Anthem Lights recently released their self titled debut pop rock album. Since then, their first single "I Can't Shut Up" has been making an impact. With a multitude of pop bands at the consumer’s disposal, one could wonder what would make this band stand out. The band comprised of four members: Alan Powell, Caleb Grimm, Chad Graham, and Kyle Kupecky see themselves as having a bigger purpose in pop music then music itself. They are determined to spread the gospel.
The group originated when Graham and Powell joined forces to produce Graham’s solo album. In the process, they felt the songs would sound better in a group setting. From that point the pieces came together with the addition of Kupecky and Grimm.
The group signed to Reunion Records and began to work on their self-titled debut album.
The first single from the album, “Can’t Shut Up” carries a message of unashamed faith that they hope to inspire all believers to take part in. The song was inspired by the enthusiasm held by two blind men in Matthew chapter nine that could not keep silent about the miraculous healing Jesus had done for them.
“First of all, we want to have the kind of faith that we’re so moved by what God has done in our lives that we can’t not, not talk about...” says Powell.
The album, infused with live instrumentation carries a sense of Christian identity and the theme of feeling like a foreigner in this world. Their song “Stranger” captures the essence of the album: “I am a stranger in this world, just passing through...I won’t be home til’ I’m with you.”
“We didn’t go into writing the album and say, [you] know here’s our overall message and lets write a bunch of songs that kind of go around that. But, when we stepped back and took a look at what the album said overall... we kind of looked at [Stranger] and that message was kind of the overall theme for the record.”
Although “Stranger” carries the theme of the album, the most meaningful record on the album to Powell is “Where the Light Is.” The lyrics of the song reveal a difficult time of faith in his life.
“Its kind of a biography. That song is really my story. A few years ago I was very very close to just walking away from my faith, my family, and everything that matters in this life. Satan had just turned me upside down. I couldn’t see left from right, or up from down, right from wrong and that song is about my story, my journey.”
Powell believes that the little bit of light from Christ in his life at that time was able to defeat a multitude of darkness.
The album is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and AnthemLights.com