Following my MySpace post on November 19, "The Heart of Tate Music Group," I got an insightful post from the soon-to-be-signed Tate Music Group band Upperdeck. Upperdeck is a Christian metal group from Maryland, often described as a modern Iron Maiden (though every time I listen, I can't deny the semblance of Evanescence). They're fantastic and have a true heart for ministry and a passion for getting out their message through music. Here's what they wrote:
Praise God!!! While reviewing the contract we were offered by Tate Music Group (TMG) we were told by many people and internet reviews that if we needed to pay a label then it was a scam. After long hours of prayer with each other and individually the Lord kept telling us that this is where we should be. "If God is with us, then who can be against us" With that said we re-read the final page of the contract. This company works for and toward the kingdom of God!! The realization we came up with is this: Just like a mission's trip, and we believe we are always on mission to spread the good news of Christ, God will provide everything we need to do His work. This includes the upfront investment into a project that He leads anyway. When we are asked by the Lord to go to Africa or Bolivia or anywhere on mission's we don't question payment or money so why should be now. TMG is not just a christian record label they are a m Cistry and we very blessed to have the opportunity to work with them.Thanks to Upperdeck for this post! We can't wait to get your music out to bless many listeners!
Thank you for your offer and we are looking forward to signing with you!!!
We haven't signed the contract yet but right after we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus we plan on signing!!
God bless you guys and we will pray for your ministry.
Please also, pray for us as God opens doors and help us to remember all we do is for HIM and not for our own glory!! We lift up His holy name and praise Him!!