With N*SYNC and the Backstreet Boys recently reuniting (be it for full-length albums or surprise award show appearances), it was only a matter of time before Christian music’s answer to the boy band crazy of the late ’90s and early ’00s was resurrected. Yesterday, the 2014 iteration of pop sensation Plus One was officially announced. The band lit up the Internet announcing their return with a YouTube video and a new single titled “My All.”
The video and the sole press photo that’s surfaced reveals three of the five former members–Jason Perry, Nathan Walters and Gabe Combs. (The original 2000 line-up also featured Nate Cole and Jeremy Mhire.) Fans who like their Facebook page or sign up for their newsletter will receive an instant download of “My All,” which maintains the smooth harmonized pop the band was known for in its hey day.
It’s been more than a decade since the award-winning quintet took the Christian music world by storm. The band’s landmark debut, The Promise (Atlantic), was awarded Gold status and produced one radio hit after another, including the leading smash single “Written On My Heart.” The band earned a Dove Award for “New Artist of the Year,” opened for mainstream pop acts, graced the pages of Tiger Beat and even made cameos on “Days of Our Lives” and “Touched By An Angel.” Two more records followed–Obvious and an acclaimed Christmas offering–before Perry and then Mhire both departed. In 2003, the remaining three–Cole, Walters and Combs–released Exodus (Inpop), an indie rock record that proved a new and unsuccessful direction for the band, before officially calling it quits the following year.
The past 10 years have found all five original members getting married and starting families, with the exception of Perry. Cole and Combs moved to their native California and formed indie band Castledoor with their respective wives. The band received some early buzz but only released an EP that coincidentally you can still listen to on Spotify. For now, it appears Cole still dabbles in music alongside his wife in a band called Doom and Gloom and remains in California. Meanwhile, Combs moved back to Nashville and formed a production company with Walters, who over the last 10 years released a solo effort and wrote and produced songs for other artists, including Hawk Nelson and Rachael Lampa. Mhire is a CrossFit trainer in Springfield, Mo., where he lives with his wife of nine years and two young kids. Meanwhile, Perry is the only member whose past decade remains illusive. He moved to New York for awhile to pursue a solo career and go back to school, but past that, not much is known about his whereabouts since Plus One.
On the heels of the news that Stacie Orrico is returning to the studio, Plus One’s comeback is sure to delight and surprise the now 20-somethings who loved the band during their whirlwind career.
From the contact info listed on the band’s email list, it appears they are managed by Fast Company Management, the same firm that oversees the careers of Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline and 7eventh Time Down, among others. No word yet on when a full-length album will be released, but it appears for the time being, the trio is unsigned.
*Information on Plus One members’ current whereabouts were compiled from http://thats-normal.com/2013/02/plus-one-christian-boy-band-where-they-now/.