This year is shaping up to be a busy one for the band as they have decided to go back to full-time music ministry. This is coming after a two year stint of part-time touring while the band focused on college and other local ministries. The members have worked as youth pastors, worship leaders, small group leaders, etc. during this time. With the decision to go back to full-time touring, they are not forgetting about local outreach. Corey Brooks Ministries is undertaking a youth outreach in Southern West Virginia called The Awakening, slated to begin in February 2013. The Awakening is an initiative to awaken a generation to the truth of Christ through outreach, small groups, and youth conferences that bring denominations together.
With the decision to tour full-time, the band is sad to announce that long time drummer, Daniel Pennington, will no longer be touring with CBB. Pennington has decided to step down and focus primarily on his local ministry and outreach. “He will be missed, but we are excited to see what God does through his ministry,” said Corey Brooks.
The band is excited to announce their new face on the drums, Zane England. England is a 20 year old pastor’s son who has been playing drums since he was 15. He is also Corey’s cousin. Corey said, “I am excited about bringing on my cousin into our ministry. While looking for a drummer, I never thought to look within my own family. I had forgotten that Zane even played. Then, one night while hanging out with him, I felt like God was showing me that he was our drummer. We quickly began talks and he soon after accepted the position.” TK King (guitarist) and Alec Tincher (pianist) have enjoyed meeting him and look forward to working together. King said, “It's hard to come across someone who not only has talent, but also seeks to serve The Lord. We are so blessed to have Zane on board, and I am excited to see what the future holds.” Tincher added, “He's a great guy, he has his heart set to work for The Lord, and I definitely look forward to working with him.” Zane is also a talented Christian rapper and the band is looking forward to incorporating this talent into their progressively Contemporary sound.
England states, “I got close in my walk with God when I really started to notice that everything the world had to offer was nothing compared to what God had to offer. When I found that God had much greater things in store for me, I really wanted to let other people know he had the same salvation for them.” It turns out that he will now have this opportunity to share this salvation through music with CBB. “I can’t wait to see what great things God has in store for us and I’m excited to meet the band's fans on tour,” states England.
Please keep the band and ministry in your prayers. If you would like booking info or to donate to this band's important ministry, please contact Lisa at 304.222.0017.