Root Road's Christian pop sound blends melodic vocal harmonies, with familiar elements found in both past and present popular music to create a unique and uplifting sound.
The band’s self produced sophomore EP entitled “I Am Here” is reminiscent of an earlier era, with familiar influences from popular artists of the 70’s. In keeping with their upbeat music, the group chose to write optimistic songs that provide a refreshing alternative to popular music that is normally birthed out of negative feelings, broken relationships, and selfish behavior. In direct contrast with this trend, Root Road’s heartwarming, God-inspired lyrics convey a positive outlook on life with songs about unfailing love, hope, peace and answers to life’s many problems.
All brothers, the members of Root Road were born into an interracial family; thus their multicultural look. The band believes their global look has allowed their music to transcend racial lines. In a world of different cultural interpretations, the band feels the need to share their music with anyone who will listen, as opposed to conforming to one ethnic group or another.
Family has and continues to be a strong influence on their lives and songwriting. Originally from Lorain, Ohio, the brothers grew up in a musically oriented Christian home where singing, songwriting and performing were all seen as an expression of love and worship to God. The youngest three of seven siblings, each member of Root Road makes their own unique contribution to song development creating a fusion of rock, pop and soul in their music and style.
John, the oldest of the three, plays rhythm guitar, shares lead vocals and introduces modern rock influences to the mix. Anthony supports the group with backup vocals and catchy keyboard, piano, and organ. Nathanael, the youngest, plays harmonica and tambourine and injects everything from a retro soul to a playful pop. He also shares the lead vocals with John.
The brother’s musical journey as a group began early in the 2000’s when under the management of their father, a former professional entertainer; they formed a band called G3 BAND. Their band initially performed at local festivals, schools, and regional events including performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland as a finalist in the Northeastern Ohio Christian Talent Competition.
After each of the band members completed college they decided to take a step in faith, and relocate to Nashville, Tennessee under the new band name, Root Road. This move would allow the band to transition into a full-time ministry which would broaden their audience and reach out to more than those in their hometown.
The name Root Road is derived from a couple of elements. Literally, it was the street that all of them grew up on, but to the band it has become more than just familiar stomping grounds. To them Root Road symbolizes the spiritual quest to find connection, security and life.