• Story behind the song: "War Cry" by Social Club Misfits

    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Heartbroken by the string of shootings across America, Miami hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits aimed to write an anthem that would inspire people to stand up for what they believe in, regardless of the consequences. That's when “War Cry” was born.

    “Anything that happens to our generation, we take it personally,” attests Fern, one-half of the duo. “This song really came from a place of just wanting to rally a generation around this message of Jesus Christ, the hope of the world. So we incorporated parts of our testimony into the song.”

    His fellow Misfit, Marty, says it's important that they create songs like “War Cry.” Songs people can relate to - not just lyrically, but sonically as well. “We are just so happy to make music that impacts the culture and to be able to rap and intertwine it with worship, to be able to praise God,” says Marty. “We feel so honored and privileged to be able to touch the people in a way that's relevant and in a way that's cool to us.” 

    Regardless of who connects with their music, their goal is to make sure their art has no borders, as evidenced by the diversity showcased on their full-length debut. “We're Latin; we're from South Florida, so we love music that crosses different cultures,” shares Fern.

    Yet, Marty is quick to add, “We only do it for an audience of One.”

    War Cry” features guest vocals from Tauren Wells and can be found on Social Club Misfits' debut album, Into The Night.

     

    Tauren Wells: The story behind his new song "Known"

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    To be fully known and loved by God is a sentiment we all desire, if we're honest. For Tauren Wells, it's a reality he writes about in his song, “Known.”

    “It's probably the most important song that I've ever been a part of,” Tauren reveals. “For me, it's just been a doorway for God teaching me some really important things that I need to learn. And one of those is that image is overrated.”

    Image is a hard thing for a Christian artist to grapple with. How does one glorify God with their art when people want to glorify you? When Tauren was originally part of vocal group Royal Tailor, he asked this question, and decided he was better suited to serving full-time in his church back home in Texas. “Honestly, I just love the local church,” he says. “I love serving in the local church, and that is a worthwhile cause to give your life to. And so I was pretty content with that.”

    That's when God decided to jump-start his solo career...

    “It's been cool to see that once I got to a place where I was willing to lay it down - what I had been holding so tightly to - that God really blessed me with opportunities I never thought possible,” Tauren shares.

    Those opportunities include multiple hit singles at radio and four GMA Dove Awards, including the coveted trophy for New Artist of the Year. Yet, like the message behind his song, “Known,” Tauren knows the accolades don't mean much if he's not following God's call.

    “As grateful as I am for the pictures and all of these trophies, this doesn't matter as much as what's happening inside of my heart,” Tauren asserts. “God knows those things, and in the midst of all of my brokenness and imperfection, in the midst of all of His knowledge of me, He still loves me. That is the heart of 'Known,' and I think that's why it's connected with so many people.”

    Known” is found on Tauren's full-length debut album, Hills and Valleys.

    Hawk Nelson "Never Let You Down" Song Story

    Friday, November 02, 2018
    Here's some straight up encouragement for YOU from Hawk Nelson's Jonathan Steingard in this Behind The Music for "Never Let You Down"...

    "We are so used to being loved by how we look or how we dress or how well we follow a list of rules. And, that is not how God loves us. We can count on Him no matter who we are, no matter where we're at in life and no matter what our story is." - Jonathan, Lead Singer

    "All these questions
    Without answers
    Feeling restless and abandoned 
    Will You hear my call
    Will You be there when I fall

    You say, all of this time and I've never let you down
    I carried you then, I'll carry you here and now
    So don't lose heart and don't forget
    My work in you ain't finished yet
    Hold onto Me now, I'll never let you down
    I'll never let you down"
    - Lyrics from "Never Let You Down (feat. Hunter and Tara)"

    The guys got creative with their lyric video, check it out:

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