The band's inspirational message and anthemic music has hit a chord with music fans, and STRIVE's audience continues to grow. Recently, the band has been voted one of the favorites in several music categories on OurStage.com, as well as a favorite at MyCCM.com, and they've had songs licensed for shows on MTV, E! and others. As the band's buzz grows, so does the interest within the media and music industry. Billboard, The New York Times, PASTE magazine and numerous others have all expressed interest in the rising band. Both MSN and AOL have responded to STRIVE's growing fan base by featuring the band on its sites and hosting online listening parties for FIRE during the week of its release. Yahoo!, AOL and XM Radio similarly jumped on board and are now all spinning the album's first single, "Smallest Things."
Band members includes Derick Thompson, Rich Kluckow, Will Puth, Brian Whitman, Micah Bachler, and Scott Walbridge. Their song influences includes U2, Coldplay, Radiohead, and Bruce Hornsb.
"We have an international heart," says singer/pianist Derick Thompson. "We're getting radio spins [for the single "Smallest Things"] in 55 countries, and want to reach the whole world with our music. For us, it's not a win to be successful only in the U.S. We'd like to see ourselves successful in places like Brazil and New Zealand and Uganda." STRIVE's international vision can be traced back to Thompson's childhood. Born in Iowa, he moved with his parents to Russia in 1992, just a year after the USSR was disbanded. The five years he spent there influenced him greatly, and STRIVE has since toured extensively in Russia as well as in Brazil, which is where Thompson met his wife.
Reference: Official Strive Channel on YouTube
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