JBU students gather in the Cathedral of the Ozarks for chapel services several times a week. During those services, chapel bands lead the JBU body in musical worship from a stage at the top of six red steps. The Red Steps is a band committed to taking the musical worship of JBU downThe Red Steps those red steps and out to people, coffee shops, schools and churches around the country. This band communicates the mission and ministry of JBU through testimony, music and informal conversation, and, in doing so, recruits more students to find their place in the JBU story.

The Red Steps is a band of four to six students chosen through highly competitive auditions. The band is led by faculty member, Jen Edwards, and travels through the academic school year.

Listen to the Red Steps

The Red Steps recorded an album in 2011 which is available on iTunes. Listen to a sample of their songs here:


Meet the Band

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Jared DeFriese: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Hey! My name is Jared DeFriese, and I am a Worship Arts major (with a minor in graphic design) from Edmond, Okla. I play acoustic and electric guitar and I sing, too. I enjoy songwriting, design work and being outside. I’m also known in the music world as Arbour and you can check out my music on Noisetrade, SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter!

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Allison Harper: Vocals
Hello! My name is Allison Harper and I am a senior here at JBU! I am from Edmond, Okla., and have been part of Red Steps for 2 1/2 years. I am an artist, a musician and have a deep love for traveling. I love coffee, I love to laugh and am absolutely terrified of birds.

I am so thankful for this band and the opportunity to lead beside incredibility talented musicians. JBU has been a place where I have grown as a musician and grown as a believer in Christ. I am beyond blessed to call JBU my home.

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Seth Kaye: Keys and Vocals
Hey! My name is Seth Kaye, and I call the flatlands of Andover, Kan., my home.

Studying at John Brown has been an incredible opportunity for adventure. Last Fall I was able to live and study abroad in Seville, Spain as a part of the Spanish program. The memories that I have of traveling and exploring Europe are unforgettable.

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Alex Davis: Sound Engineer
I am a Senior from Olathe, Kan., finishing up a degree in Worship Arts. I enjoy spending time working as a recording engineer and a chapel leader at JBU. I will be competing in The Next Big Thing this coming spring and am currently working on an EP. 

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Greg Murray: Electric Guitar
Born near the waters of Beaver Lake in Arkansas, Greg grew legs and found himself at JBU. He has a heart for God and people, and desires to use his gifts to bring people to God. He plays guitar, piano, synth, vocals and programs loops. He strives to integrate Romans 12 into his life and his leadership.

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Luke Hogan: Drums
I’m Luke Hogan, from Conway, Ark. I’ve been told I’m one of the only engineering majors who are also involved with music, and you’ll usually find me studying calculus if I’m not playing music. I play drums in Red Steps, and I’m so excited to be a part of an awesome group of people. I love to get into a good tv show, hang out with friends and I enjoy a well-brewed cup of coffee. I love music and hope to come to know God better through music.

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Chris Hembree: Bass Guitar
I'm native Texan, but have lived most of my life in Arkansas. In addition to Slappin' Da Bass, I enjoy business development and traveling. I'll graduate in May with a degree in international business with a minor in accounting.