Innovative and traditional are two words that seldom find their way into the same sentence yet perfectly capture the essence of Chosen Road. This unique ability to blend the pure sounds of Appalachian music with an uncompromising commitment to the Gospel finds them on the road over 130 days a year, moving seamlessly from festivals to fairs to church sanctuaries.
Chosen Road has carved a singular niche in the musical landscape with their world-class Appalachian instrumentation combined with a passion for sharing and living the Gospel. Comprised of founding member Jonathan Buckner, along with Zachary Alvis, Tyler Robertson, Chris Stockwell, and Josh Hicks, the group has been carefully honing their craft since 2009, releasing six albums and performing at festivals, fairs, churches and theaters across the United States as well as overseas. The band’s 2020 recording, Appalachian Worship, reached #4 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, and remained a fixture there for a notable 30 weeks. In addition, the group’s 2021 Appalachian Hymns spent eight weeks in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart. Appalachian Christmas, the latest release and first holiday recording by celebrated bluegrass Gospel group Chosen Road, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart leading recordings by such iconic artists as Dolly Parton and Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, along with bluegrass sensations Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, in the chart’s Top 10.
Throughout their career, Chosen Road has garnered six Top 10 bluegrass radio singles, including the #1 “When I Get Home,” and the group has performed on stages alongside such greats as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent, and The Isaacs. With deep roots in the Baptist tradition, the band has an ongoing partnership with the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Church Replant and Revitalization Team, where they help increase awareness about the number of churches closing their doors each year.
Even with the successes they have enjoyed, what has not changed is their original commitment to keep the focus on Christ and Christ alone. While the music of Appalachia may owe its roots to the ancient sounds of Scottish-Irish descent, it has found a fresh voice on a road much closer to home. A Chosen Road.