Where Did the Band “I Am They” Get Their Name?

I Am TheyWhen I hear a band play incredible music, but have a rather odd name, I’m on the lookout for a story. That was my reaction when I heard of the band I Am They.

Their music is is very folk-inspired and uses lots of unique instruments. It’s truly beautiful in both sound and message.


I did my research and found out the name, “I Am They,” comes from John 17. Jesus says an amazing prayer after he washes His disciples’ feet and knows He will soon be arrested.

9 “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name;[b] now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.
– John 17:9-11

Throughout the entire prayer, Jesus keeps referring to His disciples as “they.” The band wanted to echo the devotion of the disciples in their own lives and in their music, so they came up with the name, “I Am They.”

You can hear their song, “From the Day” on WAY-FM!

Would you have been able to guess where the name came from?

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