Introducing I Am They

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Lifest – Oshkosh, WI

Newcomers to the Christian music scene I Am They are off to a great start in their career! They released their self-titled debut album towards the end of this past January, and have been going strong ever since. They joined the Rock and Worship Roadshow this past winter/spring, alongside MercyMe, Jamie Grace, Group 1 Crew, and other big-name artists in the faith-based music biz, in addition to joining Matt Maher for the Saints and Sinners tour. Recently, they were nominated for the Dove Awards New Artist of the Year award!

I Am They originally formed as a worship ministry in 2008, called Solomon’s Porch. In 2011, the band took on the name I Am They, the name they’ve become known by professionally. The band has felt blessed to do what they’ve been doing, pursuing God’s call for them, which has been quite a journey!

When asked to describe the band’s style of music, Adam Palmer called it folk-pop. “We’re very much an acoustic band,” he continues – with few, if any, electric guitars, or anything like that, on their album. He said their sound is very organic, because that’s what they both started with and write on. “We just kind of stick to what we know,” he explains.

I Am They’s debut album contains 10 songs that band member Adam Palmer says are very precious to them – very much from their stories and their hearts. “It’s been neat to see how the church and how the listeners have been able to just kind of own those (the songs) as prayers with a melody,” he continues. “It’s been amazing to see how these songs are touching people’s lives.” Band member Matt Hein said that some ladies he worked with for 10 years who don’t know Jesus or listen to Christian music actually picked up a cd, and haven’t taken it out of their cd player since! “They’re hearing the gospel for the first time,” Matt says, “and for us, that’s what it’s all about, so that’s been very, very much a blessing for us, as well.”

I Am They has come out with music videos for two of their songs – “From the Day,” and “Your Love Is Mine.”  The video for “From the Day,” the band’s first single, was filmed out in a field that’s right out in their back yard, in Nevada. “You can tell we’re in Nevada, because our faces are all wind-blown . . .” Matt Hein comments. The video for “Your Love Is Mine” was actually filmed amidst the trees in the forest!

If you like music with a folksy/slightly country kind of feel, make sure you check out I Am They’s debut album. They have had a great beginning to their career, and a bright future ahead of them!

Over the summer, I got to chat with a few of the band members. See what they have to say about the band’s journey so far, and their hopes and plans for the future!

Catching Up with Kutless – the Music

Catching Up with Kutless - the Music
Lifest – Oshkosh, WI

Christian band Kutless has been in the music industry for a number of years now, having released their first album in the early 2000s. Over the years, the band has demonstrated both the hardcore and more laid back sides of contemporary Christian music. Kutless has fluctuated between a heavier rock sound and more of a worshipful style, with the band’s latest album, Glory, falling on the more worshipful side, and focusing primarily on glorifying our Heavenly Father.

While writing Glory, which guitarist James Mead describes as “vertical, exaltation-based praise music,” the band was studying the book of Revelation. “What we were really struck by,” he states, “is that in the Bible, in the scenes of worship you see in heaven all throughout Scripture, it is very much focused on Christ, and it is not very self-centered.” Mead mentions how in Revelation 4-5, it talks about the nations being gathered before the throne, and when Jesus steps into the throne room, it becomes an unanimous praise party. “We felt like ‘Man, that is exactly what we would hope for our concerts to be like,’” he continues. The band even jokingly started referring to it as “heaven practice!”

The song “In Jesus’ Name,” which is featured on Glory, reminds us that it is in Christ that we are saved and healed, and points listeners to Him. Lead singer Jon Micah Sumerall says that in Portland, Oregon, where the members of Kutless live, the name of God can be pretty generic, and used for a lot of different things. When you say Jesus, however, it becomes very specific. “The song really focuses in on the fact that there’s power in the name of Jesus,” Jon Micah Sumerall states.

All Kutless fans will be excited to know that a new album is in the works! The band will be working with the producer who did their first several albums. They’ve been writing new music. “We’re kind of turning back to the heavy days, which is gonna be super fun,” guitarist James Mead informs. “We just wanted to come out, and just do something crazy again, so we’re gonna rock your faces off!” The band will be touring this fall with Mark Shultz, Rush of Fools, David Dunn, and Natasha Owens, playing in about 30 different cities!

What is your favorite song and/or album by Kutless? Will you be attending one of the shows on their tour this fall?

Summer Fun!

Summer Fun!

Check out the links below, and discover tons of awesome ways to enjoy this summer!

Summer To-Do List
Check out this list of activities for when you’re looking for something fun to do this summer!
http://calledandcreated.com/2014/06/summer-to-do-list/

Summer Movie List
Take a look at this list of fun, family-friendly movies to watch over the summer!
http://calledandcreated.com/2014/06/summer-movie-list/

Summer Playlist
Looking for some great music to listen to this summer? Check out these suggestions!
http://calledandcreated.com/2014/06/summer-playlist/

5 Things To Do During Your Summer Staycation
Need a vacation, but don’t want to spend the time or money to go out of town? Clear your schedule for a week, and have your own “staycation” at home! Here are 5 ways to relax during it!
http://calledandcreated.com/2014/07/5-things-to-do-during-your-summer-staycation/

Summer Photography Challenge
If you enjoy photography, be sure to take Called and Created’s summer photography challenge!
http://calledandcreated.com/2014/07/summer-photography-challenge/

Interview with Sixteen Cities at Generation Arise

Interview with Sixteen Cities at Generation Arise

Got to interview the Christian band Sixteen Cities. Sixteen Cities is all about praising God with their music, and leading others in worshiping Him! Head over to Generation Arise to check out the the three-part interview!

Part 1 – 

Learn about the band – how they got started, the meaning behind their name, and how they have seen God use their music to impact others!

http://generationarise.com/songs-of-worship-with-sixteen-cities-part-1

Part 2 –

Hear all about worship straight from a worship band!

http://generationarise.com/songs-of-worship-with-sixteen-cities-part-2

Part 3 –

For more info on Sixteen Cities’ latest, album, check out Part 3 of Songs of Worship with Sixteen Cities!

http://generationarise.com/songs-of-worship-with-sixteen-cities-part-3

Do you listen to Sixteen Cities’ music? Which is your favorite of their songs?

The Horvats Sharing Hope With Croatia

horvatsThis November, give thanks for the greatest gift of – Jesus! We have the privilege of knowing about what He did for us – that He died for our sins, so that we could have a relationship with god. Not everyone knows this good news. God wants all of us to share it with others, but He calls some people to be missionaries, and devote their entire lives to sharing the gospel with those who haven’t heard it.

Have you ever wondered what it is like for these missionaries? Click on this link, and check out this post about Aaron and Winnie Horvat, missionaries to Croatia – http://generationarise.com/the-horvats-sharing-hope-with-croatia/!

Aaron and Winnie have a young son named Kiki. They minister to young people in Croatia. They incorporate music and drama into their ministry as a fun and relevant way to share the gospel with the teens.

Check out this video of a missions trip they took the teens on!

Hear From Sam Hannock, Lead Singer Of Luminate!

sam luminateI got to interview Sam Hancock, lead singer of Luminate, for my website for teens and young adults, generationarise.com. He shared a little bit about the band, what he enjoys about being a part of it, and why they do what they do, as well as what it was like to have their song “Welcome To Daylight” featured in the movie Grace Unplugged!

 

About The Band

How did Luminate get started? What’s the meaning behind the name? Is the band working on any new projects? Find out all this and more in Lighting Up The Darkness With Luminate – About The Band!

http://generationarise.com/lighting-up-the-darkness-with-luminate-about-the-band

Music and More

What song seems to connect with fans the most? How has the band seen God use their music to impact the lives of others? Get a sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes of Luminate’s music!

http://generationarise.com/lighting-up-the-darkness-with-luminate-music-and-more

“Welcome To Daylight” In Grace Unplugged

What’s the story behind “Welcome To Daylight? What’s it like to have one of your songs in a movie? Hear all about it in Lighting Up The Darkness With Luminate – “Welcome To Daylight” In Grace Unplugged!

http://generationarise.com/lighting-up-the-darkness-with-luminate-welcome-to-daylight-in-grace-unplugged

Have you listened to Luminate’s music? What is your favorite song of theirs?

A Look At Generation Arise

generation arise headerLast week, I announced the launch of Generation Arise – my new website for teens and young adults. Here’s just a sample of the site’s content!

There Arose A Generation . . .
If someone were to describe this generation, what do you think they would say? Check out this post to find out more about the purpose of Generation Arise!
http://generationarise.com/there-arose-a-generation/

So Many Questions! – What If Someone Challenges My Faith?
What if someone challenges my faith? How do I hold on to what I believe, and stand up for the truth in the face of adversity?
http://generationarise.com/there-arose-a-generation/

Hear From Lindsey Of 1 Girl Nation!
1 Girl Nation is a Dove Award nominated, all-girl Christian pop group. I got to chat with group member Lindsey about her perspective on 1 Girl Nation, the heart behind what they do, and what being a part of the group has meant to her. Click on this link to see what she had to say!
http://generationarise.com/there-arose-a-generation/

For The Girls – 5 Looks For The School Year
This post is for the girls! Do you love fashion? Check out these 5 looks for the school year!
http://generationarise.com/for-the-girls-5-looks-for-the-school-year/

Be sure to check out http://generationarise.com/ today, and connect via Twitter and Facebook! You can also check out Generation Arise on YouTube and Tumblr!

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New Website For Teens and Young Adults – Generation Arise!

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I recently launched a new website for teens and young adults!

The name of the website is Generation Arise (http://generationarise.com/). Generation Arise shares movies and music that will encourage young people in their faith, tackles real life questions, and most of all, shares the truth of God’s Word in a way that this generation can grasp!

The purpose of Generation Arise

The purpose of Generation Arise is to encourage the young people of this generation to arise and shine for God, to grow closer to Him, and to become who He created them to be. I wanted to start a site that was specifically geared towards young people because they are searching for truth, which can only be found in the Word of God, and the good news of the gospel contained within it. They long for something real, but in this modern culture, often end up looking in all the wrong places. My desire for Generation Arise is that it will point them towards the One who is The Truth (John 14:6).

The meaning behind Generation Arise

The website is called Generation Arise because it’s all about encouraging this generation to arise, and to shine forth the light of God. Isaiah 60:1 bids us to arise and shine, and this is what Generation Arise will spur on young people to do. Check out Generation Arise by clicking on the link below, and share it with the teens and young adults that you know!

http://generationarise.com/

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10 Worship Song Suggestions, Part 2

10 Worship Song Suggestions, Part 2

Need a little bit of encouragement as you go about the rest of your week? Spend some time worshiping your Heavenly Father, refreshing yourself in His presence! Check out these ten worship song suggestions!

  1. Oceans by Hillsong
  2. At The Cross by Hillsong
  3. Greatly To Be Praised by Fee
  4. Holy Is The Lord by Chris Tomlin
  5. Like An Avalanche by Hillsong United
  6. Overcome by Jeremy Camp
  7. Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin
  8. Healer by Kari Job
  9. Glory In The Highest by Chris Tomlin
  10. How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin

Which of these worship songs is your favorite?

Click here to check out Called and Created’s Worship Our King playlist on YouTube for more great worship songs!

(Called and Created is not responsible for any ads that may pop up while watching any of the videos on our playlists.)

Road Trip Playlist

Road Trip Playlist

Going on a road trip this summer? Listen to these songs as you travel!

  • Holiday by Britt Nicole
  • Wake by Hillsong Young and Free
  • Look Like Love by Britt Nicole
  • Fishers Of Men by Newsboys
  • We Shine by Stellar Kart
  • Lifeline by Anthem Lights
  • The King Is Coming by Newsboys
  • Made Alive by Citizens
  • Write Your Story by Franchesca Battistelli
  • Overcomer by Mandisa

Click on this link, and check out Called and Created’s Road Trip Playlist on YouTube!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLv8FcZq8aztbFi9gEhXi2_ST-EOzAxkp

(Called and Created is not responsible for any ads that may pop up while watching any of the videos on our playlists.)