With several members unavailable to reform the band, McGuinness said several good friends were asked to be part of the new Audio Adrenaline. They are Dave Ghazarian on guitar, Jared Byers on drums and Jason Walker on keyboard.
He said they wondered who could fill “Mark's shoes” as lead vocalist and decided to ask Kevin Max, formerly of the contemporary Christian pop group dcTalk, to consider joining the group. Audio Adrenaline opened for dcTalk on the latter's “Jesus Freak World Tour” back in dcTalk's heyday.
McGuinness said Max loved the idea of the Hands & Feet Project for several reasons, including the fact that he was adopted.
“He's a dear friend of ours, and he's been on some of our early records. It was a natural kind of fit,” McGuinness said. “He was an orphan himself, and so he really gravitated to helping us tell this story.”
With a new band in place, the group recorded “Kings & Queens,” its new compilation that was released March 12.
McGuinness said fans have been very responsive to the title track, the first single from the album. He said that welcoming response has shown up on the road, including the band's current 30-city tour.
McGuinness said the band performs some of the group's vintage songs while also performing newer tunes such as “Kings & Queens.”
He said they try to bring something for their longtime fans who are familiar with favorite including “Big House” and “Hands and Feet” as well as those who are just being introduced to their music.
“Fans, they have really been so gracious to us,” he said. “There's the old guard, people who came out to see us back in the day, and then there's the whole new crowd who we feel like we're really winning over.
“We just feel like every night has been a sweet, sweet moment.”