About

It’s not just music, lights, or concerts for Canadian band, The Color. With God-given musical talent and the grit for touring, The Color make music to answer the question our Maker puts to us all eventually, “What did you do with what I gave you?” For The Color, consisting of front man Jordan Janzen, guitarist James Shiels, guitarist Larry Abrams and drummer Tyson Unrau, it’s living and breathing songs that speak truth and bring healing into the messy places of the soul.

The band released their debut self-titled album in 2012 after forming around the magnetic voice of lead vocalist, Jordan Janzen. For Jordan, The Color was a resurgence of the dream of full-time music, sparked a second time after taking a step back from a solo career that began in high school and included a successful stint on Canadian Idol in 2008 which brought him just short of the ‘Top 20’.

Jordan

vocals

One of my earliest memories playing music is of my dad and I in our basement. Dad on his baby blue Fender electric and me attempting to play my black Pearl Export kit (which I could barely see over), after I had finally graduated from pots and pans. This was a reoccurring scene in my household and it was this intentional time and space that sparked a love and passion for music that would consume my thoughts, my time and my dreams.

As I grew older I discovered that this passion for music went beyond simply the ability to play songs or sing the right notes. It connected; it had impact. Music stirs the heart in a way that few things do and I have come to realize that, more than any fame or success, it is my desire to use it to speak life into those around me. In the same way that my dad was willing to be intentional with me, I want to be intentional with each song, fan and opportunity.

After the whirlwind subsided, Jordan felt called to step back from music, into full time ministry as a youth pastor, at the Westside Community Church in Morden, MB. As this was happening, he and James Shiels, who had recently started as a summer camp director at Winkler Bible Camp, began connecting with the purpose of accountability and encouraging one another. What resulted was a deeper understanding of who God is and what it looks like to really live a life that is reflective of Him…and a bunch of songs that connected with the daily questions and struggles of that very journey.

In three short years The Color has seen many miles of their home country, playing hundreds of dates, with a desire to spread their music and message of Christ’s hope, from coast to coast.

James

Guitar, Keys and Vocals

My biggest passion in life is making a difference in other people’s lives. I love music’s intrinsic ability to connect with anyone, young or old. Being a part of The Color gives me the opportunity to impact thousands of people.

Since I was little I always loved creating. Taking a mere idea and turning it into something you can see or in this case hear. I remember when my mom would teach me piano, I never wanted to play what was in the book. I just wanted to make something up; play what was in my mind. Pairing my passion for creating with my passion for people is why I’m determined to succeed with The Color and reach as many people as I can for many years to come.

In March of 2015, The Color released their most recent work ‘Eyes Wide Open’, a five song EP that was produced by Rusty Varenkamp (Tenth Avenue North, Sanctus Real, Building 429). These songs reveal a brave new sound and a maturity that is the result of four guys being continually reminded that it is God who provides the hope and strength we need to make it through each day.

It’s their response to His truths; to the question “what did you do with what I gave you”, and its lyrical truths stick in your head and heart long after the music fades.

Larry

Lead Guitar and Vocals

Being a part of music has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. In grade 6, my big brother got an electric guitar, and it didn’t take long before I was playing it more than he did…which is the reason he takes credit for my skills. Unknowingly, this launched me into what seems to be a life of playing and constantly learning.

I have my family to thank for such an enormous amount of support through all the various different aspects of my musical adventures from ‘rap/rock’ and ‘southern gospel’ to what we are now doing with The Color. My passion stems from what I believe is a calling to encourage and empower others through the gifts I’ve been blessed with, and to show joy and love where needed. Music is so incredibly powerful and to me the sound of one crisp resonating guitar chord can speak such strength, and has the ability move in so many ways.

Tyson

Drums

Bio coming soon.