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  • Welcome to the official home page for The Kry, one of Christian music's pioneering Rock band of the 90's but, still active & writing albums in the 00's! We are glad you landed on their freshly redesigned home & want you to enjoy all the music and other resources provided on the pages of this site! We will continue to update this site in order to provide you with more life changing, mind renewing material! We encourage you to visit the store & add The Kry's newest CD "You Shine" to your collection of Christian music! Welcome to the official home page for The Kry, one of Christian music's pioneering Rock band of the 90's but, still active & writing albums in the 00"s! We are glad you landed on their freshly redesigned home & want you to enjoy all the music and other resources provided on the pages of this site! We will continue to update this site in order to provide you with more life changing, mind renewing material! We encourage you to visit the store and add The Kry's newest CD "You Shine" to your collection of Christian music! Welcome to the official home page for The Kry, one of Christian music's pioneering Rock band of the 90's but, still active & writing albums in the 00"s! We are glad you landed on their freshly redesigned home & want you to enjoy all the music & other resources provided on the pages of this site!
Jean-Luc Lajoie
Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitars
About Jean-Luc
My name is Jean-Luc Lajoie. I was born in Quebec, Canada. I grew up in the beautiful town of Charlesbourg, a suburb of Quebec City. I am the third child of a family of five children. I have a brother (Yves- the drummer of The Kry) and 3 sisters (Louise, Marie-Claire and Isabelle). I was raised in a Catholic family and, went to church almost every Sunday although I didn't have a personal relationship with him at all nor was he a part of my daily life. I had a very good upbringing and was raised by very loving, giving and self-sacrificing parents. They always gave us the very best they had and did everything in their power to help us succeed and fulfill our dreams.

Sports was a huge part of my childhood as I played hockey and loved every minute of it until I was about 18 years old. Right along side my love and passion for hockey grew another passion, which would soon overtake that of playing hockey and my desire to pursue a career in architecture. It was during my 3rd year in College that I felt the strong desire to focus all my efforts and attention toward music. It was then in my early twenties that I began to pursue a career in music and fully invest my time and efforts into it. After 4 years of trying to achieve success and attain fame and fortune while playing in smoky bars and dark clubs, there was a huge turning point in my life; A couple years had gone by since we had left Canada to relocated in the US in order to expend our career when one day, while "glamorously" cleaning the barns at a ranch in Albuquerque New Mexico (the city where the whole band from Quebec had migrated to) I heard about God on a radio station. This appointment with God on the radio brought me to a church called Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque. In October of 1989 after visiting the church a couple of times on a Wednesday nights, fueled by my curiosity to hear more about God I went forward to received Jesus Christ in my heart as Lord and Savior.

This was the beginning of an incredible journey that would literally change my life and my destiny forever. It also took the band and me around the world (a dream that I had held dear since I was a young child) and visited more countries that I had ever dreamed possible. God's word is true when it says in Ps 37:4 "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. God does truly give us the desires of our hearts and is always about exceeding any and every expectation and goal we may have set for ourselves. In Eph 3:20 we read: "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us"

I have been serving God in music for well over 18 years now and will continue to do so as the Lord continues to lead and guide me into the future and the hope He has for me! Jeremiah 29:11 says: For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I currently live in Chino, California with my beautiful new bride Jacqueline and my son Tyler. As I write this bio, my wife is expecting a baby boy due March 8, 2010. We are very excited parents to say the least and, this is obviously now, my first ministry and the second greatest turning point of my life, second only to turning my life over to Jesus some 20 years ago now.
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Yves Lajoie
Drums, Percussion and Vocals
About Yves
I grew up in Quebec City Canada, where I only spoke French during those growing years. Because I was sort of a rebel during my Junior high and high school years, I was very disinterested in getting good grades. I had somewhat of a "musician's mentality". I think this song says it well: "Ever since I was a tiny boy, I don't want no candy, I don't need no toy, I'd take a stick and an old coffee can, I'd bang on that thang 'till I got blisters on my hand. I don't want to work. I want to bang on the drum all day. I don't want to play. I just want to bang on the drum all day." Anyway, you get the picture" I actually flunked my English class in high school thinking that I would never have a need to learn English since we pretty much spoke only French. Little did I know that it would have served me well to listen and do my best once we moved to the US when I was 24 years old.

My mom has told me that before I could even walk, I was already banging away on whatever I could put my hands on. She would sit me in a corner of a wall so that I wouldn't fall back, put pots and pans in front of me, give me a couple of spoons and there I would make loud and noisy melodies that would chase away most people but not a mother who would be willing to stand anything as long as her boy was happy and not fussy! My parents bought my first "real" drum kit when I was about five years old. It was a Mickey Mouse drum set that they ordered from the Sears catalog. I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, this particular drum kit only lasted a couple months, but it was on that very drum kit that my brother and I gave our first live performance. The concert took place in the basement of our home. This memorable concert included one song, a French version of California dreaming, with the following band members: Myself on the drums, Jean-Luc on guitars and our oldest sister Louise singing lead vocal. The crowd (one of our uncles and our mom) loved it and saw the potential in what could be a career someday!

Our next significant concert was when I was 15 years old. We did an all Beatles songs concert. It was a "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" concert. We were able to convince about 300 of our friends and schoolmates that the $3 dollar ticket would give them an experience that they would never forget. Believe me, it would have been hard to forget for you as well if you would have been there. Just imagine 4 French Canadian youths who cannot speak English singing Beatles songs. Since we didn't speak English, we did our best to listen to the albums over and over and imitate the sound that was coming out of their mouths in an effort to convince the exuberant crowd that we actually knew what we were singing about.

Fast-forward a few years and you end up in the glamour rock days; the infamous 80's. It was a time where it was irrelevant if you knew how to play an instrument well, but the main thing that mattered had to do with the "hairdo" that sits on top of your head. In our quest to put together a rock band, we were not so much interested in hearing how they could play, but were more concerned with how they looked. Well, in case you think I'm lying, you can see here for yourself. Through it all, even the glamour rock days provided an opportunity for us to grow as musicians and for that (and probably only for that!!) we are grateful!

Once we founded our own rock "dream team" we started writing our own music and found a name that would stick to us like glue once we moved to the US. Our band name was "One Way". The thing we really came to despise about that particular name was that in our bar days in Albuquerque New Mexico people kept asking us if we were a Christian band. A Christian band "Are you kidding me" No way. We started thinking about changing our name since being thought of as a Christian band would certainly ruin our reputation so we thought. It was during those bar days in 1989 that my brother was invited to a church in town where he gave his heart to the Lord. By that time I was drinking heavily and was using drugs, and our "Quebec dream team band" was going from bad to worse. I was also shocked when my brother told us that there were some songs that he would not sing that night. One of the song was by Van Halen called "Running with the Devil". He now felt somewhat uncomfortable singing those words. At first I thought it was a weird request and even flat out ridiculous, but would understand later once my own life would change. Eventually, the band fell apart completely and the other two band members returned to their native land of Quebec. I stuck around not knowing what to do or where to go but continued to be heavily involved in the party scene. It was during that time that I saw my brother's life change drastically for the best. I don't think I realized it then but to see his life changing so quickly started to affect me. He started to act in strange ways. He wouldn't drink anymore, party, cuss or sing great "rock & roll hall of fame" type songs, he constantly read this book called the Bible, he prayed, hung out with other people who were acting just like him. What was wrong with him" Growing up, we had never been exposed to anything Christian, even though as young children we grew up going to church most every Sunday. It was a church an extremely legalistic church at best, where the gospel was never presented.

In July of 1990, my drinking buddy and I decided to relocate to Houston, Texas where his parents lived. I didn't really care where I was going since at this time I was desperate for a change in any way. I was broke, financially and mentally; my health was declining rapidly from a drug and alcohol usage. (I was a mere 125 pounds on a 5'11 frame). I was hopeless and a wreck. I started watching Christian TV late after everyone would go to bed. One night, a pastor invited those watching to pray a prayer to receive Jesus. Sitting on the living room couch at about 1am, I did just that. I prayed a prayer to receive Christ. Do I need to say that my life changed in a drastic way right away" I could hardly believe how my dark desires and my addictions were taken away. I called my brother and asked him to come and pick me up to move back to Albuquerque where we started growing at a church that would later become the starting point for our band The Kry.

Looking back, I am amazed at how God orchestrated every stage in my life and in his grace, allowed me to be found by him. I was so lost but now I'm found, absolutely blind but now I see. It has been an incredible journey from Quebec to Albuquerque, Houston, San Diego, Oceanside, Chino Hills, as a pilgrim upon the earth. I have been going through many joys and pains along with ups and downs, but through it all, God remains faithful and promises to lead me home safely.

"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy" Jude 1:24
The Kry