10 Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North
Mike Donehey performing live
Mike Donehey performing live
Background information
OriginWest Palm Beach, Florida
Years active2000–present
Past members
  • Bryan Homan
  • Andrew Middleton
  • Daniel Zayas
  • Scott Sanders
  • Donnie Richards
  • Jason Jamison
  • Brendon Shirley

Tenth Avenue North is an American contemporary Christian music (CCM) band from West Palm Beach, Florida that takes its name from an east-west road in Palm Beach County. The group was formed while members attended Palm Beach Atlantic University. It features Mike Donehey on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jeff Owen on electric guitar and backup vocals, and Ruben Juarez III on bass guitar and backup vocals.[1] The band has released eight studio albums.[2] On February 26, 2020, they announced a farewell tour with the intention of disbanding thereafter.[3]


Tenth Avenue North released three independent albums and an EP before its major label debut. Its debut album, Over and Underneath, was released on May 20, 2008, on Reunion Records, and the band began a tour in promotion of the album near that time.[1] The song "Love Is Here" hit the Top 20 on the U.S. Contemporary Christian Music chart, and reached No. 3 by June 21, 2008.[4] It spent 13 weeks on Billboard's Christian Songs chart, peaking at No. 3.[5] and ended 2008 as the 12th most-played song on Christian Hit Radio according to R&R magazine's Christian CHR chart for the year.[6]

The band's next single, "By Your Side", was released in late August 2008 and eventually reached No. 1 on Christian CHR radio in 2009; according to R&R's chart, it had been in that position for three weeks by February 13, 2009.[7] It spent 48 weeks on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, peaking at No. 2.[8] It also won the GMA Dove Award for Song of the Year at the 41st award ceremony in April 2010.[9] "Hold My Heart" was released as a single in 2009 and spent 44 weeks on the Christian Songs chart, peaking at No. 4.[10]

"Healing Begins" the first single from their next album, was released on March 2, 2010, and spent 29 weeks on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. The Light Meets The Dark, the complete album, came out on May 11, 2010. The band performed at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach on May 14, 2010 to promote the new album.[11]

The band won the "New Artist of the Year" award at the 40th GMA Dove Awards in April 2009.[12]

On March 1, 2011, the band released Tenth Avenue North Live: Inside and In Between – The Shows, The Songs, The Story, a live album featuring video footage of concerts, video journals about the message behind the music, and live recordings of six of the band's biggest hits.[13]

On August 21, 2012, the band released its third album, The Struggle with "Losing" as the lead single. The album debuted at No 1 on Billboard's Christian and Rock album charts.[14]

On December 14, 2012, the band released an iTunes session, which includes a cover of Ben E. King's song, "Stand by Me" and some of the band's singles.[15]

In July 2014, the band released the Islands EP.[16]

On November 10, 2014, the band released their fourth studio album, Cathedrals. The album debuted at No. 1 Billboard Christian Music chart and No. 32 on the Billboard 200 chart.[17]

On May 13, 2016, they released "What You Want", the lead single from their fifth studio album, Followers.[18] The new album was released on October 14, 2016.[19] It was followed by the singles "Control (Somehow You Want Me)" and "Fighting for You", the latter of which was released on November 9.

In May 2018, drummer (and founding member) Jason Jamison left the band to pursue a full-time career with the band's partner charity, Compassion International.[20] On December 29, 2018, Brendon Shirley, the band's keyboardist since 2010, left the band to pursue other musical ventures with his wife.[21]

In 2018, the band launched their own record imprint, ReMade Records. The first band signed to the Sony imprint was Land of Color.[22]

The band's EP, The Things We've Been Afraid to Say, was released on October 19, 2018.[23] Lead singer Mike Donehey said it was the band's first collection of songs of lament covering topics of "casual sex, pornography, political outrage, hatred, shame, secrets, fear and sexual abuse".[24] The EP was released through ReMade Records.[25]

On August 2, 2019, the band released their sixth full length album, No Shame. The band released singles, "Greater Than All My Regrets", "No Shame" and "Paranoia" in the months leading up to the album's release.[26]

On February 26, 2020, the band announced the "Finally Living Tour" before disbanding after twenty years.[27]


Tenth Avenue North sponsors children through Compassion International and encourages other people to do likewise,[28] and are also partners with the organization.[29]



Touring musicians




Guest appearances[]

Title Year Other performers Album
"Higher" 2012 Lecrae Gravity (iTunes ion)

Mike Donehey is featured on the track "Out of My Hands" on Jars of Clay's The Shelter, released in 2010. He also contributed to the track "Through the Fire" on Hawk Nelson's 2013 album Made.[34]

Awards and nominations[]

GMA Dove Awards

Year Award Result
2009 New Artist of the Year Won
2010 Song of the Year ("By Your Side") Won
Group of the Year Nominated
2011 Song of the Year ("Hold My Heart") Nominated
Group of the Year Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (The Light Meets the Dark) Nominated
2012 Short Form Music Video of the Year ("You Are More") Won
2018 Song of the Year ("Control") Nominated


  1. ^ a b Tenth Avenue North's Debut Single Love Is Here Breaks... Archived March 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine; CCM magazine; March 13, 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2008
  2. ^ "Tenth Avenue North, "The Struggle" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. August 21, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/7932537452/posts/10158030572957453/
  4. ^ Contemporary Christian Music Chart for R&R magazine as reported at the Weekend 22; June 21, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2008
  5. ^ "Love Is Here Billboard
  6. ^ 2008 Year End Charts/Top Christian CHR songs Archived May 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, R&R magazine. Retrieved January 15, 2009
  7. ^ "Christian CHR National Airplay". R&R. February 13, 2009. Archived from the original on January 10, 2006. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  8. ^ "By Your Side - Tenth Avenue North". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
  9. ^ Black, Nathan (April 22, 2010). "Casting Crowns, Jason Ingram Big Winners at 41st Dove Awards". The Christian Post. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
  10. ^ Hold My Heart - Tenth Avenue North Billboard
  11. ^ "Vol 7, Part 2: New Song 'Healing Begins' Available!". March 2, 2010. Archived from the original on March 7, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  12. ^ "2009 Winners". Doveawards.com. Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  13. ^ "Live: Inside And In Between - CD/DVD". Indie Vision Music. October 27, 2009. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  14. ^ "Christian act connects with faithful fans on latest album". Billboard. September 17, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  15. ^ "Tenth Avenue North - iTunes Sessions". October 27, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  16. ^ Yap, Timothy. "Tenth Avenue North Surprises Fans with "Islands" EP, Hear Samples Here". Hallels. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  17. ^ "Tenth Avenue North Debuts At #1 on Billboard and iTunes Christian Charts". November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  18. ^ "Brand New Music! It's What You Want!". May 13, 2016. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  19. ^ "New Album By Tenth Avenue North, 'Followers,' To Drop In October". BREATHEcast. July 15, 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Tenth Avenue North Drummer Jason Jamison Announces Departure from Band". www.newreleasetoday.com. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Tenth Avenue North on Instagram: "Hard to put into words what @brendonshirley has meant to our band. It's been nine glorious years since he joined us, and to see him go is a…"". Instagram. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  22. ^ "Tenth Avenue North Launches New Label Imprint". MusicRow - Nashville's Music Industry Publication - News, Songs From Music City. June 21, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  23. ^ "The Things We've Been Afraid to Say - EP by Tenth Avenue North". Genius. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  24. ^ PSG, 360. "Tenth Avenue North releases 'The Things We've Been Afraid To Say'". wnypapers.com. Retrieved October 20, 2018.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  25. ^ Conner, Matt (October 23, 2018). "Tenth Avenue North 'The Things We've Been Afraid To Say' Album Review". CCM Magazine. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  26. ^ "Tenth Avenue North Explores Faith, Shame and Regret on New Album 'No Shame'". Billboard. August 2, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  27. ^ "Tenth Avenue North - Farewell". Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  28. ^ "Tenth Avenue North Partners with Compassion International". One Cubed. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  29. ^ "About Us". Compassion. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  30. ^ "Bands's about page". Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  31. ^ "Tenth Avenue North's Biography — Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and photos at Last.fm". last.fm. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  32. ^ "Press Release — Tenth Avenue North". Tenthavenuenorth.com. Archived from the original on September 17, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  33. ^ "Decade the Halls - Tenth Avenue North | Songs, Reviews, Crs". AllMusic.
  34. ^ "Album Review : Hawk Nelson - Made". Indie Vision Music. March 27, 2013.

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