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The Story Behind The Name “Chye”

“Well it started on an old gym floor.” The lyric from the song Cheyenne on Chye's first album Brand New Day says it all. That moment was the start of one girls amazing journey to find hope, peace and purpose in her life.

Three years ago on a brisk Nebraska fall day, Cheyenne was going about her busy day of classes. She expected it was going to be just another day of life as a high school student. Little did she know that shortly she would take a step that would start a process of transformation in her life.
Walking into the high school gym, she thought this would be just another assembly. However, as she sat and listened, God continued to tug at her. She knew that her life was not on the right track. She could see herself slowly taking steps toward destruction as Todd Becker had done years before. When Keith had the students make a decision, she had already made up her mind.
After the assembly was over, she quickly grabbed Keith's "I Know" book. As she began to read it days later, scripture came alive to her as it never had before. She saw that it wasn't about her. It was what Christ did for her. She surrendered herself to Christ that day.
Shortly afterward, Cheyenne sought out a teacher and asked about the local youth group. Within weeks she was yearning for more and more of God. She became a part of the youth leadership team, sang on the worship team, and got involved in a small group bible study. She also developed a mentorship with a youth sponsor where she could talk about her struggles and grow more in her walk with Christ.

To this day Cheyenne is living for purpose and hope. She found it in Christ. That is the heart of the Todd Becker Foundation ministry, to see God save and restore the lost. And that is the heart of "Chye." We could think of no better name for our band than a real life example of God's power and mercy.

The chorus of Cheyenne proclaims: “You are my refuge; You are the one my heart can cling to. JESUS MY HEART IS YOURS!”

That's what it's all about.

About Chye

Chye is a full-time Christian touring band with a one-of-a-kind mission: to share the love of Jesus Christ with the high school students they meet in their role as the music ministry team of the Todd Becker Foundation. Since its debut in 2006, Chye has proclaimed God's glory to more than 50,000 students throughout the central United States.

From its beginning, Chye has been focused on the hopes, fears, and choices facing the 9th-12th grade students it serves. In fact, the band took its name from one of those students — Cheyenne, a high-schooler whose life was upended by Christ at a Foundation event.

The band and the Foundation's speaking team typically travel together, jointly producing their trademark high school outreach presentations. At each school-partnership event, Chye opens an afternoon school assembly with live music, and then performs a full concert as part of an evening gospel outreach to the community.

Chye features an alternative rock/pop style reminiscent of Jars of Clay. And while the groove is fresh and inventive, it is paired with powerful scripture-based lyrics drawn from the experiences of people the band has met and ministered to on the road. “It is these stories that have helped shape Chye into the ministry team it is today,” notes Chris McClemens, lead guitarist. “We believe our music fills two key roles for God and the Foundation. First, our live event presentations begin a conversation with today's teens, letting them know that we understand their hurts and their needs. Second, our recordings can provide an always-ready spiritual boost to students as they continue their walk with God.”

The band's sophomore EP album, Scarlet, was produced and engineered at Blackwatch Studios in Norman, Oklahoma by Jarod Evans (Ben Rector, Green River Ordinance, Graham Colton, The Evangelicals).

Scarlet



Verse 1

He will wash the scarlet that covers our hearts
He will wash it white as snow
As far as the east is from the west
He'll take our stormy skies
And make them a cloudless blue



Chorus

He's not far cause he lives in me
We're not far from the love on calvary
He will save the sinner and the weak
It's his grace that will take me home
It's his grace that will take me home



Verse 2

My broken bones will now rejoice
He's created in me a heart that beats a brand new song
Though my eyes, they were blind
They now see, into the hope you have for me



©2012 Chye

Adoption Day



Verse 1

Sixteen years without a home can sure take its toll
Been alone all my life, finding family is my goal
At twelve I was runnin', at fourteen in prison
What's this life for x2



Chorus

On adoption day I was saved by The Lord
He made me part of His family
No longer a sinner but a saint perfected by His grace
And His home is where I'm free



Verse 2

I'm a child with inheritance, got a promise in my heart
My spirit is full of grace cause I've been shown mercy
My penalty has been paid in full, I finally feel complete
My treasure has been found
May your will be done x2



©2012 Chye

Meant To Be



Verse 1

Well I woke up late last night, just sat there thinking
Until my mind went numb from all I'm feelin'
I know I've got to change, I know it's comin'
Need to jump out of this hole that I've been in



Verse 2

I know that every day I need more of you
And every day's a battle to find truth
Distractions of this life, they lead me from you
In the moment it feels right, but I still lose



Chorus

Cause I know who I'm meant to be
And it's not what the world sees
I'll choose the one who lives in me, to set me free



Verse 3

Not gonna waste my life just gettin' by
That road can only give me empty lies
Walking every day with steps of faith
Truth, oh truth I've found the way



Bridge

Oh I don't, wanna go where the wind blows x4



©2012 Chye

In Glory



Verse 1

Life is so sweet, but it's fragile
Now that you're gone, and I'm leaving this old church pew
I'm reminded, that this life disappears like the morning dew
Like the morning dew x2



Chorus

Cause there'll be blue skies all around, we'll be in perfect peace
And there will finally be harmony in everything, in glory



Verse 2

Drivin' away, into this bright and sun-baked day
Cruisin' along, with a joy and hope, that we'll be together again
Someday



Bridge

In glory (We'll be dancin')
In glory (We'll be singin')
In glory (We'll be laughin')
In glory (We'll be smilin')



©2012 Chye

Follow You



Verse 1

You remind me of the good times
You brought me through the bad times
Bring me sunny days
Storm clouds came, the wind blew them all away
And your love remains the same, you save me



Chorus

And know in time that I, I will follow you
Only you
And when I can't do this, I will follow you
You alone



Verse 2

Where there is shade, you will clearly shine
You pour into this heart of mine, you help me see
I won't quit, I'll keep on hangin' on
I'll keep on singin' songs, I'll live free



Bridge

In the sunshine I will smile
And when it's gone it feels like awhile
Still I look and see you shinin' through to me
It's alright, it will be okay



©2012 Chye - Lyrics by Stephen Mittelstaedt

Brand New Day



Verse 1

It's a brand new day, and a brand new way
Feel the brisk cool air, and leave my worries behind



Chorus

And the mornin' is risin', as the sun is shinin'
And I'm drivin' away from my past, I'm never lookin' back



Verse 2

Headed out on the road, a one way ticket to freedom
Open path ahead, I'm seein' and I'm believin'



Bridge

It's a brand new day from here, It's a brand new day x8



©2010 Chye

Cheyenne



Verse 1

Well it started on an old gym floor
The Lord was stirrin' her soul in mid September
Sweet surrender is what she gave to you
With her heart and her mind set on only truth



Chorus

She said you, you are my refuge
Through whatever strains my path
You, you are the hope that I can cling to
Jesus, my heart is yours



Verse 2

She's walkin' down a crowded hallway
With a smile her face and a brand new way to live for
The glow in her eyes, oh it's contageous
Everybody's wonderin' where this new girl came from



©2010 Chye

Delta Song



Verse 1

Battered and bruised and empty hearts, is what this world has to offer
Seekin' out truth finding my way, I keep selling my soul for a dollar
Remember, remember



Chorus

Your body is a temple, your heart is made of gold
Let nothing tarnish what has been made completely whole



Verse 2

Walkin' it out, runnin' the race is a real test of faith
Fighting day in, fighting day out makes you strong my brother
Remember, remember



Bridge

Why do we expose our minds feeling as if the consequences won't find us
Aimlessly drifting away into the place we were yesterday



©2010 Chye

Rain Song



Verse 1

Rusty tin roof, sittin' on a porch watchin' the rain come down
Pit pat, life is in season, washin' my worries away



Chorus

Rain, rain
Life is a picture, show me your beauty
Rain, rain
You give spring a melody



Verse 2

Comin' comin' down all around, rhapsody's in bloom
Hear the sound hit the ground
A waterfall of jewels



Bridge

Thunder thunder and lightning, comin' down x4



©2010 Chye

Summer Melodies



Verse 1

On the beach in my flip flops starin' at the sea
Hot sand in my toes, I got nowhere to be



Chorus

Talkin' about summer, chillin' in the summer
Hangin' in the summer, bummin' on the beach



Verse 2

Back in Nebraska sippin' on ice cold soda
Frisbee in the air, got clear skies above me



Bridge

Let the sun shine down on me
Let my heart feel the beat of the sea



©2010 Chye

Soldier



Verse 1

I'm a soldier, one without a home
With these rags for clothes and bullet holes
Ain't gonna keep me down, no



Verse 2

The battle keeps on ragin' as time keeps on fading
And every battle scar, reminds me more of who you are



Chorus

Bricks and mortar, sticks and stones
They will all pass away, but not my Lord



Verse 3

Who's my enemy, and who's my friend
It comes down to one last stand
I know this path I'm on will take me back where I belong
So I'll sing this victory song



©2010 Chye

I Know (Live)



Verse 1

I know you have questions, I know you have fears
I know there's a purpose behind every fallen tear



Verse 2

I know why you're crying, why you act the way you do
I know all about you, there's nothing left to prove



Chorus

So lift your head above the crowd
And find your place on solid ground
Where you know without a doubt
What this life is all about



©2010 Chye