10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The use of Fireflight’s “Unbreakable” to promote TV’s Bionic Woman advanced the band into the mainstream — and also secured its image as battle-tested soldiers fighting for inner empowerment. This Christian rock quintet keeps up its aggressive stance throughout most of Unbreakable (2008), its sophomore album. Like the comparable Superchick, Fireflight is fronted by a dynamic female singer (Dawn Richardson) and supported by nu-metal guitar firepower (provided by Justin Cox and Glenn Drennan). Dawn’s defiant wails transform youthful angst into spirit-filled, life-affirming anthems. Tracks like “You Gave Me a Promise” and “Stand Up” frame the struggle between doubt and belief in conflicted but ultimately positive language. The band deals with more earth-bound issues as well, including toxic relationships (“So Help Me God”). Fireflight makes its intentions clear in string-draped ballads like “Brand New Day” and “Wrapped in Your Arms.” And of course, the key track is the title number, a truly bracing blast of heroic pop/rock.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The use of Fireflight’s “Unbreakable” to promote TV’s Bionic Woman advanced the band into the mainstream — and also secured its image as battle-tested soldiers fighting for inner empowerment. This Christian rock quintet keeps up its aggressive stance throughout most of Unbreakable (2008), its sophomore album. Like the comparable Superchick, Fireflight is fronted by a dynamic female singer (Dawn Richardson) and supported by nu-metal guitar firepower (provided by Justin Cox and Glenn Drennan). Dawn’s defiant wails transform youthful angst into spirit-filled, life-affirming anthems. Tracks like “You Gave Me a Promise” and “Stand Up” frame the struggle between doubt and belief in conflicted but ultimately positive language. The band deals with more earth-bound issues as well, including toxic relationships (“So Help Me God”). Fireflight makes its intentions clear in string-draped ballads like “Brand New Day” and “Wrapped in Your Arms.” And of course, the key track is the title number, a truly bracing blast of heroic pop/rock.

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3:21
3:32
4:11
3:08
3:15
3:42
3:01
3:42
3:17
3:40

About Fireflight

Beginning in 2006, upon signing to Flicker Records after a couple independent releases, Fireflight became one of the most popular bands on Christian rock radio. The female-fronted band's style of rock is fairly heavy, bordering on metal, and is reminiscent of other popular female-fronted rock bands of the time, such as Paramore and Evanescence. The band is based in Orlando, FL, and tours the United States extensively, reportedly performing an estimated 140 shows per year. Founded in Eustis, FL, in 1999, Fireflight are comprised of Dawn Richardson (vocals), Justin Cox (guitar), Glenn Drennen (guitar), Wendy Drennen (bass), and Phee Shorb (drums). The band independently recorded and released its debut album, Glam-Rok (2002), produced by guitarist Justin Cox. The five-track EP On the Subject of Moving Forward followed in 2004, leading to a recording contract offer from Flicker Records. The band's first Flicker release, The Healing of Harms (2006), was produced by Skidd Mills and became a major hit in the Christian rock community, reaching number 37 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. The album spawned a pair of Christian rock radio hit singles, "You Decide" and "Waiting," the latter of which reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. The band's second Flicker release, Unbreakable (2008), proved even more popular. Produced by Rob Hawkins, it reached number 15 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and spawned another big Christian rock radio hit in the title track. Promoted via the Bionic Woman television series, "Unbreakable" peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart, and garnered a 2009 Dove Award nomination. For Those Who Wait, the group's third studio album, arrived the following year. ~ Jason Birchmeier

  • ORIGIN
    Eustis, FL
  • FORMED
    2000

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