About Faith by Fire
Fronted by vocalist and songwriter Jennifer Bone, Faith by Fire is on the cutting edge of contemporary Christian music. The group was founded in 2010 and named out of personal struggles that each member has faced and continues to go through in this world. All of the members: singer and songwriter Jennifer Bone, guitarist, singer, songwriter Eldon Stetson, bassist, singer, songwriter Scott Copeland, Drummer, lyricist and musical Director Mike Elia, and Keyboardist, Evangelist Mac Collett have faced extraordinary experiences of struggles and tribulations in life. Through the perseverance that can only be given by the Grace of God have the members of Faith by Fire found their faith in THE ONE who has carried them through.
Faith by Fire continues to top the charts of the Reverbnation's Phoenix Christian Rock category and has even advanced up to the number five slot GLOBALLY in Christian Rock. But Faith by Fire is not just about fame and recognition. Performing in European Maximum security prisons, providing local jail ministries, constructing homes in Mexico for families in need, and leading local men’s groups are just a few examples of the endeavors that members of Faith by Fire are involved in. As a band, Faith by Fire is a powerhouse, ministry-oriented group and Faith by Fire carries the gift to draw listeners into the heart of God whatever the recipient’s circumstances may be.
Members of Faith by Fire have toured throughout the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia.
Lead vocalist Jennifer Bone has a music teaching career that spans the globe which includes teaching music to underprivileged children in different parts of the world. Jennifer is co-founder of several safe-houses in Thailand which gives refuge to the displaced children of Myanmar. She had the honor of performing the National Anthem at the Presidential Debate in 2004 before President Bush delivered his re-election speech. She received the prestigious Arizona Infusion of Music Award for Best Female Artist and was nominated again the following two years, and has been contracted to sing for the Love Jam with international legendary artists Deniece Williams, Peaches and Herb, and The Intruders. Jennifer has also had original material placed on such shows as the Emmy award winning television series “The Shield”, as well as “MTV”, “VH1”, “Fox Sports” , to name a few , and has been featured on European television and radio in addition to local television and radio.
Drummer / Musical Director, lyricist Michael Elia has emerged onto the Christian music scene since finding faith in Christ and recovery from substance addictions in the Arizona 'Tent City' jail in 2002 where he now returns to preach on Tuesday nights. His background comes from the secular music arena in the New York New Jersey metropolitan area. Michael grew up with and performed many times with guitar virtuoso Paul Crook , Guitarist and producer for Meatloaf. Michael played drums with Satire for a number of years including special guest performances with jam band Moe and Allman Brothers guitarist Dan Toler and the Legends of Southern Rock , and Satire emerged to the top of the local tip charts with radio airplay on radio stations nationwide. After the group disbanded, Michael entered into the live audio engineering industry and mixed sound for bands such as Richey Havens, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Marcy Playground, Jazz violin legend Stephane Grappelli, and the all-time greatest Reggae band The Wailers. He also played in Phoenix in 1997-'99 with then 14 year-old guitar prodigy JD Simo in the Jeff Simo's Millennium Man band, headlining shows at The Cajun House and performing live on Chanel 3 TV. Today Michael applies his talent to glorify God and minister to believers and non-believers alike with the music of Faith By Fire and the music ministry at Open Door Fellowship Church, where he preaches occasionally.
Guitarist/songwriter Eldon Stetson hales from Washington State but, has called the Phoenix Valley his home for the last 16 years. He has been playing guitar for over 27 years, performing for over 20 years, and teaching guitar for the last 10. Eldon's musical experience runs the gamut. He studied Commercial Music at Spokane Falls Community college, Classical and Jazz guitar at Glendale Community College, and has studied privately with “up and coming” jazz guitarist, Pete Pancrazi, and Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy. He came up in the Washington club scene playing in multiple Hard Rock cover bands, and after moving to Phoenix, played guitar for professional cover band Mr. Hyde. During his time with Mr. Hyde the band opened for national acts Zowie Bowie and Steppenwolf. He also played on the worship team at his church for 8 years. Eldon came from a divorced, single parent, family and grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. He started recovery in 2005 after fighting a long battle with a traumatic childhood and several addictions. Eldon joined Faith by Fire in 2010, and has come full circle, once again playing Rock & Roll. This time for Christ.
Since the birth of the band, Faith by Fire has shared the stages with Tooth and Nail recording artists Icon for Hire and Hyland performing at The Rage Music Festival and Pre Rage show in 2012 and the Canyon Music festival 2013 at Grand Canyon University with international headliners Kutless and Flatfoot 56. Faith by Fire also acclaimed recognition when they were asked to perform with Redbone, a secular Native American rock group that reached number 5 in the U.S. charts and number 1 on European charts. Faith by Fire has had the privilege of performing at the Rhythm Room. The Rhythm Room has been a Phoenix music venue staple for years, earning a national reputation for hosting great blues artists. In recent years, the Rhythm Room has played host to national pop, rock and indie acts and Faith by Fire was honored to bring Christian Music to this historic venue.
Faith by Fire has also performed at Phoenix's edition of the worldwide chain of rock 'n' roll themed restaurants The Hard Rock Café , making it to the finals of the Hard Rock Rising 2013 competition against secular bands. Faith by Fire continues to headline shows at The Hard Rock Café in Phoenix, as well as performing as a featured act in the annual Arizona Storm Christian Music Worship Festival held in Casa Grande, Arizona. Recently, Faith by Fire played Hopefest at Chase Field in Phoenix, one of the largest ministry events in Arizona. Faith by Fire also performed at the 2013 Elevate Music Festival in Prescott Valley, AZ with international super acts Third Day and Jars of Clay. This was the largest Christian music festival in the history of Arizona. Faith by Fire played the Arizona area convention for Crystal Meth Anonymous in July 2013, and was the host band for the Out of the Ashes fundraiser concert for the victims of the Yarnell Fire with headliner and country music legend Jessi Colter. Faith by Fire will also kick off the Celebrate Recovery 's HopefestAZ event in the town square of Prescott, AZ , sharing the stage with Matt Maher, Jamie Solcum, Steve Richard, Covenant 31, Mia Koehne and Brian Weaver.
The hostory of Faith by Fire's engagements shows the quality of the band's talent, performances, fan base and motivation. Continuing to move forward in the path the God has laid out, Faith by Fire has become a tool for God's Kingdom to reach both those that already know Him and those who will come to faith!