Before I share my review of the new CD Now by the Christian Rock band Fireflight some helpful background information concerning the band:
“Imagine. Thanks to GMA’s 2009 Dove Award nomination, thousands of people did. And, frankly, many liked the way it sounded. So what if Fireflight was a modern rock act nominated alongside six of Christian music’s biggest giants? The future had arrived. Now, with the release of the band’s double-taker of an album, For Those Who Wait, it’s time for everyone else to catch up.
Granted, the past few years have been a whirlwind. Back when the Floridians launched their Flicker Records debut, The Healing of Harms, in 2006, the versatile quintet rocked two No. 1 radio singles, toured relentlessly, and, best of all, discovered a growing fan base that reciprocated the band’s passion. Next up, Fireflight’s 2008 sophomore album, Unbreakable. Before the record released, NBC repeatedly used its title track, the lead single, for prime time television promos. The fuse had been lit. As operation Google “Unbreakable” began, the album debuted at No. 10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. One domino tipped another. Fireflight won Taco Bell’s fan-voted “Best of the Beat” contest and then performed at ESPN’s “Winter X Games 13.” As Fireflight logged additional audio exposure on ABC, E! Entertainment’s “Style Network,’ and even SyFy, Christian rock and pop radio fanned its own flames, sending three more Fireflight singles—“Unbreakable,” “The Hunger” and “Stand Up”—to No. 1. Before the smoke cleared, the “Unbreakable” music video logged more than a million plays on YouTube, and the song itself had been confirmed as a future download for the wildly popular Rock Band™ video game.
The table was set for the highly-anticipated third project, For Those Who Wait. With its stunning new 10-song collection, Fireflight exceeds expectations. As drummer Phee Shorb puts it, “For Those Who Wait sounds as good as I’ve always hoped we could sound.”
And Fireflight not only connects with its fans spiritually and musically as a band but they also do so with ministry partners such as To Write Love on Her Arms, which helps individuals struggling with self injury, depression and addiction, and Dawson McAllister’s HopeLine, which gives life guidance to teenagers and young adults. In fact, in a highly unusual move for a band, Fireflight recently took a hope coach from Dawson McAllister’s team out on tour for its fans’ benefit.
Beyond immediate relational needs, Fireflight also flexes its muscle in far-reaching compassion and justice efforts. Explains Dawn, “We’re passionate about helping people both in America and in developing countries, where just a little can do so much. Jesus was extremely interested in the orphans, and the poor, and the widows. That was such a big part of what He did and what He emphasized to Christians, what they needed to be doing. As a result, Fireflight’s work includes a focused partnership with The Legacy of Hope International, a ministry committed to serving the most immediate needs of Cambodia’s poorest children.
This active commitment to compassion and justice also serves as a signpost for fans as Fireflight’s music encourages them to move beyond their personal struggles and reach out to a world eager to know healing in the waiting. Yes, learn while you wait, but love others in the process. This is the message Fireflight proclaims loud and true, whether appearing with Franklin Graham at an outreach event, singing on national television, or rocking for thousands on 2010’s “Winter Jam Tour Spectacular.” That’s because, when you get down to it, if it’s for those who wait, it’s for everyone.” From the band’s website Fireflightrock.Com.
And Fireflight recently released their long awaited and much anticipated Now CD with 10 new songs that Fireflight fans are sure to enjoy and love just as much as they have the songs on their previous CD’s. Having not yet listened to the CD, For Those Who Wait, I can not say whether that CD is as good as they could possibly sound as a band because I only have the CD Now to judge the band by and I would have to state that musically this is about as good as it gets as far as I’m concerned.
The CD Now by Fireflight is Christian Rock at its best – The band Fireflight delivers 10 uniquely different emotionally captivating and spiritually driven songs with a powerfully delivered musical message of faith, love, and hope. From the first note of the song Stay Close to the last note of the final song on the CD, Now, you will be hooked. I mean, you will put the CD on and start playing it and spiritually and emotionally you will be “Ignited,” (the title of one of the ten songs on their CD); wanting to play the CD to the end…and if you are at all like me, you will hit the replay button and play it again…and again.
Lead vocalist for the band, Dawn Michele, backed up by the vocals and musical talent of Justin Cox on guitars, Glen Drennen on guitars, and Wendy Drennen playing Bass and Adam Mcmillion playing the drums energetically releases a musical and spiritual power with her voice in each song that no pun intended is truly “music to the ears.” The first song Stay Close is a raw and boldly spirited song that expresses a sort of personal desperation and depth of pain and need that can only be healed by the “hope” of Christ. “Ignite” which is the second song on the CD is loud, explosive and calls out to us to ”Start A Fire” and “Embrace The Light!” The third song is “Escape,” and after that is a song more musically subtle and mellow, “He Weeps,” which is a song about how God weeps with us when we experience the brokenness and pain of life because of the effects of sin in our lives. This song is one of my favorites on the CD as it deeply touches me at the very core of my soul. The next song is Keeping Me Alive, and then Stronger Than You Think gets us back on a harder more gutsy rock track with the message of pure spiritual and emotional freedom that is found only in Christ. This song is another one of my personal favorites on the CD. The final four songs on the CD Prove Me Wrong, Dying For Your Love, Rise Above and Now all delivers the same kind of musical and spiritual power and pleasure that the other six songs do on their new album. I would definitely call this album a MUST to listen to if you are a fan of the Christian Rock music genre and you like the music of the band Fireflight.
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I received a complementary copy of the CD Now by Fireflight from the Provident Label Group LLC for reviewing it.
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