State of Play #015 "Skillet Tops Modern Rock Charts in Breakthrough For Christian Music" by James Armitage on 2016-12-06 10:12:36
Christian rock band Skillet has had a very successful 2016. They released their tenth studio album, Unleashed, which debuted at number three on the Billboard Physical Albums chart, and toured this past fall across the United States with Devour the Day. Perhaps most exciting, their song "Feel Invincible" became the first Christian song to top the Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
Skillet has charted before on the Mainstream Rock Songs list, 12 times, actually, but "Feel Invincible" is their first song to make it to the very top. The band first charted with "Savior" in May 2004.
"Feel Invincible" is definitely shaping up to become one of Skillet's biggest hit. Since the premiere of the song's music video on YouTube this past June, it has amassed over 20 million views. The crowds went crazy for the track on their recent tour, which brought the band across the United States, from large cities like D.C., Chicago, and Detroit, to smaller ones such as Turtle Lake, Wis. and Stroudsburg, Pa. In December, Skillet will be heading overseas for more shows on their Unleashed Tour, visiting cities including Vienna, Budapest, and Zurich.
This impressive year has not been lost on the band. After the debut of Unleashed at number three on the Billboard Physical Albums charts, vocalist John Cooper expressed his utmost gratitude.
"I am so blown away by the loyalty of our fans once again. It is such a huge honor to keep making music that people resonate with. This week was more than we hoped for," Cooper said.
That resonance Cooper talks about is likely a big reason why Skillet continues to be so successful, ten albums into their career. By making music that is geared towards a Christian audience, the band can show their support for a demographic that might feel neglected by mainstream music in terms of message. Additionally, by creating songs that have enough crossover potential to make it onto the top of non-Christian music charts, Skillet can perhaps help convert fans to their faith in a way that they might have not anticipated. It just goes to show that a little faith can go a long way when it comes to success in the music, or for that matter, any industry. Also, it is very appropriate that Skillet named this song "Feel Invincible", because, after a very successful 2016, that's probably how they're feeling right now.
Slightly Obsessed #186: When the Path Ahead Is Fearsome
The room was dark and shadowed, the only sound within its walls the rhythmic whoosh of the ventilator beside my son’s bed. I sat on an uncomfortable chair jammed into one corner of the room. In the faint light that fell from the window across the pages of the Bible I held, I tried to corral my stampeding fears long enough to find some comfort from God’s Word. Outside the door of his room, a cacophony of voices from the nurses’ station jarred our shattered nerves.
Slightly Obsessed #185: Clean
They were just turning down the lights in the sanctuary as I awkwardly slid into a seat near the back of the church. I was tired and soiled by the previous week. Life had been especially difficult, and I had not handled the pressure well. I felt completely unhinged spiritually and wholly unworthy to be in God’s presence. The worship team began with one of my favorite songs, and I hoped I didn’t look as vulnerable as I felt.
Slightly Obsessed #184: The Mark of Maturity
The infant finishes his bottle and smiles contentedly up at his mother. A trickle of milk courses down from the corner of his mouth. It’s a sweet scene because that’s what babies do. They are born with immature digestive systems and no teeth. Mother’s milk or formula are necessary for the child to survive and thrive. As they grow, their teeth begin to come in, their digestive abilities mature, and they can tolerate solid food.
Slightly Obsessed #183: He Knows Your Name
All sheep look alike to me. Defenseless, timid, and nondescript creatures, they tend to wander and get into trouble. When one falls, it needs help to get back on its feet. Its purpose in life is mostly to eat and make more sheep. It’s easy to see why Jesus equated them to humans. A line of sheep looks like a sea of wool and blank stares, huddled in a timid group behind their leader.
Slightly Obsessed #182 "When Speaking the Truth Makes You the Enemy"
The apostle Paul loved the people of God. After his conversion to Christ, he spent his life not only establishing churches, but also ministering to their needs. He often had the unpleasant duty of confronting issues that threatened the fledgling church, and his letters to the Galatians and to the Corinthians were especially aimed at keeping the churches rooted in the faith.
Slightly Obsessed #181 "The Moment before the Moment of Revelation"
The movie Ten Commandments famously depicted the rise, fall, and restoration of the Hebrew man who would one day lead his people out of Egypt. Set afloat as a baby in a basket to escape the wrath of Egypt, Moses was found by an Egyptian princess and unwittingly restored to his family to be raised as royalty. He was a man with a foot in two worlds, and his choice to follow the faith of his birth family cost him a king’s inheritance.