Modern Day Cure is worship band from Saginaw, Mich. founded by Aaron Chipp, Tamar Chipp, and Tifani Autry. The heart of Modern Day Cure is to exalt Jesus, share His truth, and see people changed by His power. Their name is inspired by Hebrews 13:8, which states “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” To the band, this truth makes Him the modern day cure. They believe Jesus is the answer the world needs today.
For Modern Day Cure, becoming a band meant starting with a guitarist who never played before, a drummer who hadn’t picked up sticks in years, and a lead singer whose voice was silenced by disappointment. A call from God overshadowed inexperience, rust, and discouragement. Aaron, Tamar, and Tifani, stepped out on faith, obeyed God’s voice and started their journey. A dream was enough to drive them from an unlikely beginning to the release of their first EP in 2012.
Since then, Modern Day Cure has experienced opportunities bigger than themselves. In 2013, they were winners at the Big Ticket Festival’s Indie Band Competition in Gaylord, Mich. and have since shared the stage with Newsboys, Sanctus Real, Disciple, Francesca Battistelli, Kutless, J.J. Weeks Band, All Things New, and Lecrae. In 2014, they were named winners of Smile FM’s Michigan Made Music Contest and also released their first full length album Victorious.
Their journey eventually led them to Nashville, Tenn. in the spring of 2015 to record their new EP Promises.The foursong record is produced by Tyrus Morgan and Jay Speight of Lift Music Co. in Nashville.
“God put us with the right people we needed for this project,” says Aaron, band leader and primary songwriter for the group. “It’s funny how things work out. I actually met Tyrus and Jay in a lunchroom at a church they were playing at in Michigan. I just happened to be a volunteer for the tour that day. You never know how God will connect you with the people you need, but He’s faithful. That’s been our story ever since we started. That’s why this record means so much to us, it was truly an answer to prayer.”
“We are so excited about the heart and talent that God has given Modern Day Cure,” says Morgan and Speight who also cowrote on the album. “We have no doubt that this record will encourage and impact a lot of people!”
Inspiration for Promises comes from the band’s stories of God’s providential care in their lives and Psalm 138:2 (NLT), which reads “… I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.”
“No matter where we’ve been along our journey, we’ve seen God come through time and time again,” says Tamar Chipp, lead singer for the band. “He has been faithful to His promise concerning our lives and we want to share this hope with others. We want people to know that God keeps his promises.”
The first track, Hand of God, is an uptempo electric guitar driven song that combines a catchy melody with timeless truth. In We Are the Brave,Tamar and Tifani share lead vocals and harmonize beautifully together in an anthemic proclamation of God’s strength and the believer’s identity in Him. Promises,the title track of the EP, is a personal declaration of trust in God’s love and His word. Tifani takes the reigns on lead vocals for Always Good, a congregational song sure to be useful during times of personal reflection and communal worship.
“If you would have told the three of us we’d be in a band together a few years ago, we’d say you were crazy,” says Tifani. “We weren’t even playing any instruments. But God brought us together at the right time and we have surrendered to his plan. To us, true worship is having an undying resolve to follow God’s lead and declare His goodness despite what we face. We’ve grown to understand that we must be willing to live the lyrics we sing.It’s deeper than just getting up on stage and singing a few songs. The music is secondary, having hearts that please God is our first priority.”
Married to Tamar
Loves sports-could watch ESPN all day
Watches House Hunters on HGTV
Used to play the saxophone
Favorite color: blue
Favorite movies: The Five Heartbeats, The Temptations, Coming to America
Favorite childhood song: Put Down the Ducky (Sesame Street)
Married to Aaron
Favorite color to wear: Black
Favorite Dessert: Cake Batter ice cream mixed with cookie dough and Oreo from Cold Stone Creamery
Obsessed with my IPhone
Favorite place to shop: Express
Called the “bathroom police” by husband
Started playing piano at eight years old.
Favorite Starbucks Drink: Caramel Brule
Favorite Seasons: Spring & Fall
Something she has to have a couple of times per week: Smoothies/Slurpees
Favorite thing to do with free time: Watch a good movie
Food she could eat daily: Mexican or Italian
Thing she hates to admit: Her purse is like a convenient store
Current Musical Influences: Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, Desperation Band, Hillsong, The List Goes On…
I remember the bass pounding my chest, the guitars ringing throughout the arena. The sound was new to me, but the still small voice was familiar. God was speaking. As Desperation Band ended their set, something else was beginning. Something in me awakened. I hadn’t picked up a pair of drumsticks in 6 years. Even though I had just graduated from college, I felt I hadn’t written anything of worth in years. Who was I to start a band? I had never written a song in my life. Will people take me seriously? What will my family say? Who’s going to be in this band? So many questions, this was unexpected. One thing I knew, God had spoken.
A year later the journey would start; God putting the pieces together bit by bit. First came a band name that would define our purpose and give purpose to those names in the band. We would sing, write, and play, not for perfection but for His presence. Not for recognition but for redemption. That someone, somewhere, would testify to what I found to be true; God speaks. In raucous stadiums and in the quiet of our homes, God speaks. Truth lives forever.
Despite my intentions to move on from music, music wasn’t ready to let go of me. That day as I feverishly packed my bags as a broken twenty-two year old, I figured I would take what was important and leave what hurt. The old, dusty keyboard underneath my bed was just another reminder of a broken dream. But he wouldn’t let me leave it. A strong urge from my husband-to-be, and unknowingly, band-mate, made me take it. “You’re going to need it,” he said with a stern, yet cautious voice.
I didn’t understand what he meant. I’m not sure he understood it either. I knew his heart was speaking for him. Later, I would realize it was speaking for me too.
I didn’t know at the time that the neglected keyboard I wanted to leave behind would carry me through an unforeseen role as a new worship arts minister at Faith Harvest Church that would force me to start all over again, fall in love again, with a passion for music that I thought was lost. Practice and more practice, turned into song after song that helped me regain my voice, and my place in a worship band called Modern Day Cure.
I had no idea that I was carrying a part of my destiny in my hand the day that I walked out of the music store with my first acoustic guitar. What I did know is there was something inside of me that I needed to get out, a part of me that longed to break the silence and reproduce the sound in my heart. No one could have told me that I was preparing to become a part of something eternally significant!
A meeting a little over a year later (with my now band mates) would solidify that I wasn’t the only one with a dream and a song. (The leader and heartbeat of our band) Aaron asked me to be a part of Modern Day Cure. He was freshly inspired by a sound. His personal encounter with God through music birthed a dream in his heart, and he wanted me to be a part of it. You’d think that a quick yes would’ve been in order, but not when you know that your yes means something big!
Saying yes to Modern Day Cure wasn’t simply saying yes to Aaron and Tamar, or to just being a member in a band. I was saying yes to a call and to a journey of getting out what God placed inside!