Last night, was fantastic!
I had the privilege of taking a small group of teens and young adults to The City Harmonic. Needless to say, I was impressed!
I was familiar with the band’s music for a couple of years. However, it’s always hard to get a sense of what an artist is really like until you see them live. Regardless of being Christian artists, I have seen some bands that clearly want the show to be all about them.
The City Harmonic definitely showed a desire to give God the glory for their popularity and for the night as a whole.
I was particularly moved by a testimony given by the bass player, Eric.
Half way through the set, the music faded and the lights were brought low. The band all walked to the side of the stage and put their instruments on aside. Then Eric grabbed an acoustic guitar and made is way back to centre stage, while the rest of the band went backstage.
He made a couple of jokes about how we’re going to regret letting a bass player have centre stage. Everyone laughed. Then he told us how 2 years ago, when they had just started gaining a lot of popularity and touring; he was diagnosed with cancer.
Eric talked about the toils and pain of his treatment. He recounted the first time he came back to his apartment after being in the hospital for a length of time. Though in great pain and fatigue, the very first thing he did was pick up a guitar. Out of nowhere, he started playing old songs that he remembered, from growing up in the church.
Despite his struggle to even strum, He said that it was one of the closest moments he had ever had with God.
Out of the emotional, broken, spiritual experience came the song, “Strong” from their newest album, “Heart“. The song was actually written over Skype between the lead singer, Elias (who was still on tour) and Eric (at home recovering from treatment).
All in all, The City Harmonic lead the crowd in worship and thanksgiving. The band has experienced many highs and lows, which give them true understanding of God’s provision; and it shows! They have a couple more shows in Alberta, then they’re headed West to British Columbia. Check out their Tour page for show details.
When’s the last time you went to a concert? Did the artist take time to give background around a particular song? How did it impact your view of that song? Was it more meaningful, knowing the story behind the song?
Photo Credit: J. Norton, The City Harmonic, March 27, 2014