5 and 2 is a husband and wife band that expanded into a family band.
Having a long German last name like Kachelmyer, we knew we'd have to come up with a simpler group name. We chose our name, 5 and 2, based on an event recorded in the Bible. In the book of Mark, chapter 6, Jesus is handed five loaves of bread and two fish. He then performs a miracle and multiplies the food with enough to feed five thousand. This is our vision as a band: to take the songs we write, entrust them to God's hands, and ask Him to bless and reach many through them.
Starting in 2000, we recorded our first album “Surprise Me,” with Daniel on guitar and Laura on vocals, while our two daughters twirled and toddled in the studio. Since then, writing and sharing music has happened in the midst of juggling work, raising a family, and homeschooling our kids. Now, 16 years and two albums later, our daughters join us for the first time on our latest project, “Daylight Dawning.”
From our earliest days, the songwriting process has been like two puzzle pieces supplying what the other lacked. Daniel provides the musical compositions while Laura is the lyricist.
The first song we wrote and recorded together was for our wedding in 1996. The lyrics in the chorus say:
Oh the Lord, He’s the firm ground beneath us,
And we’ve got His promise that He’s never going to leave us.
Everything we need to know He will teach us
In this lifetime of learning...
This winding, finding journey
The songs we’ve written since then have captured the ups, the downs, the joys, and the wonder we’ve experienced on this journey. They are songs of hope from God in the midst of hard times, and songs of awe at the beauty of life. We share these songs with you in the hopes that they will encourage you on your journey.
Some of the many musicians who have inspired us are 2ndChapter of Acts, Iona, Charlie Peacock, Out of the Grey, John Elefante, and Phil Keaggy.
We’ve been blessed to work with some great producers and musicians over the years. Credits for each album are below.
All songs written by Daniel and Laura Kachelmyer. Copyright 2000.
Acoustic guitars: Daniel
Vocals and background vocals: Laura
Bass guitar: Johnny Nelson
Drums: Mike Walker
Percussion: Will Hunt
Keyboards: Dan Galbraith
Strings: Players from the Oklahoma City Philharmonic
All string arrangements by Dan Galbraith
Recorded by Chris Freels and Kevin Lively at West 2nd,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mixed by Kevin Lively
Mastered by Chris Freels
Artwork by Kelly Koenig
Graphic design by Jermaine Onarecker
All music written by Daniel and Laura Kachelmyer. Copyright 2006.
Daniel: acoustic guitars
Laura: vocals and background vocals
Bass guitar: Pat Malone
Drums: Dustin Ragland
Keyboards: LG Hamilton
Piano: Dennis Borycki
Strings: Kyle Dillingham
Additional acoustic guitars: Kendall Combes (tracks #2 and #5)
Sax: Gary Riley
Recorded at The Music Group, Edmond, Oklahoma
Produced by Chris Freels
Mixed by Chris Freels and Kevin Lively
Mastered by Chris Freels
Graphic design and layout by Jesse Owen
All songs written by Daniel and Laura Kachelmyer. Copyright 2008.
Guitars: Daniel Kachelmyer
Vocals: Laura Kachelmyer
Mixed at The Music Group, Edmond, Oklahoma by Kevin Lively
Graphic design and layout by Rick Sosnoski
All music written by Daniel and Laura Kachelmyer. Copyright 2014.
Lyrics by Laura Kachelmyer
Acoustic guitar and ukulele: Daniel Kachelmyer
Lead vocals: Laura Kachelmyer
Background vocals: Laura, Eliya, and Hannah Kachelmyer
Drums: Tony Creasman
Bass guitar: Trevor Reddick
Electric guitar: David Clifton
Keyboards and VSTs: Jamie Graves
Fiddle and mandolin: David Johnson
Pennywhistle: Hannah Kachelmyer
Extra guitar and keyboards: Ben McAmis
Producer/Sound engineer/ and all around “Amazing Idea Man”: Ben McAmis
Recorded and mastered by Ben McAmis at Riversound Production Recording Studio Maryville, Tennessee
Art Direction and Design by Jesse Owen (www.10am.org)
Thank you Tony, Trevor, David (Clifton), Jamie, and David (Johnson) for contributing your amazing talent to these songs and making them shine. Thank you, Doug Hodges, for providing such a fabulous studio.
Website design by Eliya and Hannah Kachelmyer
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