Tonight, we packed the Tsongas Arena in Lowell for Chris Tomlin’s “Burning Lights” tour. It was a great night of worship! At the beginning of the night, I decided not to bring my big camera with me, because I was just going to enjoy the concert, instead of viewing it through a camera lens. For the most part, that’s what I did, but I couldn’t help but capturing a few songs on video. If he ever tours in your area, I highly recommend going!
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A while back, I heard one of my favorite Christian Rock bands were making a comeback. Audio Adrenaline, who stopped touring in 2007, due to their lead-singer and co-founder, Mark Stuart’s vocal challenges. Instead, they began focusing on their mission work in Haiti, the “Hands & Feet Project.” In 2012, they announced they would soon begin again with a new band.
The only returning member is Will McGinniss, on bass. The rest of the band is quite an ensemble of talent, though. Kevin Max (dcTalk) is taking lead vocals, Dave Ghazarian (Superchick) is on lead guitar, Jared Byers (Bleach, Relient K) takes a seat behind the drums, and Jason Walker (Know Hope Collective) is providing keyboards and additional vocals.
The biggest song is the title track, which is an emotional anthem for all, but it especially has the children of Haiti in mind. King of the Comebacks is also a fun track that seems to have a double meaning. While they are obviously singing of Jesus, they also allude to their own comeback. Mark is even featured in a small vocal portion near the end, which is a great bonus. Other standout songs include Change My Name, 20:17, and The Answer. While some may notice a theme of redemption that flows throughout the album, others may not catch a connection between all the songs. In that way, it does seem like a few steps back for the band, but this is somewhat expected, given that it is basically a brand new group. So, while it does have a feeling of a new band’s first album, I only expect them to get better and better as they begin to gel as AudioA 2.0.
I was initially apprehensive about this new group, but this album is really good. While Kevin is a great singer, he does bring a different sound than Mark. Jason also has a great voice, but he does not remind me of Tyler Burkum. I will say, though, that both Dave and Jared are amazing on the guitar and drums, respectively! In the end, it might not be the same old AudioA, but that does not mean it is bad. If you can get past the absence of Mark at lead vocals, you will realize this is a great record.
The additional advantage of this new AudioA is that they have stated up-front that much of the profits of this new effort will go to support the Hands & Feet Project, which means orphans and abandoned children in Haiti will also benefit from this album and tour. So, if you want to help children in Haiti and hear some uplifting Christian Rock, then give “Kings & Queens” a listen. At the very least, head to your favorite online music store and listen to the free samples.
For more on Audio Adrenaline, including their tour dates and where to buy their albums, check out http://www.audioa.com.
If you know me at all, you know that one of my favorite Christian bands was/is Audio Adrenaline. They were the first band I started following in Christian Rock, I own all their albums, and I have seen them in concert at least six times (I lost count). While I understood why they needed to “retire” a few years ago due to Mark’s voice, I was still bummed.
Well… Guess who is back? Yep! Since most of the original band members have moved on, they have a new group of guys who will carry the AudioA name. Will returns on bass, and Mark will still be present in the writing and management of the band, but there are new guys at lead vocals, guitar, keyboard, and drums. Who will be the new front man? Believe it or not, Kevin Max Smith (previously of dc Talk) will now take the role of lead vocalist.
While this leaves me with mixed feelings, mainly because I would have liked them to just start a new band with a new name instead of giving AudioA a totally different sound, I am VERY pleased with their first song. (Check it out below.) The best thing about it is that, how I understand it, all the proceeds will go to the Hands and Feet Project (an orphanage in Haiti). How great is that!?
You’ve heard me say this on several occasions, but my wife is awesome! This time, she got me tickets to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra this past Sunday. It was for their Christmas tour, and it was amazing! They had a great show. I took several photos and a couple videos. Even though I thought they turned out well, they don’t capture the entire atmosphere of the concert. I strongly encourage you to check out a show if you can!!
“Carol of the Bells”
“Wizards in Winter”
Earlier this summer, I read that the David Crowder Band was calling it quits after this year. While that was bad news, I also read their last tour would include the band, Gungor. At that point, I had only heard a little bit of their music, but I did like it. Today, I used my recent invitation to Spotify, and listened to their entire “Beautiful Things” album. Overall, I highly recommend that you check it out.
The song that stands out to me so far is one called, “The Earth is Yours.” It’s a fun song that captures the idea that God is over all. The chorus shouts, “Holy, holy, holy, holy Lord. The earth is Yours.” It’s one of those tunes that I can just imagine singing over and over again in worship to God.
Instead of me rambling on and on, I will close with the song, and I want to encourage you to check out the rest of “Beautiful Things.”
Each year at the Orange Conference, they perform a song for all volunteers in the church, specifically those serving in children’s and student ministries. I can honestly say they are often overlooked and not appreciated enough. I know that I personally would be up a creek without my awesome team of volunteers! To all my volunteers and the others out there serving God in sometimes tough situations, thank you!!
I was very excited when I heard that one of my favorite bands, needtobreathe, would be performing at the 2011 Orange Conference. I filmed three of their most well-known songs to share with you.
“Lay ‘Em Down”
“Washed by the Water” (started halfway through)
Celil Refik Kaya, a friend of our lead minister’s daughter performed at RCC on March 6, 2011. He played several songs, and this is one of them. He is an amazing classically trained guitar player from the country of Turkey, and there is a really good chance you will see and hear a lot more of him in the future!
If you search Celil’s name on YouTube, you can find many other video, which showcase his incredible talent.
Over the past couple years, I’ve used Interlinc’s resources quite a bit. For a time, I used their monthly YLO (Youth Leaders Only) subscription, but I also use their conGRADulations CD for out high school graduates. It’s a great collection of music and video testimonies, designed for graduates.
For example, the 2011 CD contains music and videos from Owl City, Bethany Hamilton, Tobymac, Lecrae, and Lincoln Brewster. All are quality musicians, which your students will love and relate. Interlinc will even send a sample CD to youth leaders, just to check it out. So, make sure you grab one, and get one for your graduates. They are sure to enjoy it.
Check out this awesome video from North Point’s iBand. They perform Carol of the Bells, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and Feliz Navidad using only iPads and iPhones. You’ve got to admit that it brings a smile to your face!