Gold Frankincense & Myrrh is a new breed rising; an all-female Beautycore band comprised of a trio of sisters, commonly referred to as GFM. Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, GFM infuses positive, youthful energy into traditional metal styling. They have introduced a new genre to the music word by the name of Beautycore which is a mix of hard rock and metalcore, played exclusively by women, and have coined the phrase “we are a new breed rising” from their song Graveyard of Identities. The group’s family ties inherently developed a tight musical bond, and began touring in 2014. Since then, GFM has been sought out for both Christian and general market events, playing festivals such as Rock the Tarmac, Kingdom Bound, A Not So Silent Night, traditional venues and the Axes and Anchors Cruise. GFM just finished the Summer RockFest Tour with Seventh Day Slumber, Random Hero, Scarlet White, and The Protest.
Eighteen-year-old CJ shines as the band’s lead guitarist and shares vocals with sixteen-year-old Maggie, who rocks dual instruments on bass and keys. The youngest of the group, thirteen-year-old Lulu, anchors the band with an intensity on drums that is way beyond her years.
GFM’s edgy sound resonates in the familiar dark corners of its metal genre; but with influencers like August Burns Red, Memphis May Fire, and Fit For a King, GFM’s lyrics infuse a positive energy. Through their individual journeys, GFM manages to blur the lines of the Christian sub-culture. Drawing its name from the original gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, GFM proves that while the guitar’s distorted, the message is clear. The mission is spreading hope and strength to a dark and hurting age.
GFM's current full-length album, "Identity Crisis" is available on all digital download websites including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Music and much more.
For more on GFM, visit www.thegfmband.com. Check them out on all social media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Periscope, etc. @thegfmband and iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, etc. @ Gold Frankincense & Myrrh. Booking information is available by contacting (904)-303-2783 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. All other correspondence should be sent to Gold Frankincense & Myrrh (GFM), 450-106 SR 13 N, #214, Jacksonville, FL 32259, USA.
Sponsorships & Partnerships:
Partnership with “Beneath the Skin Organization” as an AIF band (Artists Investing in Fans)
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Cindy English (904)-303-2783
I am always on the lookout for new bands to listen to. Sometimes it feels like an eternity passes between finding one new band and the next, but then again, that could also be because I can be a little picky about my music. In those rare instances when I DO manage to find a new band, I’m just happy or excited I found something new to add to my music library. Still, there are those even rarer instances yet, where I’m every bit as eager and excited to let others know about these bands as well because I think they’ve really got something special and I’m eager to see how God uses them in the future. I’ve been fortunate enough to have come across one such band recently and have every expectation of seeing them blow up in the near future. Indie Vision Music readers, I introduce to you, Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh is an all female band based out of St. John’s, FL. The band is made up of 3 sisters, CJ (17, plays lead guitar and does lead vocals), Maggie (15, on bass and keys, also on lead vocals), and Lulu (12, on drums). The girls have dubbed themselves “Beautycore”, which is a mix of hard rock and metalcore, played exclusively by women. Now, if you know me at all, you know how I just can’t deal with all the new “core”s popping up everyday, but after giving their album a solid listen, I guess I’ll let it slide…but just this once!
From all indications, the band isn’t at all about remaining confined to the four walls of the church, but to actually go out and perform wherever opportunity to do so may arise and this is a theme that is reflected in the lyrics; they’re honest and relatable regardless of where you find yourself, whether you’re a believer, unbeliever, seeker, doubter, or whatever…there is something there for everyone. Musically, the deeper I’d dig, the more and more impressed I became. The girls have a very hard rock sound that, in my honest opinion, can easily go toe to toe with just about any of the other artists/bands out there today. After a good listen through, there’s no question, these girls got serious skill and I don’t mean “for their age”, but in the overall scheme of things. Yes, they are obviously a younger band, no question, but if they’re at this level writing/recording/performing now, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
Vocally, I’m reminded of Paramore at times, sometimes a little Flyleaf, but that’s only at times; CJ and Maggie really have their own sound and quite often throw in cutting screams that are very well executed and placed. As for the music, it’s heavy. There’s some guitar runs going on from time to time, but not out of balance with the solid, heavy guitar chords; the two compliment each other beautifully. Lulu’s drumming is especially impressive; hard hitting and throughout their recorded material there is a skill and style to her playing that shows her to be way ahead of her years.
The band is off to an impressive start, boasting the #15 spot on the Christian Rock Billboard charts for their new single, “Beneath the Skin”, which is also the name of an organization they work with. Beneath the Skin (the organization) is geared towards mentoring youth who deal with anxiety, depression, isolation, and endeavors to make a positive impact on the culture around them, improving their sense of self-worth and overall mental health. You can check the organization’s site out at Beneath the Skin.
Oddly enough, I still don’t recall what it was that initially brought this band to my attention, but I’m especially glad to have found them. This is a band you are going to want to keep your eye on for sure, I have little doubt there are big things in store for them. I know it sounds cliché, but if you only check out one band this year, make it Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. You just can’t go wrong here. Go get it!
Get connected with Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh at any (or all) of their social sites listed below and be on the lookout this summer as they join the Summer Rockfest Tour with Seventh Day Slumber, Random Hero, Scarlet White, and the Protest; dates TBA.
Get their music at:
Beautycore Beneath The Skin GFM Gold Frankincense and Myrrh hard rock identity crisis
GOLD, FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH - Identity Crisis
1. Beneath the Skin
2. Graveyard of Identities
3. Stuck in My Suicide
4. Twisted Humanity
5. Judas Kiss
7. Chatter in the Room Ft. Jonathan Chu and Andrew Piland
8. Evil Lies
9. Death of Giants
The Mission is the Music.
Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh is an all-female Christian Beautycore band composed of a trio of sisters hailing from St. Johns, Florida, commonly referred to as GFM that infuses positive, youthful energy into traditional rock styling. They have introduced a new genre to the music world by the name of Beautycore which is a mix of hard rock and metalcore played exclusively by women. The group’s family ties inherently developed a tight musical bond, and began touring in 2014. Since then, GFM has been sought out for both Christian and general market events, playing festivals such as Rock the Tarmac, community events, traditional venues and the Axes and Anchors Cruise.
Seventeen-year-old CJ shines as the band’s lead guitarist and shares vocals with fifteen-year-old Maggie, who rocks dual instruments on bass and keys. The youngest of the group, twelve-year-old Lulu, anchors the band with an intensity on drums that is way beyond her years.
GFM’s edgy sound resonates in the familiar dark corners of its rock genre; but with influences like Skillet, Red, Memphis May Fire and Disciple, GFM’s lyrics shine with a universal light. Through their individual journeys, GFM manages to blur the lines of the Christian sub-culture, reaching both conservatives and listeners beyond the devout. Drawing its name from the original gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, GFM proves that while the guitar’s distorted, the message is clear – the mission is the music.
Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh
'They gave me a few names of incredible bands.'
I first reviewed their concert a few months back at a venue they did in Sanford Florida, USA. I had no clue going in that they would even be good, let alone as good as they actually are. I am glad to have seen them live or due to their ages I honestly would have figured it was doctored up really well in the studio. But, they are actually that young and now on my Spotify playlists along with KoRn, Slipknot, Ozzy, and many others. My faith does not dictate my taste in music nor make me bias about this band simply because they are a Christian band. (The review of their Sanford, Florida show and an interview with the band is also on Gryphon and a link to Maggie’s interview with Metal Resource can be found in our FB feed.) When Gryphon asked about their influence I was thrilled to hear them say “Five Finger Death Punch” they gave me a few names of incredible bands both Christian and secular. Though they do maintain a sound that is unique to them their influences certainly give you an idea of their style.
'On a new level.'
Though I liked their first cd and the handful of YouTube video’s they had out at the time “IDENTITY CRISIS” cd hit October 3rd and the “Dimensions” of it is on a new level. They address issues that plague many of us today. Graveyard of Identities is by far my favorite track. The few songs on this disk that where on the first on where taken’ back to the studio with even some lyrical changes that certainly made for more depth. Identity Crisis means a period of uncertainty and confusion in which a person’s sense of identity becomes insecure, typically due to a change in their expected aims or roles in society.
“IDENTITY CRISIS” Can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify. Or you can order a hardcopy from their site directly www.thegfmband.com and they will send you an autographed copy. They do ship world wide. The cd is $10 with a $5 dollar shipping fee inside the US and $7 for anywhere outside the US. (Orders go though a PayPal link from their site.)
'The Whosoevers Movement.'
The GFM band are also proud supporters of The Whosoever Movement. A Movement founded by Brian “Head” Welch from KoRn, Anne Lobert, Sonny Sandoval from POD, Ryan Ries, and Ronnie Faisst. A Movement, “Hellbent on Empowering the Youth.” GMF was also on with Tank Thornbridgeton from our hometown alternative station and actually considered “TOO HARD” for their format. They did have a blast doing the show with Tank though. Photo’s where done by Adrienne Beacco www.adriennebeacco.com She has done photo’s for many of my favorite bands including “Stitched up heart” and many others.
Along with the many shows that they have preformed they also often play The Murray Hill Theatre here in Jacksonville, USA. A venue that has recently had many legendary bands such as Stryper, Wage War, For Today’s farewell tour and also Lacey Sturm’s solo cd from former platinum reaching band Flyleaf. Lacey Sturm also being a huge supporter of “The Whosoever Movement!”
review by Stephanie McKenzie
Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh at X102.9 Jacksonville's New Alternative
An Interview with ‘Maggie English’ of Hardrock Band ‘Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh’ (GFM)
Posted by thrashboy on September 2, 2016 at 21:25 Add comments
GFMGFM is the new generation of bands in the Christian rock/metal scene. Hailing from St. Johns, Florida. Comprised of a trio of sisters, GFM infuses positive, youthful energy into traditional rock styling. The group’s family ties inherently developed a tight musical bond, though GFM didn’t officially begin touring until 2014. Since then, GFM has been sought out for both religious and secular events throughout the Southeast, playing festivals, community events, traditional venues and the Axes and Anchors Cruise (Feb. 2016)
In the interview below, Maggie English (Bass/keys/vocals) speaks about the debut EP “Death Of Giants” the upcoming full-lenght album “Identity Crisis” and much more.
TMR: Hello Maggie this is The Metal Resource from Holland, how are things going there in Jacksonville, FL ?
Things are going great here in Jacksonville, FL! We have some super exciting things coming up.
TMR: A rock/metal band consisting of 3 young women, wow: Tell us the brief history of GFM.
GFM got its start as a cover band in 2011. We then got a taste of writing original music and haven’t turned back. We started work on our EP “Death of Giants,” and hit the road as an official original band in 2014. And haven’t stopped since.
GFM-2016TMR: Will you Introduce yourself and the band please ! [name and instrument]
Maggie English – Bass/keys/vocals (15)
CJ English – guitars/vocals (17)
LuLu English – drums/vocals (12)
TMR: How did you get into metal?
Our dad raised us on 80s rock, bands like Poison, ACDC, Guns and Roses, and we just kept wanting heavier and heavier music. I kind of led the pack into heavy music by discovering bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Memphis May Fire, Motionless in White, Disciple, Of Mice and Men, Asking Alexandria, RED. We are constantly on the lookout for more bands like them.
TMR: What is your musical background ?
Our parents had a rule that we had to try music for two years once we turned 5. After those two years, if we didn’t like it, we could quit. We all fell in love with music so naturally we kept it up. We were all supposed to play piano, but CJ wouldn’t practice because she wanted to play the guitar, so she learned how to play guitar. LuLu didn’t even try piano, she went straight to the drums and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I (Maggie) was the only one who stayed with piano, but we needed a bass player, so naturally I was the one who got double instruments.
TMR: Why the name GFM ? Is there a story behind it ?
Our actual name is Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh; our fans call us GFM. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were the first three gifts given to God, and there are three of us, so we are three gifts to give back to God.
TMR: Who writes the music/lyrics in GFM? … how do you get in the mood for writing music? And which bands/situations have influenced you for writing music and lyrics ?
There are multiple people involved with the writing in GFM. All three of us write, our dad pitches in with some lyrics, and we collaborate with our music teachers. Every once in a while, we get together with some local people to collaborate as well. As for getting in the mood, a lot of it is spur of the moment ideas. We have writing sessions almost every Monday with the music aspect, but lyrics are a whole other story. Being as young as we are, we might not have had the same experiences as other band members so some lyrics are us empathizing with people we know, as well.
TMR: What are some key principles or phylosophies that you hold onto as foundational stones as who you are as a person?
As an individual, I am a follower of Christ and I live by His commandments.
TMR: Is there a highlight you will always remember, since the beginning of GFM?
I will always remember when we got contacted by Jake Jones.(formerly of We As Human, currently of As We Ascend) He wanted to work with us in the studio and that was a huge deal seeing as we were big We As Human fans and wanted to play concerts like them.
Another thing I will never forget is when we were invited to play the Axes and Anchors cruise. We got to share the stage with bands like Motionless in White, Thousand Foot Krutch, Demon Hunter, Breaking Benjamin and many others. It was the experience of a lifetime.
TMR: And the worst thing were ? (if there is one)
We haven’t really had any hard times as GFM. We are extremely grateful for the situation we are in as of now and can’t wait for what’s instore.
TMR: What is your favorite drink and food ?
Favorite drink: lemonade. I don’t know why, it just tastes really good
Favorite food: I have a huge sweet tooth, so anything sweet.
TMR: So what makes you laugh?
My sister CJ can usually make me laugh no matter what is going on. She can always find something funny and put her twist on it, so it is ten times funnier.
TMR: What is your biggest fear ?
My biggest fear would be losing my family. They mean so much to me, and I couldn’t live without them.
TMR: What is the last album that you bought?
The last album I bought was Asking Alexandria’s “The Black.”
TMR: What are some of the things you like to do away from the band?
I’m really into reading. I like science fiction, fantasy, pretty much anything that makes up an entirely different universe. I like going to other bands concerts as well. There is so much energy and it gives me a chance to see new things to try on stage.
TMR: Speaking of recording, your debut ep “Death of Giants” has been released in Dec. 2015 what can you tell us about the album [such as the recording process, the songs/lyrics, record label etc.]
Recording our EP “Death of Giants” was a very cool experience. It was the first time being in a real studio and we made a lot of memories during that time. The recording process was pretty easy. A lot of jokes were made and we still laugh about them today. We recorded one song at a time because we were still in a traditional school setting, and could only go to the studio on our holidays, so it took about a year to finish the whole thing.
Death of GiantsTMR: About the cover artwork. Do you think it is as important as your music? Does it visualize the lyrics of your songs or what’s the actual story behind its concept?
The cover artwork for our EP is important because it was a means to introduce Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh (GFM) to our listening audience. It visualizes our lyrics in the sense that we were fiercely dressed in order to fight our “giants” which is expressed in the songs on the EP.
TMR: You guys are working on a full-length album. Can you tell us something about it? When can we expect it?
Yes, we are working on a full length album. It will be titled “Identity Crisis” and will have 10 songs on it. We will be dropping its first single in September 2016, with an accompanying video to follow shortly. The album will drop in the Fall of 2016.
TMR: How do you promote your band (and shows) ?
We are on all social media outlets…..except for MySpace. (haha) You can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Periscope, YouTube etc. as @thegfmband. We’re also on iTunes and Spotify and Google Music etc. as Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
TMR: Tell us about the hardrock/metal scene in your area please?
North Florida is going through a transition, and the heavy rock/metal scene is getting stronger and stronger up and down the coast. Florida even has its own hard rock/metal support group called the Rockvillains, who support all the local hard rock/ metal bands.
TMR: How do you prepare for a show?
We always pray before a show. We do the usual vocal warm ups and guitar warm ups.
TMR: What is your favorite concert that you saw and what made it so good?
Maggie: My favorite concert was when I went to Welcome to Rockville 2016 and saw Asking Alexandria and Bring Me The Horizon. What made it a good concert was 1. I got to see two of my favorite bands live and 2. their crowd control. I’d never seen a crowd react that way, and I knew in that moment, that was how I wanted a crowd to react to my music.
CJ: My favorite concert was when we were on the Axes and Anchors Cruise and we got to watch Motionless in White. What made it so good was all the energy: both on stage and in the crowd.
LuLu: My favorite concert is the same as CJ’s: Motionless in White on the Axes and Anchors Cruise. I loved the energy everyone had.
TMR: What is the most embarrassing music on your phone or in your collection and how do you justify it to others?
Maggie: The most embarrassing song would have to be “We Don’t Have to Dance” by Andy Black. I mean come on, it’s a fun pop song….
CJ: Anything Justin Bieber. I don’t feel like I have to justify Justin Bieber. LOL
LuLu: It would have to be “Daddy” by PSY. Because I got it from my daddy… literally.
TMR: If you could pick a band to tour with, who would it be? And where would the tour go?
Well, you can’t just tour with one band so I’ll give you a lineup.
GETTING TO KNOW MAGGIE ENGLISH
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
Indie Band: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh – GFM
Networking, being wise with money, surrounding yourself with the right people, being willing to listen and take advice. It’s a great marketing tool. Social media is a perfect modern way to get yourself out to the fans and connect with them. The only challenge is that you do have to stay current with your social media, so your fans feel involved and like they are a part of your life.
Singles vs Albums…
I feel both play and important role in marketing your music. We’re such a young band that we felt like we needed to release our first single, “Darkness,” to let everyone get a feel of our style, and our first EP will only have 6 songs on it. As we grow, and our fan base grows, we’ll be able to provide them with a larger album. We feel by producing smaller projects, more frequently will give our audience a better chance of getting to know us.
can be scary at times, but with the right support team around you, it’s a fun experience.
1) It’s so fun to be on stage, playing music, spreading hope and passion to our fans.
2) You get the right contacts and meet really amazing people.
3) You make some famous friends.
4) People who tell you how much they like your song or how much it has helped them through their hardships, helps to validate why we do
5) I get to do what I love.
1) Lack of sleep
2) You have to have the right contacts to get anything done
3) The cost of doing business
My definition of success is…
being able to make a living doing what I love which is making music. We actually got to go to Nashville and record with major producers by practicing for many hours, not giving up, reaching out through social media, and having the confidence to follow through on our dreams. Now we have a body of work that can be released to the public where the positive message can be used to empower people.
My overall goal for my life and career is… to reach my fullest potential singing and playing worldwide.
Three Ways I Push Myself Forward…
1) Rehearsal 37 nights a week when we don’t have a concert. This moves me toward my goal because I’m only going to get better by practicing.
2) Research and study the bands that I admire, so I can imitate their business decisions i.e. touring placing, merchandise items, concert behavior, interview criteria.
3) Write new music, learn new music. Writing new songs, so that none of our songs will sound the same or be boring.
My sisters and I…
were required to take two years of music lessons when we were five years old. If we weren’t into it, we were allowed to quit, but our parents wanted us to be exposed to the world of music. After the two years, I found my love for music was real; it wasn’t something that was forced.
The world is such a dark state now and if you give into that darkness, it will pin you down and hold you hostage.
It was actually the first real recording studio we’d been to. We were being told to expect all kinds of stuff, and “this was gonna happen” or “this was gonna happen.” We pulled to the studio with a huge bag full of food, and so much stuff to do, and we didn’t even use or eat half of the stuff we brought.
The funniest part of the whole experience was the last day in the studio. It was super late, and we were trying to finish all the rest of the mixing before we left, so we could leave with the finished song. My dad had the idea of putting this 80s style scream in the intro. We decided LuLu (drummer) was going to do it. She went into the vocal booth and when the producer hit the tracking button, she threw out this crazy, off-key scream. She did this about 20 times and still couldn’t figure out how to do it, so my mom suggested just doing it quietly and having the producer make it louder. So she gets back in the vocal booth, and she gives out this whisper. We were laughing so hard, and with it being so late, it made it one hundred times funnier. She finally go it right though, so it makes for a good story that we tell everybody.
Our EP that is coming out March…
of this year is entitled “Death of Giants,” and is all about overcoming and defeating the “giants” or struggles that we all face in life. It is our hope that when our fans listen to our songs that they will find direction, hope, encouragement, strength to keep fighting for what’s right, and a reason to live.
Our songs are universal; they speak to the young and the old, and apply to any situation that you’re going through. Our “giants” can be be as small as taking a test, or as big as an addiction; it doesn’t really matter as each individual struggles in a different way. Our songs will always spread a positive message and be relatable and empowering to our listeners. Our EP, when released, will be on iTunes and available for purchase at all our concerts.
Our music scene is starting to amp up with hotspots on the beaches, our downtown venues, and all the festivals along the river. There’s always some place to go, and it is all genres.
One of the most fun things to do in Jacksonville is go to the beach. Whether you wanna hang out in the sun, surf, grab some food at one of the cool beach-side restaurants, or listen to a concert, it’s a great place to hang out with friends.
I’d want to hang out with Lacey Sturm…
because I feel like our style of music falls in line, and she is a person I look up to as a role model in the music industry in our genre of music. As a woman, fronting her old band, Flyleaf, she kind of shocked people. Even now, there aren’t many woman led metal bands, especially one who has a voice like hers,and can scream. That’s actually how I discovered my own screaming abilities. A lot of people compared our band to Flyleaf, so I went and listened to some of their music, and I instantly wanted to control my voice like she does.
I haven’t really paid too much attention to the trends. My band and I stay true to who we are, and write songs the way we feel sounds the best. And I think that’s because we don’t go and try to follow a certain trend pattern because people are always looking something new. If you’re not 100% sure that you’re gonna make it in the music industry, why not play what you love?
My greatest fear… would be losing my family.