Photos, video: Churchill performs “Change” at Denver party

By John Moore

Sept. 21, 2012

Just two weeks after signing with national label A&M Octone Records, home of Maroon 5, Denver acoustic indie-rock band Churchill played a down-low private party on Sept. 20 at a Denver art studio. The evening of mostly casual, unplugged goodness included a rendition of the popular new radio hit “Change” (video above), which Churchill singer-guitarist Tim Bruns credited as being the song that landed the band its record deal.

The evening included sets from Stephanie Dorman, Michael Morter, Bethany Kelly, and the band Churchill, sans bass player Tyler Rima. That’s Bruns (vocals and guitar), Kelly (vocals and guitar), Morter (mandolin and guitar) and drummer Joe Richmond (drums, or in this case – drum).

A&M has picked up Churchill’s latest release “The Change EP” for national distribution, and the band already has begun work on a full-length. Churchill has two shows scheduled Sept. 29-30 at the Bluebird Theater, the first of which is sold out.

 

From left: Michael Morter, Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.

 

Michael Morter of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.

 

 

Bethany Kelly of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.

 

Bethany Kelly of Churchill with Stephanie Dorman. Photo by John Moore.

 

Joe Richmond of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.

 

From left: Michael Morter, Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.

 

An artist at work during the Churchill party. Photo by John Moore.

 

Drummer Joe Richmond of Churchill in shadow. Photo by John Moore.

 

Party host Amy Bruns, wife of Churchill singer Tim Bruns. Photo by John Moore

 

Churchill drummer Joe Richmond, sister Nicole Mills (left) and party host Amy Bruns take in the set by Bethany Lelly. Photo by John Moore.

From left: Michael Morter, Tim Bruns, Bethany Kelly and Joe Richmond of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.