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The Crossover Connection Week 8: The Cyndi Lauper of Christian Music

As a teenager in the 1980’s, music exploded in popularity with the creation of MTV. I remember rushing home from school so I could run over to a friends house who just got Cable Television. As music videos began, this gave fans a way to get to know their favorite artists with shows like Behind the Music. While the eighties is littered with bizarre music, several musicians just wanted to have fun singing like Cyndi Lauper.

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. 16 Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts, Colossians 3:15-16.

While attending the University of Delaware, I started listening to a local Christian radio station. On a ride home the song What Would Jesus Do began playing. My immediate response was “that sounds like Cyndi Lauper.” This is how I was introduced to Julie Miller who has a distinct voice, an incredible testimony and gives off the vibe that girls still wanna have fun. Although I couldn’t find a greatest hits You Tube, Julie’s debut album and songs from other albums like “Don’t Let the Devil Ride” should suffice for fans of Cyndi Lauper.

by Jay Mankus


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