BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#152 - "Something Holy" by Stellar Kart
NRT contributor Kevin Davis speaks with Stellar Kart's lead singer, Adam Agree, about their current single, "Something Holy."
 


Award-winning pop-rock band Stellar Kart released its INO Records debut, the band’s fourth studio recording, Everything Is Different Now on March 9, 2010. Unique to this project, Stellar Kart incorporates a more worshipful sound and vertical lyrics. Produced by Dove Award-winning producer Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Krystal Meyers), Everything Is Different Now is a unique collection of vertically minded songs that continue in the pop/rock tradition of Stellar Kart’s past work. However, instead of focusing on more relational matters, Everything Is Different Now takes a decidedly worshipful turn, a nod to the band’s roots.

Songs like the catchy opening track, “All My Heart,” and the congregational-friendly “Rescue,” which Agee wrote with some friends from Hillsong United, keep the praise-focused theme front and center. The album’s current hit single, “Something Holy,” also reflects Stellar Kart’s foremost desire to glorify God.

I got the chance to interview lead singer Adam Agee about “Something Holy.”

Please tell me the personal story behind writing this song.

We had pretty much completed Everything Is Different Now, which includes some of our favorite worship songs like “We Shine” and “You Never Let Go,” and some originals like “All My Heart” and “Rescue.” The label asked us to write one more original song. We wrote a bunch of songs and we didn’t feel like any of the songs fit the theme of the album. The album’s theme is all about encouragement and how are we living different now as believers. So we ended up writing this song.

The theme of this song is that although we’re going to go through tough times as believers God tells us that now we’re part of something holy. So we wanted to write a song that professed that truth.

“Something Holy” is about encouragement, and despite the economy or problems, we are “set apart” and we are meant to be something holy. We are born to be part of something much bigger than the troubles we endure on a daily basis.

Please tell me about any Bible verses that you think go with the song.

2 Corinthians 5:21: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Ephesians 4:20-24: But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

1 Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

What do you consider to be the take-away message for listeners?

Before life with Christ, we all have nothing. With Christ, we are found and we are filled with joy, hope and peace. The definition of the word "holy" according to Webster's Dictionary is: "exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness." This is what our calling is from God. To be holy. To be set apart from the world in which we live in order to commune with Him. At times all of us feel empty, insufficient, or lonely as though we are stuck on an island disconnected from love...disconnected from God. As His creation, we have this need embedded in us that only He can fill. We try to fill it with everything this world has to offer, only to come up just as empty as before. That constant tug on our hearts is God desperately wanting a deep relationship with us. That restlessness we feel is our heart trying to reconnect with God. When we allow God to fill the void in our lives, we become a part of His holy family. We become a part of something bigger than our everyday trials and hardships. We have a connection that pulls us out of those dark times and lifts us up into the light. We become a part of something holy.

Here are the lyrics:

You say that the well's run dry.
And there's no more tears to cry.
You're searching for something real.
To make you feel.

You Know that you're incomplete.
A song with a broken beat.
There's a whole in all our hearts.
And there's a reason why!

[Chorus]
We were born to be,
A part of something holy.
All of us are restless until we find.
We were born to be,
A part of something holy.
Bigger than, bigger than
You and I.
Bigger than all our lives.

The hunger you feel inside,
That keeps you unsatisfied.
It pulls at you constantly.
Like gravity.
This world never was enough.
We're made for a deeper love.
There's a hole in all our hearts.
It's part of our desire.

[Chorus]
We were born to be,
A part of something holy.
All of us are restless until we find.
We were born to be,
A part of something holy.
Bigger than, bigger than
You and I.
Bigger than all our lives.

All our lives we long for something more.
The life that we were all created for.

We were born to be,
A part of something holy.
All of us are restless until we find.
We were born to be,
A part of something holy.
Bigger than, bigger than
Bigger than you and I.
Bigger than, bigger than all our lives!


In identifying with our sin, Christ paved the way for us to become identified with the righteousness of God. It is not merely that we acquire a right standing or do good works; we actually become righteous--although the latter may well presume the former. For in Christ we truly assume his righteousness, just as Christ assumed our sin.

Here’s Matthew Henry’s commentary on Ephesians 4:20-24: The truth of Christ appears in its beauty and power, when it appears as in Jesus. and bring them to destruction, if not subdued and mortified. These therefore must be put off, as an old garment, a filthy garment; they must be subdued and mortified. But it is not enough to shake off corrupt principles; we must have gracious ones. By the new man, is meant the new nature, the new creature, directed by a new principle, even regenerating grace, enabling a man to lead a new life of righteousness and holiness.

This has quickly become my favorite song by Stellar Kart and I’m excited about the direction that the band is going as I’ve always enjoyed their sound and now I’m really connecting to their worshipful lyrics. As the song says, “we were born to be a part of something holy, bigger than you and I, bigger than all our lives!

You can listen to the song here.

Kevin Davis is a long time fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. Kevin also writes reviews for ChristianMusicReview.org. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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