PSALLOS is a team of Christian artists - songsters and singers, ministers and musicians, thinkers and theologians. Led by composer Cody Curtis and in partnership with Union University, Psallos exists to provide the Church with intentional, artistic songs of worship that are consistent with God's word, rich in sound doctrine, and intelligible for the sake of edification. The proclamation of Scripture, particularly the gospel of Jesus Christ, is at the core of its mission.
Psallos was started in 2012 by husband-and-wife Cody and Melody Curtis, both of whom are composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists. The ministry grew out of a two-fold desire to 1) help Christians faithfully obey Scripture's call to worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24), part of which involves the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to each other and to the Lord (Eph. 5:18-19); and 2) to enrich and elevate the current stream of contemporary Christian music. The name "Psallos" comes from the aforementioned passage in Ephesians, where Paul urges the church to "[address] one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with [their] heart." The root word for "making melody" is the Greek verb psallo.
The first album Psallos released was Slave Songs, a ten-track album based on the biblical metaphor of spiritual slavery; that is, a Christian's identity as a slave of God and former slave of sin. After a brief period of touring Slave Songs, the couple realized they were much happier in the background when it came to performing, preferring to create music for others to bring to life.
Around that time, the Curtis' began working at Union University in Jackson, TN. Cody had the idea to partner with Union to create a stronger ministry team that would consist of Union students recording and performing the music. Today, Cody oversees and writes for this Psallos. Thomas Griffith and Kelsie Edgren, both former Union students, head the group as the lead vocalists.