Growing up together in Cedartown, Ga., High Flight Society formed while its members were still in high school. Guitarist Michael Packer, his brother, bass player John Packer, drummer Scotty Lockridge and frontman Jason Wilkes joined with producer Tony Palacios (Toby Mac, Audio Adrenaline) to create the stunning, anthemic modern rock sound found on the group’s national debut. Though the 22-year-old Wilkes surprisingly admits a love for all things Southern Gospel, High Flight’s musical influences come from more likely rock sources, bands like Kutless, Anberlin and Foo Fighters.
“We feel that God has called us to ‘be a light in the darkness,’” Wilkes noted. “We want to use our music to tell people about Jesus, people who might not hear the conventional way. We want to make music that could, because of its sound, easily make its way outside the walls of the church. There are so many songs out there portraying so many negative things. We want our music to be played alongside those songs, but we hope to send a positive message of hope and forgiveness to people who are hearing that message less and less.”
RKT Music President Don Donahue said, “High Flight Society is one of those ‘must see’ bands. They are exceptional live, and they write the kind of hooky songs that can work on multiple formats if treated right. We look forward to introducing HFS and their ministry to the masses in June.”
This Spring finds the band headed out on tour with Gotee artists Storyside: B and Our Heart’s Hero in addition to their own solo dates, which are being booked via a recent signing with GOA, Inc. At Christian radio last fall, High Flight Society scored a Top 20 Rock single with “Up Above” and will follow that success with “Time is Running Out,” which went for adds at Rock last week. The band will also release “Declaration,” an anthem for evangelism and salvation, to CHR stations April 13.
For more information and updated tour dates, visit www.hfsrock.com, www.myspace.com/highflightsociety and www.rktmusic.com.
A subsidiary of Rocketown Records, RKT Music was launched in January 2006 to seek out touring bands with strong artistic statements, active fan bases and great songs to reach a diverse demographic. Rocketown Records/RKT Music is owned and chaired by Grammy Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith.