Some of the greatest songs of all time came from artists who were only front and center for a brief moment, dubbing them what is often referred to as a "one-hit wonder." But the greatest part of being a one-hit wonder is that a career-defining song is usually an incredible tune. Here are five Christian artists that didn't stick with us long, but gave us all they had with one memorable track.
5. "Masquerade" by Reality Check
Their self-titled debut was the only major label album released by the band Reality Check. And while there are several quality songs among its tracklist, none of them stand out quite like "Masquerade." This song excellently blends powerful melodic harmonies, alternative rock instrumentation, and a bit of hip-hop sprinkled on top. Though members of the group quickly moved on to do other things (like forming the band Luna Halo), Reality Check will always be remembered for this song and their unique sound.
4. "Lift My Eyes Up" by Miss Angie
Channeling mainstream artists like Hole, the Breeders, and Veruca Salt, Miss Angie brought us an aggressive, female-led rock and roll song with silky vocals, driving guitars, and some of the best fashion choices Christian music has ever seen (watch the music video and you'll understand; I wanted to be her so bad when I was a kid!). She disappeared from the scene as quickly as she came, but thankfully left us with a song that still rocks super hard.
3. "One Time" by Earthsuit
Having only released one label-backed studio album called Kaleidoscope Superior, Earthsuit spent a small amount of time on the Christian music radar. But their single "One Time" remained a repeated song on Christian rock radio for years after their disappearance. Blending electronic rock and hip-hop vocals, no other band has touched the style Earthsuit brought to the table. While some members are better known for their time in the group Mutemath, their roots will always link us to this intense, high energy track.
2. "Sunny Day" by John Cox
John Cox circulated in the Christian music scene for just a short time. But those that listened to his music adored him, and his song "Sunny Day" is a great example of his songwriting ability and overall musical talent. Sharing similar vocal qualities to the rock and roll icon Robert Plant, Cox brings a bluesy sound to his music that's a rare find in the Christian industry. He's incredibly underrated, but let's be thankful he left us with the power ballad that is "Sunny Day."
1."Butterfly" by Seven Day Jesus
Emulating artists like Weezer and Oasis, Seven Day Jesus had the potential to be one of the best Christian alternative bands ever. Their self-titled album was well received, but unfortunately, they dissolved shortly after. While the record has an awesome tracklist, "Butterfly" will always be the one fans remember and cherish. Many of us would love to see a Seven Day Jesus reunion, but until then, "Butterfly" is what remains of their time in the spotlight.
Jessi Zilka owns a small record store in Florida. She loves music more than anything in this world (except Jesus, of course). If she's not listening to music or working at her store, she's usually out record hunting, going to Disney World, spending time with her husband, hanging out with family or friends, catching up on a favorite TV show, or curling up on the couch and watching a movie. (Cover Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash.
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