Krystal Meyers | Make Some Noise
Listening to the first couple of dancy, chirpy tracks on Krystal Meyers' Make Some Noise, your eyes drift ahead to track four, S.O.S. "Is this really heading to an ABBA remake?" you think. But actually, the new tune, co-penned by Meyers and iconic Christian modern rock producer Ian Eskelin, is one of the big signs that Meyers' third album is a charm.
Give a lot of credit to the influence of collaborators such as Eskelin as well as producers Doubledutch (Josiah Bell and Robert Marvin) who bring 20-year-old Meyers out of her rocker girl persona into the dance hall with steady, deep beats. There are throw aways such as the title track that makes you think, "Didn't Superchick already record this song several times?" But there are also nice pieces of crafts-womanship such as S.O.S., a weepy lyric set to a much more anthemic score. Beautiful Tonight -- there is a rash of recycled song titles on this disc -- is another excellent piece of rock drama.
In mainstream and Christian pop, teen stars often have trouble growing up and bringing their audience along. But Make Some Noise shows Meyers maturing as an artist and creating music that can be embraced by a wider audience.
Audio Adrenaline mission project devastated: The Hatian orphanage run by Audio Adrenaline's Hands and Feet Project has taken the worst of hurricanes Fay, Gustav and tropical storm Hanna, and it has put out a desperate plea for funds to help rebuild. According to a news release, all 48 residents of the project have been regulated to living in one room while they begin rebuilding. In the video above, Audio A frontman and Owensboro native Mark Stuart describes the devastation.
SCC TV: Steven Curtis Chapman (photo, right) will appear on the CBS Early Show Wednesday morning to perform his new single, Cinderella, live for the first time. The song was inspired by Chapman's daughters, including Maria, who died in a tragic accident in late May. The Early Show airs from 7 to 9 a.m. EST. Chapman will also be on Fox & Friends Sept. 22.
Pushing Seabird: Christian artists often tout use of their music in mainstream venues such as TV shows, but this one hits fairly close to home. Rescue, by Northern Kentucky's Seabird, is being used in promotional ads for ABC's Pushing Daisies, probably the best show to be lost to the writer's strike. It returns Oct. 1.
People need more than People: I feel compelled to mention this because it happened on Christian radio, and it really disturbed me. I was listening to K-Love Saturday night, and the DJ came on and started talking about how he and his wife were out one night, and they had wanted to know more about Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. So, he said they bought the People magazine with Palin on the cover and thought it was neat that she knew she was having a baby with Downs Syndrome, but chose not to abort him, and that she apparently has a thing for shoes. Now, it is great that he wanted to learn more about a new candidate in the Presidential election. But I certainly hope that the DJ (I didn't get his name) will scratch deeper than the pages of People to get his information about Palin and all of the Presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Find out their stands on the issues, the legislation they've supported, the issues they've fought for, and don't limit your criteria to things like, you and Palin like the same shoes or the Obama girls are cute. This election is too important. People is great for what it does, celebrity lifestyle journalism, but there are plenty of places to get more in-depth information about the candidates and decisions they may make that will ultimately effect you.