What's the story behind "Singles Group"?
This might be showing our age, but we spent much of our youth in record shops and the record sections of department stores. If you couldn't afford to buy an album, you could always buy 45 rpm singles. Finding your favorite song with a picture sleeve was a special treat.
Most artists put lesser songs on the flip sides, but others, like the Beatles and CCR, had multiple double-sided hits. In fact, the Beatles had so many great songs that many of their singles didn't even appear on albums until later compilations.
With that in mind, in 2014, ApologetiX became a singles group, releasing two or three songs every two or three weeks. Remembering our childhood preferences, we made sure each release had its own special digital picture sleeve and that all songs on it were hits!
We made those singles available to our fans as downloads for a donation of any size. As this band has become increasingly dependent on fan support in recent years, it seemed a great way to get more music out there and also to give something back to our fans.
Many fans still prefer CDs, though, so we've grouped the first six singles (13 songs in all) together on Singles Group. We plan to release additional collections as new downloads add up. At the time of this CD's release, we're already more than halfway to completing a second collection.
Making all this music has been quite a collaborative effort, with current band members, alumni, friends, and family participating. As we've seen and you'll hear, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1).