The Afters, “Light Up The Sky”

Dove Award-winning Contemporary Christian pop-rock group The Afters has finally released plans for a new CD to follow its acclaimed major-label sophomore album, Never Going Back to OK. If you recall, Never Going Back to OK was a huge hit for the band; the title track was the #1 most-played track at Christian CHR radio for 2008, and the album peaked at #1 on the Christian Music chart. It also peaked at #41 on the Billboard 200, effectively kicking the boys out of Heatseeker status and establishing them as an act to follow on the Contemporary Christian music scene. Ocean Wide was one of my favorite tracks last year.

On September 14, The Afters will release their third major-label CD, Light Up the Sky. The title track has been serviced to Soft AC/Inspo and Christian AC radio, where it is one of the fastest growing tracks in terms of airplay and radio adds (fourth highest overall). Lead vocalist Joshua Havens says in a video here that Light Up the Sky is about how God is always there when you need Him most like the pillar of fire guiding the Israelites in the desert in the time of Moses; the music video, helmed by Alex Welgraven of Economy of Mercy Films, underscores that message with many faces of regular people who continue to wait on God for miracles. Light Up the Sky is pretty good, with a solid chorus hook and The Afters’ trademark driving guitars and passionate vocal. I predict a Top 10 finish for Light Up the Sky, although a #1 right now would be tough given the competition that’s out there right now (including new singles from Jeremy Camp, Nichole Nordeman, and Sanctus Real).

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LIGHT UP THE SKY Lyrics
The Afters

When I’m feeling all alone and so far to go
The signs are nowhere on this road guiding me home
When the night is closing in
It’s falling on my skin
Oh God will You come close

Light, light, light up the sky
Light up the sky to show me You are with me
I, I, I can’t deny
Oh I can’t deny that You are right here with me
You’ve opened my eyes so I can see You all around me
Light, light, light up the sky
Light up the sky to show me You are with me

When stars are hiding in the clouds
I don’t feel them shining
When I can’t see beyond my doubt
The silver lining
When I’ve almost reached the end
Like a flood You’re rushing in
Love is rushing in

Light, light, light up the sky
Light up the sky to show me You are with me
I, I, I can’t deny
Oh I can’t deny that You are right here with me
You’ve opened my eyes so I can see You all around me
Light, light, light up the sky
Light up the sky to show me You are with me

So I run straight to Your arms
You’re the bright and morning Sun
To show Your love, there’s nothing You won’t do

Light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me You are with me
I, I, I can’t deny
Oh I can’t deny that You are right here with me
You’ve opened my eyes so I can see You all around me
Light, light, light up the sky
Light up the sky to show me You are with me

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You are with me
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You are with me
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
 

Author: Ganns

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