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Thorns Deep finalists in ‘praise battle’ finals

Thorns Deep, an Albany-based alternative Christian rock band, will compete in Friday’s “Battle of Praise” competition at First Baptist Church of Blairsville.

Thorns Deep, an Albany-based alternative Christian rock band, will compete in Friday’s “Battle of Praise” competition at First Baptist Church of Blairsville.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. — Local alternative Christian music fans are already aware of the pool of talent in the Albany-based band Thorns Deep. A much wider audience may soon join them.

Thorns Deep was one of 10 finalists selected to compete in Friday’s “Battle of Praise” competition at First Baptist Church of Blairsville. More than 40 bands from across the South submitted MP3s of original music in hopes of earning one of the 10 spots.

“It’s a blessing for us to be a part (of the competition), but that’s not why we’re so excited,” Thorns Deep lead vocalist Codey Brown said Monday after finding out the band had reached the competition finals. “The main thing for us is to reach more people as we glorify God. There aren’t many opportunities around here for us to share our music, so we’re looking forward to reaching more people for God.”

The winner of the competition will be awarded recording time at Doppler Studios in Atlanta and will have an opportunity to perform as an opening act for larger Christian rock bands during the 2013 Joyful Listening Fall Concert Series.

Friday’s competition is hosted by Atlanta Christian radio station FISH 104 and Joyful Listening, which regularly hosts contemporary Christian concerts.

Thorns Deep — Brown, lead guitarist Jacob Teter, guitarist Matthew Christmas, drummer Jason Langley and bassist Davis Wynn — have seen two of their original songs (“Phoenix” and “Back to Life”) crack the Top 5 on Tifton Christian station HOOK FM.