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Faith In The Mainstream Part 5: Flyleaf
NRT columist Logan continues to examine artists that are standing for Christ while embracing the mainstream music world. This week, the spotlight shines on the incredible success story of Flyleaf.
 


Flyleaf is literally the definition of a success story. They slowly have been climbing the ladder of success over the past several years, and their unbreakable faith has led them all along the way. With the recent Platinum certification of their debut album and their surprising acceptance into the mainstream rock and Top 40 markets, this band from a small Texas town is just heating up.

Touring with top mainstream (and many anti-Christian) bands such as Korn and Disturbed has not only increased their audience and chance to witness, but has undoubtedly shown them how important and valuable their faith is. Although some of these bands sing about everything Flyleaf hates, they continually stay true to their beliefs and don't let the worldly pressure knock them down. In fact, it's hard to find a song on their self titled album that doesn't set God as the focus or underlying message.

Their first crossover megahit, "I'm So Sick," is a hardcore, tell-all song which lead singer Lacey Mosley says is "about how we live in a messed-up world and how we're a product of our surroundings to some extent, and you grow up and you feel messed up."

"Fully Alive," another mainstream rock hit, sings of a soul ready to give it all to God. But the song that ultimately bridged the gap that started in the Christian world and moved on to mainstream rock has finally found an enthusiastic audience in the Top 40 market, and that song is "All Around Me." The powerful lyrics of that song explicitly thank Christ for His enduring presence and offer a great message of hope to many of the secular listeners who are living in the dark.

Looking beyond the headlining tours and the success of their albums, Flyleaf has managed to accomplish some other remarkable feats. Just last year, a previously unreleased song by the band (titled "Tina") was included in the set list for one of the most popular video games to date, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Another video game accolade to add to the list includes the game Rock Band, where the hit "I'm So Sick" is featured.

Also noting Flyleaf's success were Jimmy Kimmel and Carson Daly, both of whom asked the band to perform on their late night TV shows. And don't forget the band's charity efforts--a portion of the proceeds from their Music As A Weapon EP went to benefit World Vision, one the world's leading Christian missions.

When speaking for the band to MTV about their faith, Lacey Mosley doesn't hold back. "We're a band, it's [our faith] part of who we are, so it comes out in our music, and it's the fuel for what we do. So I'm not ashamed of it at all. And most of our album reflects that." It surely does.

Christ teaches of living unashamed for Him, and this band sets a fine example of that. Keep it up, Flyleaf.

Logan is a high school student who loves a wide variety of music. He currently lives just outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

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