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About

The Band

Gregg Hodge and his four band mates formed Princeton Revival to promote and facilitate maturity in Christian thinking and practice. They are theologically trained, tenured musicians, tried believers and true friends.

 

Between the five, they hold Master of Divinity degrees, have served or are serving as pastors, elders and lay leaders. and have interacted with some of the most recognized names in Christian and pop music including, The Allies; Ceili Rain; Michael W. Smith; Charlie Peacock; Ray Charles, The 77s; Jo Dee Messina, Trisha Yearwood, Raul Malo, Kathy Troccoli, Rebecca St. James; and the Temptations.

 

Their quests to glorify God by enjoying Him forever have resulted in the practical books, powerful events and useful resources they offer as they prayerfully seek to inspire and help others know God more deeply to their satisfaction and His glory.

Gregg Hodge
Vocals

The founder and frontman of Princeton Revival, Gregg’s love for music expressed itself at a very early age. Deeply influenced by his father’s jazz vinyl collection, he picked up his first pair of drum sticks at age two and eventually won first place all-state jazz drummer in his home state of New York. After High School Gregg toured as a founding member of His Band with best friend, Bill Randall. His Band played with several acts including Amy Grant and David Meece. Gregg also wrote the #1 CCM single “Father” with Morgan Cryar and “If He Goes Before Me” with Barry Graul—a #2 hit for White Cross. He earned a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies from Southern Seminary and served as the Senior Pastor of two churches. He was a founding board member of The Augustine School, a Christian Classical school in West Tennessee, and also served as the Dean of the Emerging Leaders Program in Southwest Florida. Gregg’s burden is that men discover how the Gospel transforms their lives and roles by growing in their knowledge of God through His Word and in community (with a fine cigar and microbrew whenever possible). His book, Minding Your Faith (Solid Ground Christian Books, 2015), is dedicated to helping men experience devotional lives that affect their real lives. Gregg is married to MaryAnn, and they have three children: Dalton, Kalianne, and Averi. They attend church in their hometown of Brentwood, Tennessee.

Matt Chapman
Bass

Before co-founding the bands Allies and Clash of Symbols, Matthew’s teenage years were spent in California playing in bands with fellow Allies founder, and one of his best friends in the world, Randy Thomas. In addition to touring and hundreds of shows with the these bands, he also performed with Brian Duncan, Rick Elias, Benny Hester, and Daryl Mansfield. Matthew is married to Denise and considers his primary job description to be Dad to his three children: Coltrane, Jagger Zane, and Kashmir. He’s passionate about mentoring dads to bond with their sons and leading in the spiritual and musical development of kids. He also tours and records with Seeds Family Worship, a ministry dedicated to helping families memorize God’s Word and worship together. He sees Princeton Revival as an amazing opportunity to reach men that fall through the cracks of the organized church and connect with them at a critical juncture in their lives as fathers and husbands. Matthew attends a Calvary Chapel church in Franklin, Tennessee.

Aaron Smith
Drums

On a trip to Wales as the drummer for The 77s, Aaron was confronted with the beauty of the Gospel through a series of messages given by Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias. Aaron’s rich and diverse musical career includes studio sessions and tours with world renowned artists: Ray Charles, the Motown acts The Temptations and The Undisputed Truth, The Funk Brothers, Romeo Void, Miroslov Vitous, Michael W. Smith, Charlie Peacock, and Rich Mullins. His desire to invest in the next generation of musicians by opening them to fresh and diverse approaches led him to be a mentor at The Nashville Jazz Workshop. Aaron’s tireless passion for theology and drumming led him to Princeton Revival. He’s married to Susan, and has two children, three step-children, and two grandchildren. Aaron attends Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He still practices every day … because he loves it.

Bill Randall
Keys & Vocals

Bill’s journey to keys came as a teenager in Syracuse, New York through his classical training in flute. Early in his career, he toured with fellow founder of His Band and best friend, Gregg Hodge. After several years and hundreds of stories that still get told around the campfire, Bill went on to tour professionally for about twelve years with artists including Rebecca St. James and Cieli Rain. Bill also played flute with the Nashville Praise Symphony comprised of the best worship team musicians in Tennessee. Princeton Revival is the marriage of his two favorite subjects, music and theology. His love for understanding and explaining the Bible resulted from a ten year quest to discover how the stories and pieces fit together. Deeply influenced by the 18th century pastor/theologian, Jonathan Edward’s emphasis on the excellency, sweetness, and centrality of Christ, Bill is passionate about showing the truth of God’s Word in a way people can grasp it. He’s married to Susan and has one child, three step children, and three grandchildren. Bill is currently finishing a Masters degree through Covenant Theological Seminary and attends West End Community Church (PCA) in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tim Calhoun
Guitars & Vocals

By the time Tim earned his driver’s license, he was playing five gigs a week and had developed an impressive focus on developing his craft as a guitar player. Soon he was off to the University of Miami to study jazz guitar where played with Mr. Boodles and the Midnight Horn and began a career as a studio musician. It was during this season of his life that Tim also found his thirst for Christ growing and his faith maturing.
Eventually, he moved to New York City where he became a highly sought after session player and established himself as a jingle writer for brands such as Coca Cola, Macy’s, CNN and the US Army. He met his bride, Amy, and they now have two teenage boys. Parenthood found Tim reading a number of books, one of which transformed his purpose as a man — Raising A Modern Day Knight by Robert Lew. Tim’s heart was drawn to disciple his boys and minister to men helping them understand what it means to be men of faith. He desires to live his life prioritized by Scripture and believes one of his callings is to guide the next generation to do the same. It is this conviction that drew him to Princeton Revival, and he is excited to see how the Lord will use this ministry to change the lives of other men and their families. Tim and his family attend Grace Chapel Church in Leipers Fork, Tennessee where he serves on the worship team.