Common Bond ministers through music

September 23, 1998

Common BondBy KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

Luke Green, lead singer of the Christian singing trio Common Bond, is an hour younger than his brother Mark and five minutes older than his brother John.

Yes, the 24-year-old brothers are triplets - identical triplets, and they will bring their very close harmonies to the third annual Fall Sing Fest at Boonsboro's Shafer Memorial Park Saturday, Sept. 26.

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Their mother, Sharon Green, says she didn't know she was having triplets until about five hours before their birth and was "in shock" for about a week afterward. She got over her shock and now serves as the trio's business manager. The boys' first public performance was at a church talent show in Texas when they were 5 years old. They sang "I've Been Redeemed" in unison and still have their first-place trophies.


Although they now work weekly with a vocal coach in Nashville, Tenn., the Green triplets haven't had formal musical training. They joined their school show choirs in middle and high school in Florida and sang, danced and acted in high school dramatic productions of musicals which included "Les Miserables," "Phantom of the Opera," "42nd Street" and "A Chorus Line."

Although they alternate parts, Luke is lead singer, Mark considers himself a tenor and John sings baritone. The trio uses instrumental tracks in performance, but Mark plays guitar, Luke drums and John the piano offstage as a hobby.

Even though he's penned a couple of tunes, Luke Green says songwriting is a special gift not yet developed in the brothers. In choosing their music, members of the trio look first to the lyrics. The words must be strong, be able to relate to all kinds of people and present a reality for the Greens as well.

Luke Green describes Common Bond's music as "progressive, but definitely gospel." Their 1997 CD "Reflections" includes the traditional "King's Highway." Other songs, such as "All of the Above" and "What Then?" present examples of contemporary situations - an abandoned child, someone climbing the career ladder of success - and provide God as the answer.

Common Bond's biographical information talks about the brothers' "ministry" rather than their career. The family moved to Nashville, Tenn., to foster that ministry.

"There's a spirit here," Luke says.

He also says it's hard, because it's the real world complete with rejection. Common Bond is cutting back from a hectic schedule of nearly 200 dates a year and pursuing some new opportunities, including performing in a movie.

Just in case you're wondering, the Green family has all four gospels covered. Brother Matthew is two years older than Mark, Luke and John. He doesn't sing with the other Greens. Why?

Because he "can't carry a note," laughs little brother Luke Green.

But Matthew did join in on a karaoke version of Oak Ridge Boys' "Elvira" - at a fan club party in Gatlinburg, Tenn., last July.

When they're not performing or practicing, the Green triplets enjoy snow skiing and snowmobiling, tennis, golf or just driving around. They have cars - Camaros - that are identical except for color: Luke's is red, Mark's is white and John's is black.

Being triplets and working together is really not that hard, according to Luke Green.

"Our passions are the same," he says.

He can't recall a single fist fight, and says that when arguments are over, they don't even have to say anything to each other.

Luke Green counts people from ages 2 to 90 among Common Bond's fans. He describes the music as uplifting and fun.

"There's something for everybody."

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