Day 30 – Christian Music Challenge 2.0

Day 30 of  the Christian Music Challenge 2.0

Below, Watch Featured Artist: Owl City

What Choices are You Making?

30. What Choices are You Making? from AlMenconi on Vimeo.

Watch Owl City sing, “My Everything” here…

 

Today’s Christian Music Challenge
Featured Artist: Owl City1

Owl City is an American electronica project created in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota; it is one of several projects by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young. Young created the project while experimenting with music in his parents’ basement. Owl City developed a following on the social networking site MySpace, like many musicians who achieved success in the late 2000s, before signing with Universal Republic Records, now Republic Records, in 2008.

After two independent releases, Owl City gained mainstream popularity with the 2009 major label debut album Ocean Eyes, which includes the six-time platinum single “Fireflies”. The album was certified platinum in the United States in April 2010.

In June 2011, Owl City released its third studio album, All Things Bright and Beautiful, which was followed by The Midsummer Station in August 2012. Owl City has recorded songs for several animated films, including Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Wreck-It Ralph, The Croods andThe Smurfs 2.  Owl City also has released several charting singles, most notably “Good Time” and “Fireflies”.

Suffering from insomnia while working loading Coca-Cola trucks in his hometown Owatonna, Minnesota, Adam Young began to compose music, recording with a C-1 Behringer Microphone. Among the software that he began with was Reason from Propellerhead. He began uploading songs recorded in his parents’ basement to Myspace. He started to receive favorable attention for his music and then helped cultivate this nascent fan-base by being an open and accessible web presence, responding to any messages he received and constantly posting blogs. His manager Steve Bursky later highlighted the significance of Young’s engaging online manner in building his following saying: “People feel like they know him, like they’ve got a direct connection to him because of how he approaches his connection with them online.” Through a deal with the digital aggregator CD Baby, he then started making the songs available for sale through iTunes. In 2007, Owl City released an EP titled Of June, followed by the 2008 release of the album Maybe I’m Dreaming. Of June reached No. 15 on the Billboard Electronic Albums chart, andMaybe I’m Dreaming peaked on the same chart at No. 13.

The viral phenomenon that was building through Myspace caught the attention of Universal Republic presidents Avery and Monte Lipman who approached Young with a view to signing the artist. Republic recommended Young partner up with 27-year-old manager Steve Bursky of Foundations Artist Management and the two began working together in late 2008. When later asked by HitQuarters why the label chose him for a major label act given his relative inexperience, Bursky said:

“I think they saw Owl City as representing the future of our business. This idea of a kid in a tiny town in rural U.S. being able to make songs in his basement that sound like Top 40 radio could never have happened ten years ago. By hiring a young management company who understands the business circa 2011 over a seasoned industry vet, who might not understand the online spaces well, showed a lot of understanding of where this kid was going to end up having success.”

Owl City’s label deal with Universal Republic was finally confirmed in February 2009. According to Bursky there was initially some disagreement about the direction Owl City should follow, telling HitQuarters: “They were ready to send him into the studio with big producers and polish him up to try to become this thing that he wasn’t. But we put our foot down and said, ‘Look, the reason you signed this kid is because it’s working. Whatever it is about him—his music, his interaction with his fans, his brilliance in the online space—these things are connecting with people, and as soon as you change that you lose what’s special about this artist.’ To their credit, they really listened and they got it.”2

Lyrics

“My Everything”
Owl City

When my hope is lost
And my strength is gone
I run to you and you alone
When I can’t get up and I can’t go on
I run to you and you alone’Cause you’re my light in the dark
And I sing with all of my heart

Hallelujah
My almighty God divine
Hallelujah
I am yours and you are mine
This is all I know how to say
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
You’re my everything

When I’m plagued with pain
And filled with fear
I run to you and you alone
When my days are few
And death is near
I run to you and you alone

‘Cause you’re my light in the dark
And I sing with all of my heart

Hallelujah
My almighty God divine
Hallelujah
I am yours and you are mine
This is all I know how to say
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

When trouble comes and goes
And when the cold wind blows
I lift my hands up, I lift my hands up
When sorrow knocks me down
And you pick me off the ground
I lift my hands up, I lift my hands up
And I sing

Hallelujah
My almighty God divine
Hallelujah
I am yours and you are mine
This is all I know how to say

Hallelujah
By the grace of God above
Hallelujah
I’ll shine a light ’cause I am loved
This is all I know I will say
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
This is all I know how to say
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
You’re my everything

Ohh Ohh, You’re my everything3

1. Owl City. Retrieved from Owl City website: http://www.owlcitymusic.com/

2.Owl City. Retrieved from Wikipedia website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl_City

3.Owl City. “My Everything” Lyrics. (2015) Retrieved from AZ Lyrics website: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/owlcity/myeverything.html

The Christian Music Challenge 2.0 Devotional is our 30-day series of short video devotionals to encourage you to understand God’s purpose for Christian music and to incorporate it in your daily life.
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This devotional is based on Al Menconi’s book, The Christian Music Challenge, which in turn was inspired by the biblical principle found in Isaiah 26:3 that reminds us to keep our mind focused on Christ and biblical principles, causing us to experience the peace of God. This is NOT salvation but simply a means to help us grow in our faith.
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