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From Project Inspired Girl, Rachel – Why I Love Anthem Lights

“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

Image: Christianpost.com

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22 Comments

  1. Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 20:38

    I LOVE ANTHEM LIGHTS xD <3 (:

  2. Posted by on October 13, 2011 at 16:48

    I saw them in concert with my best friend! They were really funny. 😀

  3. Posted by on September 29, 2011 at 13:30

    i love Love LOVE anthem lights, my friend from S.A. got me hooked on them when we were on a missions trip there and i just cant stop listening to their songs! they’re addicting and the message is great! so awesome!

  4. Posted by on September 29, 2011 at 13:27

    oh i love Love LOVE anthem lights, my friend from S.A. got me hooked on them 😛 i love their messages in their songs, so inspiring!

  5. Posted by on September 24, 2011 at 12:48

    I LOVE ANTHEM LIGHTS!
    My favorite song is “Can’t Get Over You”!

  6. Posted by on September 23, 2011 at 20:41

    Ahh they are sooooo good almost as good as Tenth Avenue North!!!! haha =D Great music taste you have, Rachel! =)

  7. Posted by on September 23, 2011 at 20:09

    I love Anthem Lights!!! I saw them in concert and met them and they are such down-to-earth and incredible guys!! Their music is amazing and I recommend their album to everyone! 🙂

  8. Posted by on September 23, 2011 at 20:06

    I love Anthem Lights!! I saw them in concert and met them and they were so down-to-earth and incredible people. Their music has touched me and I recommend their first album to everyone. 🙂

  9. Posted by on September 23, 2011 at 19:30

    I was looking at all of their songs, and they lip sync to Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never. That is SO funny. Chad mouths Justin’s part and Caleb mouths Jaden’s part.

  10. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 20:16

    I LOVE ANTHEM LIGHTSSS!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 20:12

    I’m gonna look them up right now!! Thanks so much for this!

  12. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 19:25

    Anthem Lights is the best! I heard them for the first time a couple weeks ago on KLOVE! I love their songs so much. I only listen to Christian music, and I don’t regret it! C:

  13. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 17:24

    O MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THEM!!!!!!! My fav is Lighthouse! THey have been such a big life changer in my life!!!!!!! XD BEST BAND!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)))))))))) I always thought i was the only one who knew them!
    <3

  14. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 15:48

    Those songs are awesome! I will have to buy their album as soon as I get some money! 🙂

  15. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 15:31

    beautiful thank you for introducing

  16. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 15:11

    Never heard of them before…but i really like it!!

  17. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 14:37

    i absolutely LOVE anthem lights!!! 😀 my fav songs are cant get over you and circles. they are such an amazing band 🙂

  18. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 14:12

    I LOVE Anthem Lights too! I love the lyrics and sound of their songs too (: So great!

  19. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 13:29

    I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!! It’s full of inspiring music. 🙂 I want the album SO bad!! I abuse the replay button on youtube. lol I LOVE ANTHEM LIGHTS TOO!!! probably one of the GREATEST band EVER! 😀

  20. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 12:46

    My favorite from that list is “Can’t get over you” your right their a great band!

  21. Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 11:14

    I love anthem lights! I want their album! 😉