Every King & Commoner® (EK&C) is a multi- genre musical group established in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia (est. 2016). Band members include, Cody Christian (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter, Booking), Ben Mekkes (Piano, Keys, Synths, Drums, Production Manager), and Andrew Frech (Bass, Guitar, Pads, Social Media Manager, Head of Finance).
EK&C is known for their diverse sound, creative musicality and raw/energetic performances which won them the 2018 Shakarawka Battle of the Bands. Being an effective three piece has created many opportunities for the group and has allowed them to travel and play many different stages as well as open for groups like Welshly Arms, The Sheep Dogs, Mac Powell, Matthew West and Lecrae.
Their debut single, Barabbas, was performed by Cody at the Immerse Conference 2016 in Nashville, TN, causing an eruption in crowd response, capturing the attention of industry panel judges. Cody’s vocal intertwined with the musical aptitude and creativity of Ben and Andrew make their songs come alive on stage. “This is an effective song that walks the line between Biblical and personal. Pretty haunting too. Perfect for the singer’s rough voice. I really like the organic sound of this band, and the singer is very believable and commercial.”
– Eric Copeland, President, Creative Soul Records, In Association with Word Entertainment.
Ben Mekkes: "I live breath and will die music, it is hard to imagine this world without it. Making this all I do would be the dream of all dreams." Most influential bands: Glass Animals, Cage The Elephant, Mutemath and Always Bruno Mars. Day job: Music Teacher.
Cody West Christian: “People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late. I like to eat ice cream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks.” Favorite NFL Team: NY Jets. Most influential band by far: NEEDTOBREATHE. How do I pay the bills? Shipfitter @ Huntington Ingalls Shipyard, day shift.
Andrew Frech: “I am constantly writing new musical material no matter where I am at (better hold the wheel if inspiration strikes). When I’m not in my studio, you can find me on one of the many social media accounts I operate.” Most influential band: Blink-182. What else: Currently attending college & I am a licensed Realtor® at Rose & Womble Realty.
The band just released their first full length album titled "OUTLAWS." Stream it now on all major platforms.
You can connect with Ben, Cody, and Andrew TODAY via their EK&C YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram. For booking and media requests, please contact EK&C @: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can enjoy and invite others to check out their new EP @ www.everykingandcommoner.com/the-music/.