Welcome to Cloud of Hope!
God has brought together a colorful array of musicians that are gifted by Him in a vast array of musical genres. The band has performed mellow acoustic Sunday morning church worship services, played evangelistic youth rock outreaches and heavy blues for Jesus rock club events. Cloud Of Hope tries to follows Paul's admonition to be all things to all people. And they have in those areas they are equipped. Reaching people live and through their musical recordings is goal they continue to foster and as doors open they march on through to bring the Good News.
The band first began in 1992 with songs written by guitarist/vocalist Jim Warino with a focus on putting a Christian acoustic and rock band together. Jim got involved writing and recording with bands Fade From Black and Gnashing Of Teeth and after finishing CCCM School Of Ministry he picked up once again with Cloud Of Hope. Various Christian musicians were playing along the way and more songwriting was being accomplished. 2005 the very unique and intense voiced Eva Pesek joined the band. 2011 saw the addition of Calvary Morning Star church worshipper and bassist Jeff Mericle. Summer of 2012 saw the talented and expressive voiced Cynthia Bland who has worked with various Calvary Chapel worship teams and solo performances enter in. 2012 saw the addition of George Bilezikjian with years playing experience and many percussive elements to lay down the sonic groove of drums and percussion.
Throughout these exciting stages the band went to record a simple worship CD and then ideas abounded and then after 1 1/2 years both a 10 song acoustic and rock 10 song rock CD have emerged. The CD's are entitled Raising Praise Volume 1 Acoustic and Raising Praise Volume 2 Rock. Following suit the band released a double length 20 song CD (entitled Raising Praise Volume I and II) that features both the acoustic and rock songs running at nearly 80 minutes. They also released a CD entitled "Christmas Blessings" that features 12 traditional songs (on sale now at The Word For Today website calvaryd.org) and a new original song called Merry Christmas All Blessings. The band shot a video for their original song "Jesus Christ Our King" and also they have shot live and rehearsal videos that can be seen on both their God Tube and you Tube accounts. Many of their CD's, T-Shirts and other items and downloads can be purchased from I Tunes, CD Baby, Tunecore and our store on our band website at www.cloudofhope.com. But you can of course hear many of our tunes on our sites. Cloud Of Hope is also scheduled in 2014 to record an original CD and then also a blues and hymnal CD. Many ideas abounding and many ventures to go on. Cloud Of Hope's focus is to perform and record music to praise, proclaim and glorify Jesus Christ to all that will hear.
Glory to God in the highest.
Cynthia Bland: Vocals
Eva Pesek: Vocals
Jeff Mericle: Bass
George Bilezikjian: Percussion, Drums
Jim Warino: Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Band Members Bio:
Eva Pesek - Vocals
1. Name...Eva Pesek
3. Where did you grow up at?... West Covina , Walnut, Costa Mesa
4. Instrument? ...Vocals, Piano, Percussion Egg
5. Gear List?...Shure 57 Microphone, Egg, Accordion, Electric Keyboard
6. How long have you been playing?...14 years
7. What productions, bands or worship teams have you performed in?...Choir, Piano Recitals
8. Musical Influences?...Beatles, Blondie, Jars Of Clay, 3rd Day, U2
9. Favorite recordings?...How Long (Scarlet Hope), Flood (Jars Of Clay)
10. What are you currently listening to?...3rd Day, Sarah MacIntosh 11. Favorite Concerts?...3rd Day, Scarlet Hope, U2 (Joshua Tree)
12. Favorite Films?...Passion Of The Christ, Veggie Tales
13. Favorite Books (other than the Bible) ?...Living Water (Chuck Smith)
14. What do you watch on the tube?...Don't Own A Tube
15. What websites do you frequent? ...Haven't visited my computer for awhile
16. Hobbies?...Hiking, Biking, Praising the Lord
17. Occupation?...Nutritional Consultant (Microscopist)
18. Favorite quote?..."Christ in Us The Hope Of Glory"
19. What's your life verse?..."Lift up A Standard" (Isiaih)
20. Favorite place to worship?...Natales Café in Santa Ana
21. Favorite scriptures?..."Unto Him Exceeding" , "No Eye Hath" , For My Grace Is Sufficient" (II Corinthians 12:9)
22. What Do You Love To Do?...Praising The Lord In All Things
23. Email Address/ my space/ website: ...
24. What would you like to tell the world?...That Jesus is Lord God and Savior
Jim Warino - Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
1. Name...Jim Warino
3. Where did you grow up at? ... Norwalk
4. Instrument?...Guitars, vocals, bass
5. Gear List?...Sandoval Electrics, Kay (50's) Acoustic, Dean Nylon, Seagull 12 String, early amps/speakers/effects
6. How long have you been playing?...25 years
7. What productions, bands or worship teams have you performed in?...S.O.M. Worship CCCM, Fade From Black, Gnashing Of Teeth, classical recitals
8. Musical Influences?...Vince Jr., Art/Tony, Lynch, Rhoads, Villa Lobos, Iommi, Gates, Bach, Schenker, Rachmaninoff, Uli, Keaggy, Kraus
9. Favorite recordings?...Chris Tomlin, Phil Wickham, Flyleaf
10. What are you currently listening to?...early 2nd Chapter Of Acts
11. Favorite Concerts?...Fernando Ortega, Flyleaf
12. Favorite Films?...Passion Of The Christ, Jim Elliot Documentary, Cars, Kong, Secret Garden , Patton, Love Bug, It's A Wonderful Life
13. Favorite Books (other than the Bible) ?...Soulwinner (Spurgeon), Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis), Effective Prayer (E.M.Bounds), Morning And Evening (Spurgeon)
14. What do you watch on the tube?... Discovery, History, Old Classics, CNN, select Music Videos, Sports, Speed Channel (Racing), Family Network, Andy Griffith Show, pre 73 Disney movies
15. What websites do you frequent?... Craig's List, E Bay, News Sites, Bible/Creation sites, music and band sites
16. Hobbies? ...writing songs, building cars, cruising mountains and beaches
17. Occupation...Music teacher, Muscle/cruiser car resto, Musician
18. Favorite quote?..."The world has yet to see what a man totally devoted to God can do" and "Garbage in garbage out"
19. What's your life verse?...James 5:16 The Effectual Fervent Prayer of a Righteous man avails much.
20. Favorite place to worship? ...In my room
21. Favorite scriptures?... Jude 22-23, John 14:6, Luke 10:20, Psalm 150:4, Exodus 14:13, Mark 11:22
22. What do you love to do?...Spending time with my kids; Hanging out or spending time with friends; Sharing the Word in song, word or walk; Attending Pastor Chuck studies: Kicking back; Fixing/cleaning things up to par
23. Email Address/ my space/ website...
24. What would you like to tell the world?...Heaven is real, hell is real, so don't mess around and come to Christ before it is too late.
We Have Been Blessed To Have These Following Guest Musicians Past And Present...
Kelly Heflin: vocals***
Kevin Gomez: drums
Kevin Doyle-percussion, drums,
Kari Yeager- vocals,
Deborah Carter- vocals,
Randy Chambers-lead and acoustic guitars-bass-vocals,
Elizabeth Mae Pasqual-vocals,
Austin Davis; percussion,
Jay Moceri- percussion-drums,
Ken Briggs- bass,
Steve Michael- percussion-vocals,
Jim Welch- vocals,
To these and other guest musicians not listed we gratefully thank you.