Anthem Lights by Anthem Lights on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Anthem Lights is noticeably more muscular and hard-driving than its boy-band looks might indicate. The group’s self-titled debut album leans heavily towards upbeat praise tunes, built around sleek New Romantic-influenced guitar lines and polished harmonies. Tunes like “Can’t Shut Up,” “I Wanna Know You Like That” and “Outta My Mind” are buoyantly worshipful numbers that show off Alan Powell’s vibrant singing style to full advantage. “Lighthouse” is the sort of hook-laden pop track that imbeds itself in the mind even as it offers hope for salvation. While Anthem Lights’ tunes are mostly bright and bubbly, their lyrics display some theological rigor — “Freedom Into Slavery,” for instance, is an uncompromising statement of spiritual need. A particular high point is “Where the Light Is,” a sparsely arranged rock ballad filled with the simple but exalted imagery of a timeless hymn. Anthem Lights may be style-conscious and very radio friendly, but they offer heartfelt testimony rooted in firmly held faith.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anthem Lights is noticeably more muscular and hard-driving than its boy-band looks might indicate. The group’s self-titled debut album leans heavily towards upbeat praise tunes, built around sleek New Romantic-influenced guitar lines and polished harmonies. Tunes like “Can’t Shut Up,” “I Wanna Know You Like That” and “Outta My Mind” are buoyantly worshipful numbers that show off Alan Powell’s vibrant singing style to full advantage. “Lighthouse” is the sort of hook-laden pop track that imbeds itself in the mind even as it offers hope for salvation. While Anthem Lights’ tunes are mostly bright and bubbly, their lyrics display some theological rigor — “Freedom Into Slavery,” for instance, is an uncompromising statement of spiritual need. A particular high point is “Where the Light Is,” a sparsely arranged rock ballad filled with the simple but exalted imagery of a timeless hymn. Anthem Lights may be style-conscious and very radio friendly, but they offer heartfelt testimony rooted in firmly held faith.

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About Anthem Lights

Formed while founding members Chad Graham and Alan Powell were both living in Los Angeles, California, Christian pop band Anthem Lights began as a solo project for Graham in 2007. After working on songs for Graham's debut, the pair decided to expand the project into a four-piece pop group, recruiting vocalists Kyle Kupecky and Caleb Grimm into the band. Working under the name Yellow Cavalier, the four singers released their self-titled debut EP in 2009 before they changed the group's name to Anthem Lights the following year. The quartet later signed on with Reunion Records, and with the new name in place and the backing of a label, Anthem Lights released a pair of eponymous albums, an EP and their full-length debut, in 2011. One year later, The Acoustic Sessions EP followed.

Anthem Lights' second album, You Have My Heart, appeared in early 2014. It was led by the single "Hide Your Love Away," their most popular song yet on the Christian charts. By the end of the year, third album Escape had appeared, with a pair of singles ("Just Fall," "Run Away") performing well on the charts. The group also began releasing mini-albums of their favorite songs by other artists, under the banner Covers; most were recent songs by pop artists such as One Direction, Taylor Swift, and OneRepublic, but the group also charted its influences with covers of Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." For 2017's Hymns, they took a more classicist approach, applying their distinctive harmonies to a set of traditional hymns and contemporary Christian favorites. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FORMED
    2007

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