Mike Stand, Jeff Crandall, Steve Pannier, and Ric Alba weren’t merely teenage boys who served as altar boys at their local Catholic Church. Rather Mike was the lead vocalist, songwriter, and played guitar for one of the most Christian popular punk rock group of all time. When Mike and Ric left the Altar Boys to start their own solo careers, I supported both of them by buying their albums.
My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises to You, and my inner being, which You have redeemed, Psalm 71:23.
The rise of the Altar Boys’ coincided with my time as a college student at the University of the Delaware. I tried to purchase any new album as soon as they became available in stores. One of my favorite Altar Boys albums is Gut Level Music where today’s song is found. Life Begins at the Cross combines a great sound with powerful lyrics. I hope you enjoy this classic song.
by Jay Mankus