While a band’s music may be its most vital lifeline of artistic expression, the world’s first impression of any act is generally its moniker.
The Kentucky-based band Hearts of Saints chose a name with this in mind, seeking to impress upon others its primary mission to share joy and encouragement through music that refreshes the soul (Philemon 1:7).
Comprising singer Craig Felker, drummer Jason Killebrew, guitarist LJ Granstaff and bassist Joel Purdy, the pop/rock foursome, reminiscent of bands like Switchfoot, The Killers and U2, has amassed an extraordinary following, touring nearly 150 dates a year as an independent artist.
In addition to cementing their status on the festival circuit, Hearts of Saints claim significant independent sales success as well as American Family Radio’s southeast region Song of the Year.
The band aims to expand its national audience with its self-titled label debut, guaranteed to please longtime fans while winning new ones.
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Hearts Of Saints| Posted July 21, 2010
Following in the footsteps of many other top CCM artists, hip-hop group GRITS recently formed its own label, Revolution Art. Kentucky-based pop/rock act Hearts of Saints is the latest signee to that label and is set to release its self-titled debut. The album moves through themes of mercy, grace, and faith all while maintaining a thread of encouragement stemming from the band’s purpose (Philemon 1:7).
The first couple of songs focus on God’s mercy and grace. The danceable “Over & Over” reminds listeners that no matter how many times they mess up, they can always come back to God because of His mercy and grace. On the surface it seems that “Hello Grace” is just a love song about a girl named Grace. However, with the band’s faith in mind it’s clear that the song is a celebration of God’s grace.
In several tracks, vocalist Craig Felker candidly shares of uncertainties one typically experiences in the Christian walk. Specifically in the rock anthem “Beautiful Mystery,” the lyrics search for God’s will, “I’m crying out, crying out for your help/Reveal Yourself to me.” Christian young adults should especially be able to relate to this, as most struggle with uncertainties of God’s direction in their life with college, work,
etc. The final track, “Emmanuel” is even more vulnerable, “I’m not sure of the truth/I’m not sure of You/All I want to do is scream.” However, the song does not end with out revealing the truth, “Give your life, your life, God is with us, tonight!”
The messages that arise throughout this album are thought-provoking and relevant to new and mature Christians alike. The only aspect the album is lacking in is originality. But, while Hearts of Saints’ music may fail to stand out in a pool of similar pop/rock acts, the group’s heart for God will shine through.
Great!| Posted March 09, 2010
Hearts of Saints has done a great job for their first release! The very first song, "The Secret," will grab your attention and refuse to let go. Although the album dies down a bit with the other tracks, it's great nonetheless. The band is able to catch your attention and keep it, they may sound a little like other bands but the lead singer's vocals is enough to distract from that. Considering this their first album I am more than impressed. Truth is a secret I gotta let go..
I'm a Sinner and I'm a Saint| Posted February 07, 2010
A sound and voice that grabs your attention. Hearts of Saints are off to a great start. You won't grow tired of their fast paced songs like Over and over. And the same goes with their slower songs like Recapture me. Looking for something new? Hearts of Saints will fill that void.
Good album| Posted January 29, 2010
The only song that stood out was "Nothing Else". The others kind of blended on into the next. Is it just me or does anyone else think the lead singer sounds like an '80's woman singer a bit?