The 19 Lions project was inspired by Psalm 19 and a song written by Bill Guandolo called Almighty God & Savior which was ultimately shortened to be Almighty God (Psalm 19). Says Guandolo, “I really didn’t do anything other than put what was in scripture to music,” and from that song the project was born. Guandolo, singer, songwriter, guitar player for the band Dolo, began discussing the project with friends and talented musicians from multiple churches of all denominations who wanted to sing praise to the Lord. More songs were inspired and musicians joined in to help create a new sound for contemporary Christian music.
Lead singer for the project, J Nicholson, is the worship leader at New Charlotte Church and offers an incredibly gifted vocal performance on the groups first single – I Believe. World renowned bassist, Nelson Rios, moved from Los Angeles and touring with people like Lee Ritenour to be worship director at Forest Hill church in Charlotte and provided the melodic bass lines for the first tracks of the project. Worship director for Hope Church in Cary, NC, Karl Morasky joined in for keyboards and local Charlotte drummer legend Donnie Marshall plays drums.
The project was rounded out by the addition of choir director and singer Romell Dash who had performed with J and Bill over the last several years. Romell and talented singers Chontell Lucas, Regina Woodard, and Jerome Johnson, all from different churches in South Carolina, offered their talents on 2 of the first 3 tracks. Producer John Custer, COC, Cry of Love, and many other bands, was brought in for his fresh approach since he had never worked on a project in this genre. The 19 Lions journey is just beginning and hopes to be a shining light with some fresh music for believers and perhaps reach those who have not yet heard the good word.