Charting success

On the rise

It was “a dream come true,” Craig Banister (far left) says. He’s a member of the Christian rock band Lasting Hope, whose single “Something New” peaked at number five and spent 19 weeks in the top 30 on the Billboard Christian rock charts. A junior communication major and the band’s guitarist and vocalist, Craig says the band formed in 2010 and released their first album, Closer Than Before, in 2011. They recently released an EP, titled Sunsets and Second Chances. “My favorite part of being in the Lasting Hope is traveling around with my best friends and spreading the gospel,” says Craig. “I like that we write about real-life struggles and relate them to the Bible. We hope that people who listen to our music can feel a genuine connection to the song and grow closer to Christ.”