–2002) - vocals
- Gabe Combs (1999–2004, 2014) - vocals, guitars
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.|
|Left Behind: The Movie Soundtrack||
|Pokémon: The Movie 2000||
|WOW Hits 2001||
|Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 4||
|WOW Hits 2002||
|WOW Christmas: Red||
|WOW Hits 2003||
|WOW Worship: Red||
|2000||"Written on My Heart"||1|
|"God Is in This Place"||1|
|"Last Flight Out"|
|2001||"Here in My Heart"|
|"Run To You"|
|"I Don't Care"|
|"Let Me Be The One"|
|2014||"My All"||non-album single|
As a featured artist
|2001||"Whenever You Need Somebody"
(Natalie Grant featuring Plus One)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.|
|2001||Touched by an Angel Season 7 episode 20 "Band of Angels"|
|Plus One: The Home Video||
|Plus One: Making of the Album||
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