Boy band with clean, Christian message

Musicians 'Touched' by acting bug

Christian boy band Plus One will definitely be acting when it starts taping an episode of “Touched by an Angel” today in Utah. This squeaky clean group will be playing recovering drug addicts for a show that will air Easter Sunday.

“This will be our first real acting gig,” 19-year-old Nate Cole said Tuesday night at a small reception held at 143 Records in Santa Monica. (Last July they sang on “Days of Our Lives.”)

Producer David Foster put the group together and is convinced that it can be a terrific influence on the Christian and, ideally, the mainstream market. Its first album, “The Promise,” was released last May and reached gold status last week.

While Plus One’s similarities to the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync are many, bandmember Nathan Walters said there are times when they have to educate their choreographer on moves that need to be toned down to be more in tune with the Christian message they are promoting.

Walters and Cole say the band polices itself when it comes to its behavior while touring: no girls are allowed in their rooms (not even their sisters) and no R-rated movies, which may lead some to ask, “What’s the point of being in a boy band?”

“Almost Famous” this is not.

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