Cedar Breaks® Band Music Building Religious and Cultural Bridges


SALT LAKE CITY, May 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cedar Breaks® Band, part of Empath Media LLC, has made friends nationwide with award-winning music and movies. The religious, family and heritage messages of Cedar Breaks® Band continue to build religious and cultural bridges around the world. This spring, the Utah the band’s films and music have been screened at festivals around Hollywoodmammoth, ProvoMuskogee, Toronto and Orlando, which brought five wins to the group. Over the past few years, Cedar Breaks® Band has won over 50 awards, including Best Country Song, Best Music Video, Best Short Film, Best Rock Song, Best Gospel Song, Best Documentary Musical, Best Historical Documentary and Best of the Year.

Cedar Breaks is known for its rich harmonies, strong messages, beautiful cinematography and fresh new sound. The band believes that the message of their songs and media has the power to help ask the right questions and that the answers can come to those who will take the time to listen. Member of a group Mike Ericksen is quoted as saying, “To see our music performed at various festivals, including Christian events, is exhilarating and humbling.” He went on to say, “The managers and bosses were helpful, enthusiastic and kind. There seems to be a lot of room for tolerance and celebrating our common values.” One of the biggest, the International Christian Film and Music Festival in May, featured many of the band’s songs, videos and a live performance. They also screened the award-winning historical documentary “Walking in Obedience, The Ole Madsen Story”, the story of the Mormon handcart journey which is an adaptation of the historical novel “Upon Destiny’s Song” (https://youtu.be/aaV61jvoem0).

The group spends a lot of time making films that contain a moral theme and showcase the beauty of their home country. These include winners such as:

“Prayer” (filmed on the shores of the Great Salt Lake – winner)

“Light” (used at the 2002 Winter Games; filmed in the Wasatch Mountains)

Two new releases, “Ayre” https://youtu.be/RQmh2_n98nU and “Willow” https://youtu.be/GtUIuuyXhM8 top of the list this spring:

“Willow” is about a love that transcends distance and time. It’s a simple lullaby about true love and longing for someone who’s been missing. Willow has won more than a dozen festival awards since its fall 2017 release, including Best Song, Best Music Video and Fan favorite.

“Ayre” is about the inner yearning to get back to nature and has also won numerous festival awards including “Best Rock Song, “Best American Song” and “Best Music Video”.

Although the basic trend of Cedar Break©’s music is labeled “New Age Folk”, the group is very diverse and loose with this designation, featuring rock, blues, bluegrass, and gospel-leaning songs. They combine strong and interesting harmonies with various instrumentation settings including classical guitar, rock guitar, violin, piano, banjo and drums.

Band members include classical guitarist Mike Ericksen; guitarist and pop singer Michael Gibbons; classical singer Rebecca Croft; pop singer Diana Rogers Glissemeyer; and banjo player Keith Behunin.

The band members’ interesting combinations of style, age, and different musical backgrounds produced a sound that has been noted as “fresh, distinctly different, and timeless.”

Cedar Breaks also works with a talented naturalist photographer, Norm Bosworthfrom the BCI video, and they have a dancer, student BYU Chanel Kostic.

Cedar Breaks© Group is part of Empath Media LLC.


Mike Ericksen
Empath Media LLC
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