People of the Earth (POTE) is based out of Somerset, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee. People of the Earth is comprised of Dustin Fenison (Vocals / Guitar), Jorge Lopez Jr. (Drums), Steve Hampton (Guitar), and Josh Lopez (Keys, Vocals).
Dustin is POTE’s frontman and founder. He serves as one of the pastors in his church in Kentucky. Fenison comments that serving at their home church has greatly influenced how they approach songwriting.
“We have witnessed God do miraculous things as He is awakening a community of believers to His power,” says Dustin Fenison (Vocals / Guitar). “ Walking through this season of claiming Jesus’ ‘victory’ has been the framework for this EP.” Fenison continues, “We use this phrase “In All Things, Jesus” at our home church to be a summation of this idea that the gospel changes everything about us and how we engage with everyone around us. Jorge, Steve, Josh and I serve each week at our church and through that we are learning just how to live in this reality. We are desperate for God’s grace and love daily.”
Each member is a ‘pastor’s kid”. POTE’s passion for worship stems from playing, writing, and performing in the church through music. They claim their influences are 80’s pop, but do admit to a bit of a Kentucky influence as well. They are additionally an independent bad without cable support, yet they have been blessed with considerable success despite this.
In 2014, POTE released a full-length, self-titled CD called, “We Are People Of The Earth”. In 2017-2018, they released “In All Things”, 6 singles, and a new Christmas song, “Come to Jesus- Reconciliation Hymn”. They have seen 7 million streams and features from Spotify Worship Now, A-List Christian Praise and Worship, and Apple Music.
What’s New For POTE?
Their latest album entitled, “Victory”, was written and produced by the band, and distributed by Capitol CMG. It’s their desire to see the songs uplift and inspire people.
“This entire album speaks to the victory that was won for us by Jesus through his death, burial, and resurrection,” says Fenison. “The songs are dripping with the hope of a people who live knowing the war has been won and the enemy defeated and who anxiously await the return of our King to set everything right.”
Jessie Perez interviewed Dustin for our March issue wherein he shared about the past and future of POTE, their success (how they got there), and their heart for music.
Information on POTE can be found here. Jessie’s interview with Dustin will appear in our March issue coming out on February 26th.