Siby Varghese Band

Infobox musical artist
Name = Siby Varghese Band



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Origin = flagicon|USA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Genre = Worship Christian rock
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Years_active = 2005-present
Label = Independent
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URL = http://www.sibyvarghese.com/
Current_members = Siby Varghese William Mettil Bradley Mettil Dany Wilfred Joby Alexander

Siby Varghese Band is a 5-piece Christian rock and worship band from Philadelphia, PA.

Band History

The Call

In 2005, Siby Varghese, Billy Mettil, Bear Cherian and several other musicians and singers led worship for the Saturday night service at the 23rd Pentecostal Conference of North American Keralites. Siby played acousitc and lead vocals, Billy played keyboard and background vocals and Bear played electric guitar. Siby realized the call on his life to go into full time music ministry after speaking and praying with several people at the conference. He changed his major and school from Architecture at the Community College of Philadelphia to World Missions at Valley Forge Christian College.

The Start

Siby and Bear met frequently beginning in December 2005 to record an original album. The start was very rough with a dusty, 12-channel mixer, found abandoned in a trash dump connected to a homemade desktop computer and recorded using Adobe Audition. With the help of Dany Wilfred on drums and Billy's brother, Bradley on electric guitar and bass the debut album, Siby Varghese was completed and released on March 24, 2006.

The band continued to perform and lead worship in and around the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York areas at various events conferences, meetings, cafes, colleges, etc. Billy and Bear played keyboard and electric guitar, respectively, while switching off on bass when Bradley was unavailable. The drummers position rotated between Dany and friends of the band, Steve Samuel and Johnson. The members were all a part of the Fusion House Band at Fusion First Friday meetings held by Fusion Ministries in Philadelphia.

Siby and Bear met again in November 2006 to remix and re-master the original album. During the process it was decided to add two more songs to the album and re-release it as a completely new album. Bear's basement was once again transformed into a studio space, this time with better equipment. The recording was completed in two weeks and included an appearance by Jason James. The album was released at The Koling in Oklahoma City, OK on December 22, 2006.

iby's Injury

During a basketball tournament in late April 2007, Siby hurt his leg and was under tremendous pain. After several hospital visits the doctors concluded he had compartment syndrome and was at risk of losing his leg. He was rushed into emergency surgery to relieve the pain. After six surgeries approximately fifty-percent of the muscle in his lower leg had died and was removed. Siby was unable to move or leave his home for about two months. During that time Billy filled in for lead vocals at venues that had booked the band ahead of time.

With much prayer and support from his family and friends across the country, Siby has made a tremendous recovery and is able to walk without any assistance. He continues physical therapy to strengthen his leg.

Restructuring

The band began writing and collaborating for the second full album in the fall of 2007. As plans for the bands direction were discussed the members and their roles were solidified. Joby Alexander was added to play bass and electric guitar while Bear focused on providing sound support. Liffy Varghese became the bands PR man, as well as taking charge of video work at concerts.

Band Members

*Siby Varghese
*Billy Mettil
*Bradley Mettil
*Dany Wilfred
*Joby Alexander

Technical Staff

*Bear Cherian (A/V)
*Liffy Varghese (PR)
*Staicy Alexander (Event Coordinator)

Discography

# "Siby Varghese" (March 2006)
# "" (December 2006)
# "Untitled album" (2008)

External links

* [http://www.sibyvarghese.com/ Siby Varghese Band official website]
* [http://www.pcnakyouth.com/spotlight_sibyvarghese.aspx?id=2 PCNAK Spotlight, May 2008]


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