1. Fighting the opioid epidemic in Indiana. Did you know that for more than 3 years in a row over 100 Americans have died everyday from drug overdoses as a result of a devastating opioid epidemic? In 2020 overdose rates and substance abuse sky rocketed. Two Eight launched the "Our Story Our Time" initiative in 2017 to help raise awareness, reduce the stigma of addiction, and connect families with local recovery resources and treatment. Despite Covid 19, Two Eight continued to perform for Sober Social Events around the state this year to empower Indiana recovery efforts. In addition to our live events, Two Eight launched the "Our Story Our Time" online series to share important updates from state leaders and experts in mental health and addiction as well as produce music for the recovery community.
2. Writing and recording with award winning song writer Jason Roy. Jason Roy is the lead singer of the band "Building 429". He has decades of experience writing songs that work for a radio format but also knows how to use the power of music to minister hope to a live audience in a powerful way. We are excited for this opportunity to learn and grow as artists this winter as we write and record new music with Jason.
Jason has had 4 #1 songs: (Glory Defined, Listen to the Sound, Where I Belong, We Won’t Be Shaken). 2 top 10’s : (Space In Between, No One Else Knows). His band "Building 429" earned BMI Song of the Year twice: (Glory Defined 2004; Where I Belong 2012) and Dove award: "New Artist of the Year 2005," Dove Nominations: Song of the Year, Record of the Year. Longest running #1 song in Billboard charts history at 16 weeks with “Where I Belong"
3. To re-launch Two Eight's international outreach efforts. From 2005 until 2017 Two Eight helped facilitate over 1000 community outreach events and service projects in 11 nations. From performing street concerts in Jamaica, to school assemblies in El Salvador, and leading worship for missionaries serving in persecuted parts of South East Asia, we use music to empower faith movements in parts of the world where the Gospel is desperately needed but hardest to find.
In 2017 we shut down our international work to focus on a the opioid epidemic that had affected our nation, state, and even Eric's family. In 2019 and 2020 we made it our goal to set up scalable systems and increase our staff so we could return to our first passion, cross cultural ministry.