by marlys good
Four young Christian men with a love of music, Adrian Melin, Seth Hoblit, Keegen Jenness and Jud Foote, combined their respective talents to form the band Hello Goodtimes and have entered a contest that will take place in July in Rapid City, S.D. at Hills Alive, a huge free Christian event. (Melin and Hoblit are GHS grads; Jenness, the youngest of the foursome, is a junior. All four are members of Grace Southern Baptist Church where Hoblit serves as youth minister.)
Hello Goodtimes, will be playing original inspirational songs written by Melin and Hoblit, guitarists and vocalists for the band. Jenness is the master of the drums and Foote plays bass.
The winner of the contest will be decided by vote. You can listen to their music on: hoblits.wix.com/hellogoodtimes; or listen and vote on: hillsalive.com/2014/index.php/talent-search-vote.
The four gravitated together through a mutual love of God and music. They started as a praise band; their music ranges from inspirational rock to reggae.
When asked which comes first — the music or the words — Hoblit and Melin agreed that it all starts with the music. As they play and experiment, things begin coming together. Both agree that during this initial process words or phrases sometimes come to them as they are “feeling” their way into the music.
Hoblit said the lyrics “embrace the struggles of everyday Christian living that “Gen YZ” can relate to easily. The two lyricists have collaborated on 13 songs and are still going strong to add to their repertoire.
Hoblit describes Hello Goodtimes, as “a band of strong, young believers that desire to proclaim Christ and praise Jesus with contagious joy in all we do.”