In the book of Genesis, it says the prophet Enoch walked with God (see Genesis 5:24). In the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, further revelation on this prophet and his city tell of a group of people who were so righteous and unified that they were brought up into heaven (see Moses 7:69).
With this story as their inspiration, Jeremy Christensen, Brianna Curran and Kyle Wesley call their Christian pop trio City of Enoch. Though they have been writing music and performing together for about a year, they recently released their first album, titled “Sweet Redeemer,” with Shadow Mountain Records.
“The City of Enoch was a city that was so united in peace and love and mercy that the Savior himself walked among the people,” Christensen said in an interview.
He added that the group’s mission is to create a City of Enoch-like community with their music. They focus on unity, love, peace, hope and Jesus Christ in their songs. Their goal in performances is to have the audience feel like a community.
“That’s where City of Enoch came from — that desire to have us all feel one and united in love and peace,” he said.
City of Enoch has been performing for more than a year. Christensen and Wesley sang together before the trio was formed. The duo wanted a third voice to form a trio, and after much prayer, they found Curran on YouTube, said Christensen.
“Ever since we met the first time, we all just got along really well,” Curran said in an interview. “It’s just been really fun for me working with these guys, especially being able to share in the talent that they have.”
Curran also recalled that after their first meeting her face hurt by the end because they had all been laughing so hard.
Though they have tons of fun, it's not all easy, they said. All of the musicians call Utah home — Christensen is from Hyrum, Cache County; Curran from Lehi; and Wesley is from Logan. So they said it can be a challenge to get together to practice.
Balancing their lives with jobs, families and the trio can also be difficult. Further, all of the members became first-time parents during the band's first year as each welcomed a daughter into their families. Curran was pregnant during most of the trio's recording time and said she prayed to not to go into labor just yet. Her baby was born two days after the group finished recording the vocals.
But despite challenges, they manage because they love being able to spread their message.
In addition, sometimes writing the music can be a challenge. Speaking for himself, Christensen said that musicians often feel so much.
“It’s just kind of in our nature,” he said. “That’s where we get our songs from, that’s where we get the music from.”
He said it can be easy to get caught up in the emotion, and even feel depression or anxiety. But in doing so, he can help others who are suffering with similar feelings through his music.
“I really don’t care how successful this becomes as long as every time we go play some place, as long as one person is touched or is changed, or the depression or anxiety goes away for just a moment, that’s all I care about,” he said. “That’s the best part about it for me.”
In fact, he said after every performance, people reach out to the band to thank them or tell them about the impact their music made.
“Definitely the most rewarding part for me is those small moments when someone reaches out to you and shares how your music — how your creative creation — has blessed their lives or touched their lives or helped them to receive an answer that they’re looking for,” Wesley said in an interview.
The musicians say that another great part about their job is being able to use their talents to share their love for the Savior and bring people to him.
“Our whole mission is to invite others to come to Christ and to take advantage of his Atonement and his gospel,” Wesley said.
Their album “Sweet Redeemer” features songs inspired by that mission.
When writing songs, they often turn to the scriptures for inspiration. One song, “For God So Loved the World,” came straight from John 3:16 in the Bible. The idea for another song titled “Bountiful” comes from stories in the Book of Mormon. The song “Unchanging” was inspired by a talk from the late LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley.
Other times, the musicians draw from personal experience. Christensen had a very personal healing experience that inspired him to write “Falling Down.” Perhaps most importantly, though, the group members say they want to make sure the songs mean something.
Christensen said City of Enoch works to not be above everyone else. Rather, the songs mean something to the musicians themselves.
“These are things that we’ve felt. A lot of it’s about the Atonement, about repentance, forgiveness, mercy, and these are things I’ve felt especially writing songs,” Christensen said. “It’s not just made up ‘what-ifs.’ It’s coming from the emotions and the spiritual feelings of our souls.”
Though the members of City of Enoch are all LDS, Wesley said their main goal is to share the gospel of Christ and be inclusive of all Christians. Their music is being played on Christian radio.
“That’s really, really exciting for us right now to be able to spread this,” Curran said.
Now, the group is starting to write music for their next album and performing. See their Facebook page or their website cityofenochmusic.com for information. Their "Sweet Redeemer" album is available at Deseret Book or on iTunes.