This is the first in my series of posts entitled “Christian Arists to Check Out if You’re Not Really Into Christian Music” (wow, that’s a mouthful!)
So, what kind of music do you like?
- R & B
- all of the above?
Then, really, you MUST check out Newworldson.
I first heard them on the radio in the Fall of 2009 with their single “There is a Way” from their self-titled sophomore release. The song was catchy and I loved lead singer Joel Parisien’s voice, but it wasn’t quite enough to get me to run out and buy the album. Then, I heard a buzz a brewing about how amazingly musically talented these guys are and that their frontman is actually a skinny, white dude. Woah! (insert screeching brakes here) HOLD UP! I thought to myself, “Okay, if that guy is a skinny, white dude, then I seriously need to hear more of his music”. At the risk of sounding a little stereotypical here, I just thought he had way too much soul in his voice to be white. So, I bought the album for a mere $7.99, plus I had a coupon! So, I probably only paid about $5 for it. And I have not regretted one penny of that purchase.
The best word I can use to describe this band is “eclectic”. They are all over the map with their style, but what is even more shocking is that they are so good at it. Each song is an experience you’ll want to have over and over again, which is probably why the album often gets played continously on my ipod. These guys have captured lightning in a bottle with their musical chemistry. They have such an ease and authenticity about them which lends to a feeling that the songs were penned on the fly. But, if you really stop and listen, you’ll hear the truth of the Gospel presented in thoughtful lyrics.
This is the kind of music you listen to when you need to get your creative juices flowing, get your blood pumping, get your bum off the couch, or if you just feel the sudden desire to do a little jig. And if none of those things happen as a result of listening to NewWorldSon, well, you’re just kind of a stick in the mud! I’m pretty sure that when you get to the final cut on the album you’ll be saying, “Really? Seriously? Four white dudes from Ontario? I gotta see them live.” After all, that’s pretty much what I said and I’m like over the moon excited to see them in concert in November at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond. The junior higher in me is even hoping I can snag a photo with them. And if I do, I promise I’ll post it on my blog!
Until the concert, I’ll enjoy some of their cool YouTube videos. Here’s one of my fav songs from their first album, “Working Man”. Okay, enough talking from me! Click the video and check them out for yourself!