After spending most of 2022 writing daily music blog posts entitled Sing A New Song, I’ll be transitioning to the Cross Over Connection in 2023. To celebrate the beginning of my 11th year as a blogger, I will be providing weekly blogs each Saturday of Christian artists who sound similar to classic secular artists. Rather than scratch the surface of 365 different musicians, I want to dig deeper by giving readers the greatest hits of one group to listen to for an entire week. While Pat Benatar appeared as the lead singer for Shadow Wings, there is a modern Christian group which combines biblical lyrics with Benatar’s style.
John answered them all by saying, I baptize you with water; but He Who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of Whose sandals I am not fit to unfasten. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 His winnowing shovel (fork) is in His hand to thoroughly clear and cleanse His [threshing] floor and to gather the wheat and store it in His granary, but the chaff He will burn with fire that cannot be extinguished, Luke 3:16-17.
My goal isn’t to focus on well-known Christian artists. Instead, I want to honor bands and musicians who travel across the country without much fanfare to fulfill God’s will for their lives. The Crossover Connection for Week 1 is Fireflight: the Pat Benatar of Christian music. While visiting Joe’s Bar and Grill in New Ellington, South Carolina, the first singer on Karaoke Night selected “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” The purpose of any crossover list is to distinguish which genres of music that you prefer. Like the words of Pat’s song, my opening shot for week 1 is Fireflight with hit songs like Core of My Addiction and For Those Who Wait.
by Jay Mankus