Christian band comprised of siblings

For the Gienger siblings, playing in their Christian band is about more than just music or even worship.

"It's about igniting lasting God experiences," says Lachelle Gienger, 19.

Gienger along with friends and her three siblings, including her older brother Kylon, sister Chelann, 15, and brother Sky, 13, formed a band called Flashpoint, in order to spread a message of God's love, and played together until January 2011.

Flashpoint had been together for almost six years.

"We saw we (wanted) to take things more seriously," Gienger said. "We wanted to find a name that would stand out more and be unique."

So they named their band Avory.

Kylon Gienger then decided to join the military, leaving the band with three members. Throughout the years others have dropped out as well, moving to college or going to work.

"I still felt like I was supposed to do music," Gienger said. "I asked if we could record an album together before breaking up (the band)."

The newly named band agreed, producing a 10-song album this past November.

Since then Gienger pulled in her two younger siblings to play together.

For the past six months, the three siblings have being playing and leading worship services together.

The Yakima family regularly attends Changing Pointe Church located in Yakima where the three lead the main worship services and its youth group.

Over the years the 19-year-old has joined other groups across the country and in South America to perform her music. And likely, she and her siblings will continue to do so.

"There is nothing more beautiful than the sweet and intense presence of God," she added.

Gienger has been involved with music from a young age. She's undergone several music projects, and thus far all members of Avory have decided to go on different paths. Under a previous name the band was also signed by a local record company.

"Things just didn't work out in that relationship," she added.

But it's about more than becoming famous for Gienger.

"We the band don't care to become big, or to become the next popular Christian artist," she said.

Concerts are supposed to be fun and entertaining, but Gienger says Avory tries for more than that.

"We want our concerts (to be) where people can have fun, be entertained, but also to have a lasting experience with God."

Avory is scheduled to play its next concert tonight (Friday) at Neighborhood Church in Sunnyside. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and the church is located at 385 E. Allen Rd.

Kylon Gienger will make a guest appearance before heading off to boot camp.

"Our Friday concert is special because it's our last gig before our brother is gone," she added. "He'll be out of the scene for a while."

The Jan. 13 concert will also feature a few other local bands, and will serve as a fundraiser for Outcry, another local Christian band.

"They want to raise money to record a new album," she added.

Admission to the concert is by donations.


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