| Contemporary Christian|
| Mobile, Alabama, United States|
Contemporary Christian music
Mark Harris, Andy Chrisman, Kirk Sullivan, Marty Magehee, Jason Barton
Benson Records, Word Records, Fair Trade Services
The Basics of Life, The Season of Love, Hymns: A Place of Worship, Best Ones, Face the Nation
4Him was a Contemporary Christian group founded in 1990 in Alabama, US. The group has ten Dove awards, a Grammy nomination and three certified gold albums to their credit. The group was inducted into Alabama's Music Hall of Fame, following the awarding of The Governor’s Achievement Award. The group has also been featured performers for popular Christian Evangelist crusaders, Billy Graham and Luis Palau.
4Him disbanded in 2006 to pursue individual careers of ministry and music. They have released 12 studio albums which have produced 27 number one singles.
The group has made sporadic reunion appearances since 2009.
Andy Chrisman, Mark Harris, Marty Magehee, and Kirk Sullivan originally met when they sang together in Truth, a Contemporary Christian vocal group founded in the late 1960s and directed by Roger Breland. Truth had a rotating roster of four male and four female vocalists. After three representatives from Benson Records attended several Truth concerts in the late 1980s during which Andy, Mark, Marty, and Kirk performed, Benson approached the quartet saying that they wanted to use the guys to create a new male four-member vocal group under the Benson label. "Where There Is Faith", their first single, stayed at No. 1 on the charts for eight weeks, two months before 4Him left Truth. Releasing their self-titled debut in 1990, they blended the traditions of Christian music's past, with modern pop production and practical lyrics.
In 1996, with the release of The Message, 4Him changed their overall sound in an effort to keep pushing the creative limits of the group. The guys replaced the over-the-top orchestrations and choral vocal arrangements with a stripped down, acoustic band approach where one of the guys would sing lead and the other three would sing backing vocals. On 1998’s Obvious, each member took more ownership of their music – becoming more involved in the production and songwriting aspects.
By 2004, all four of the guys reevaluated the future of the ministry. After close to seventeen years together, the members of 4Him decided to embark on solo careers. On September 23, 2006, they performed their final concert at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, AL, the city where 4Him’s 17-year journey first started. At that concert, various individuals (including family members, record producers, management, and Truth founder Roger Breland) were recognized for their contributions to 4Him’s ministry.
Andy Chrisman released his freshman solo effort One in 2004, and is worship pastor at Church on the Move, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2008, he, along with the Church on the Move Praise Band, released Beautiful Name, a live worship CD.
In 2005, Mark Harris released The Line Between the Two. In 2007, Harris won a GMA Dove Award in the category of Inspirational Song of the Year for "Find Your Wings". On September 25, 2007, he released his second album Windows and Walls on INO Records. On October 13, 2011, Harris released his third album Stronger In The Broken Places on Stylos Records. In 2012, Harris had the featured song, "When We're Together" in the film, Courageous. Until mid-2013, he served as Artist-in-Residence/Worship Pastor at Bay Community Church outside Mobile, AL. He is currently serving as Artist in Residence/Associate Worship Pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.
In 2010, Kirk Sullivan released his independent solo release Timeless on his website. Timeless contains "Get Down Mountain" (previously featured on the Encore album), a new reworked arrangement of his trademark song "The Basics of Life", and a bonus track of a song recorded when he was twelve years old.
In 2008, Marty Magehee released his independent solo release, Open, on his website. The first single, "Eyes Wide Open", was released to Christian radio in May 2008. The album also included the song "Runaway Train", which appeared on 4Him's final CD, Encore. He is also producing albums for other artists. 2011 Magehee is on the faculty of Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, teaching courses in Worship Band, Studio Recording, Beats and Loops, and Songwriting.
After nearly five years apart, the quartet made their first reunion on the K-Love Friends and Family Cruise in January 2009. A one-off concert in West Monroe, LA took place in March, and another reunion happened on Kathy Troccoli's "KT and Friends Cruise" to Alaska in June 2010. In Spring of 2013, 4Him will perform several concerts on a tour dubbed "With One Voice" together with the group Avalon and solo Christian singer songwriter Cindy Morgan. Starting in September 2015, 4Him will begin a 25th anniversary tour.1990: 4Him
1991: Face the Nation
1992: The Basics of Life
1993: The Season of Love (Christmas)
1994: The Ride
1996: The Message
2000: Hymns: A Place of Worship
2001: Walk On
2006: Encore... For Future Generations
Compilations1999: Best Ones
2001: Chapter One... A Decade
2004: Simply 4Him
2015: 4Him XXV
Other album appearances1990: Jesus - The Best Gift of All (various artists), "The Best Gift of All"
1992: Master Pieces (various artists), "Turn Your Radio On"
1993: The New Young Messiah (various artists), "The Trumpet Shall Sound"
1993: Chain of Grace, Dallas Holm (background vocals), "Chain of Grace", "Nothing Satisfies Me Like Jesus"
1993: Faith Hope & Love, Mylon LeFevre, "Give Thanks"
1995: Hymns & Voices, various artists "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"
1995: My Utmost for His Highest (various artists), "You Are Holy"
1997: Love and Mercy, Kathy Troccoli, "Love One Another"
1999: Streams (various artists), "The Only Thing I Need" (which included vocals by Jon Anderson of Yes)
1999: Bridges (various), "It's Gonna Rain", featuring The Canton Spirituals
2000: Pure Hymns: The John Tesh Project, featured on "How Great Thou Art"
2000: Hope Changes Everything (various artists), "Broken"
2003: WOW Worship: Yellow (various artists), "Thy Word"
1991: Face the Nation
1993: The Basics of Life
1995: The Ride Comes Alive
1996: The Message in the Making
2006: Encore (from the Encore Farewell Tour, recorded at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia)
1994: The Ride Tour, featuring Kathy Troccoli, Clay Crosse, Greg Long and Steve Geyer
1995/96: The Young Messiah Tour (Christmas)
1997: Co-headlined tour with Point of Grace
1998: Headlined 1998 Spring Tour, featuring Big Tent Revival and Jeni Vernadeau
1998: Headlined tour with special guest Jaci Velásquez featuring Michelle Tumes
2000: Child of the Promise Tour, with Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris, and more
2002: "4Guys And A Fruitcake" Christmas Tour with Chonda Pierce
2003: World Vision 2003 Spring Tour
2006: Encore Farewell Tour
2015: 25-Year Reunion Tour
1997: Grammy nomination – Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for The Message
1991: Best New Artist of the Year
1993: Group of the Year
1993: Inspiration Album of the Year for Generation to Generation
1994: Group of the Year
1994: Inspirational Album of the Year For The Season of Love
1995: Group of the Year
1998: Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year for "Center of the Mark"
2003: Nomination for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
1990: CRR (Christian Research Report) Reporter Poll – Best New Artist
1991: CRR (Christian Research Report) – Best Group
1992: CRR (Christian Research Report) – Best Group
1993: CBA Impact Award – Total Promotional Campaign, Music: The Basics of Life
1994: CCM Magazine – Song of the Year: "For Future Generations"
1995: American Songwriter – Christian Artist of the Year
1996: CCM Readers' Poll – Favorite Long Form Video: The Ride Comes Alive
RIAA Certified Gold Album – The Basics of Life (1996)
Featured performers with the Luis Palau crusade and the Billy Graham crusade
Performed at "Sold Out 1998" Promise Keepers conference the day before the Super Bowl
Co-host of the 1998 NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Bobby Clampett/4Him Pro-Am Classic Golf Tournament, and have co-hosted every year since
The song "Ride of Life" was featured in chiptune form on a NES game by Wisdom Tree, on a cartridge which included their game Sunday Funday
Where There Is Faith4Him · 19904Him Wikipedia
A Strange Way to Save the WorldThe Season of Love · 1993
The Basics of LifeThe Basics of Life · 1992