From Project Inspired Girl, Rachel – Why I Love Anthem Lights
Written by PI Contributor | September 22, 2011
“As followers of Christ, we were not made for this world,” explains Anthem Lights’ member Alan Powell. “We don’t belong here. And all the self-doubt and insecurity and struggling to fit in, it’s all part of believing the lie that we’re supposed to be ‘at home’ here. God created us in His image — there’s nothing to doubt about that! We’re here to love others and be Christ in the world. The closer we get to Christ, to being what we were created to be in this world, our value of what this world values begins to fade.” (anthemlights.com)
Consisting of four members – Alan, Kyle, Caleb, and Chad – Anthem Lights’ roots trace back to 2007 when Alan teamed up with Chad in Los Angeles. Alan was writing songs for aspiring solo artist, Chad. But as they kept writing the songs, they realized that the songs were better suited for a group rather than just a solo artist. Kyle and Caleb joined the crew and they released a self-titled album under the name Yellow Cavalier. After signing with Reunion Records, they changed the name to Anthem Lights. Here is what Alan has to say about the songs on the album:
“These songs were born out of what we’ve experienced over the past couple of years, spiritually…we’ve had to learn some very difficult lessons about who God is and who we are. We’ve gone through moments where we felt really close to the Lord, really felt Him at work in our lives, and then very real moments when you feel you’re going around in circles and can’t find Him at all. I think we’ve just tried to be really honest about what that darkness feels like and yet make it clear that ‘the Light always wins.'” (anthemlights.com)
Here are Kyle’s thoughts about the message behind the music:
“But ultimately…it’s the message behind the music that ignites and inspires every note…it comes down to the three things we love: music, entertainment, and Jesus… And the greatest of these is Jesus. We’re here to help people know who Jesus is and connect on a deeper level with Him. For those who don’t know Him, we want to make that introduction, to say ‘your life has a bigger purpose.’ There are such hedonistic messages in our culture—from music, movies and TV—‘if it feels good, do it,’ but we want to give them something that speaks to their soul, to encourage them and support them as they grow up in Christ. And for believers, we just really want to start a fire in them.” (anthemlights.com)
What I love the most about this group is how open and personal they seem to get. They love interacting and connecting with their fans whom they call “Light Bulbs” — because we should be Lights for God in this dark and fallen world.
They’ve released one self-titled album, and I love every song on it. All of them are so powerful. Please go and listen to all their songs if you can.
- “Can’t Shut Up” is a song about being outspoken about God and His light within.
- “I Wanna Know You Like That” speaks about the ultimate desire in our hearts to be in full surrender to God.
- “Circles” talks about how we don’t have to be perfect because God’s grace is there to meet us wherever we are.
- “Can’t Get Over You” is a worshipful song that makes a connection with God. “Strangers” speaks the hard truth that we were not meant to be at home in this world, but separate.
- “Outta My Mind” is about getting out of our own heads and into a greater understanding of what God has for us.
- “Lifeline” reminds us that God is our strong rescuer, and that we often underestimate His power.
- “Lighthouse” is a metaphor of what we are in this world — the Light of Christ.
- “Freedom Into Slavery” is a powerfully, honest confession that because God has freed us from sin, we’re no longer chained and therefore we sometimes take that for granted.
- “Where the Light Is” speaks about how darkness doesn’t stand a chance where the Light is. This is a powerful reminder we all need to hear sometimes and Alan’s personal testimony.
“Can’t Shut Up”
“I Wanna Know You Like That”
Written by Rachel
source: anthemlights.com, youtube.com