Bayless Band is shown above. From left are Dan Rivers (bass), Tate Moore (drums), Vanessa Bayless (lead vocals), Jared Bayless (vocals and guitar) and Rod Nance (keyboard).
A Derby-based band, Bayless Band, will perform on Friday, July 27, with two nationally known groups – Disciple and Sent by Ravens.
Along with Bayless Band, another Wichita area band, Red Eye Rising, will perform on the same night.
The night of Christian rock begins at 6:30 p.m. at Ground Zero, 1600 W. 40th Street North in Wichita. Tickets can be purchased from members of Bayless Band or at www.stubwire.com/t/9z9res2c. They are cheaper if purchased in advance.
Bayless Band is led by Derby residents Jared and Vanessa Bayless. Jared, the music minister at First Christian Church in Derby, formed the band in late 2009.
Jared had been involved with a band when he lived in Nebraska, but had to reform when the couple moved to Derby for his job. Vanessa, a registered nurse by trade, has long had an interest in music, too, and Bayless Band took off.
Area residents Tate Moore (drums), Rod Nance (keyboard) and Dan Rivers (bass) round out the group. Both of the Baylesses share lead vocals and Jared plays guitar for the group.
For Jared and Vanessa, the group has been a ministry which they utilize to reach those in attendance. Many of those people have been the inspiration for the songs written by the group.
“We write our music by people’s stories,” Vanessa said. “We want our music to be about our audience, not the audience (hearing) about us.”
Glance at the titles of many of their songs and a dark theme tends to emerge. Jared said the group works to tackle tough issues and show those listening there is a way out of those lifestyles.
In fact, one fan once told them many songs tend to make those listening think there is little hope.
“All you guys sing about is how perfect your lives are,” the fan said.
“Which is not true,” Vanessa said.
The group has met and spent time working with fans in the past, making some long-lasting relationships. The Baylesses believe the personal experience is important.
“You see the fruits of their labor by how they follow up,” Jared said. “We try to share our heart as much as we can.”
Bayless Band has played regional events in the past few years, leaving its members who all have jobs elsewhere using a lot of their personal vacation days for band performances. But, Vanessa said, there is a good side to that.
“I get the best of both worlds,” she said.
Jared said he believes his work with the band helps him with his job. He said he has worked not to cross a line in which he might be perceived as promoting the band through his job.
“It’s fun for people to say, ‘I did not know you were in a band,’” he said.
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