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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. A phone call to vocalist and weekly Mission Viejo church trumpeter Rob Esten was made in 2003 and he subsequently joined the band. Late 2010 brought into the band the mellow, hip hop and jazz distinctively voiced Jessica, who has been singing since age 4. 2010 also saw the addition of Jeff Trego with 25 years teaching and playing experience to lay down the sonic groove of drums and percussion. 2011 saw the addition of Calvary Morning Star church worshipper and bassist Jeff Mericle.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" & new videos..