Exclusive: Southbound’s Seth J. Elbe Reflects On Trio’s Formation & Debut Album

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Worship music veterans and longtime friends, Clint Brown, Seth J. Elbe and Jody Braselton, have joined forces to form the contemporary Southern Gospel trio, Southbound. Featuring captivating harmonies and powerful lyrics, Southbound’s debut, self-titled album was released on September 24 from Daywind Records. Southbound includes covers of beloved songs such as the lead single “Address Change Notification” and new material like “He’s Got a Way,” which the members were inspired to write by Braselton’s son, who is autistic. In this TCB Exclusive, Southbound’s Seth J. Elbe talks about how the trio formed and the early response to their new music.

Congratulations on the release of Southbound! Can you share when you first had the vision for this project?
The three of us received an overwhelming and unexpected reaction to some videos of us singing together online, so we decided to go in the studio and record some songs we grew up singing.

This is Southbound’s debut record. How did the trio form as a group?
As we began recording, we were approached by several record companies who had heard about us. We soon realized that this was becoming something much bigger than what we thought. Southbound was created…all of us headed back to our Southern Gospel Roots!

You pre-released “Address Change Notification” ahead of the project, along with a music video. Why was this single selected for pre-release?
This was actually the first song we sang together last year just for fun around the piano. We sang it at Judah Church that Sunday and the response from the Congregation and from posting it online was amazing. It’s an older song that we thought would be great to reinvent with our new version.

Which was the last track written/selected for the album and how did it complete the project?
“Graves Into Gardens” finished out the project. It’s a powerful song by Elevation Worship, and we thought it would be great to cross it over into the world of Southern Gospel.

Looking back on the album creation process, what surprised you most?
The hardest thing for us was to actually decide which songs to include. We’ve already recorded over 21 songs and are continuing to write more even now.

How will you define success for this project, individually and as a group?
We’ve already felt success by a few things…the acceptance from the Southern Gospel Community, the response of our growing fans base and the surprising rise on the charts.

What are you most expectant for in the remainder of 2021?
We have several concert dates throughout the rest of the year and we enjoy that the most as well as the release of our three-song Christmas EP coming soon!

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