Christian Pop & Alternative Rock artist Carter Frodge of Nashville, TN introduced his new band, Life of Carter, with a self-titled debut EP release featuring five songs. Working as a solo artist since 2015 and having toured eight countries and nearly every state in the U.S. as a former member of CHR charting Christian band, Everyday Sunday, Carter formed the new band around the vision of reaching the millennial generation through an electro-pop vibe and lyrics that address the life of a young Christian adult. The EP includes songs written and produced with two-time Grammy winner and Dove Award winner, Chuck Butler (Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, Mandisa, Tauren Wells, TobyMac) and Christian EDM writer and producer, David Thulin (Becka Shae, Jonathan Thulin, Spencer Kane, Joel Vaughn, Press Play).
"I've been writing and creating music the past twelve months working toward releasing something special," said Carter. "My life has been something like a movie the past two years with a lot of unfortunate circumstances and challenges, but God has done some amazing things in bringing me through it. I've moved to Nashville, watched God work some miracles and open doors to launch my new band and helped me transition from a full-time youth pastor in Ohio to full-time artist."
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Infectious Hope| Posted August 23, 2017
Carter Frodge is no stranger to the music industry. Having toured across the world with rock group Everyday Sunday, he is now stepping out on his own with his own electro-pop project, Life of Carter. Frodge's vision for the band is to reach the millennial generation with lyrics that are relevant to the life of a young Christian adult, and he certainly succeeds in that goal.
From its opening moments, the self-titled EP makes a statement. The joyously upbeat "All We Need" sets the tone for the album with anthemic choruses and slick, smooth production that showcases the strengths of the project. Frodge declares "When we look at the stars / When we open our hearts / It's all we need / All we need / When our eyes can't deny / When hope is alive / It's all we need / All we need tonight."
"Brand New" is an unashamed take on 2 Corinthians 5:17, functioning as a declaration of faith for Frodge. It's also an earworm as it boasts one of the strongest pop hooks of the year. "We're The Colors" is a timely ode to the beautiful uniqueness and diversity of God's creation: "Take these expectations / Throw them out the door / It's okay to ride a different wave / You're bigger than a planet / I wish you could understand it / You're a universe of galaxies / Life is just a slumber / You're the dream."
The last two tracks on the collection bring things down a notch and diverge from the spiritual themes to show a different side of the band. "Without Warning" is a melodramatic take on young love, while "I Think I'm Afraid" expounds on the previous song by showing us the highs and lows of a relationship. It's an enjoyable experience to see Life of Carter so expertly walk the fine line between spirituality and everyday struggles on this EP, which allows the music to hit home with people from all walks of life.
The Bottom Line: Even at its most vulnerable moments, Life of Carter EP displays an impressive hope and optimism that's ridiculously infectious and will leave you wanting more.
Song To Download Now:
"Brand New" (Get it on iTunes here.)