You won’t believe what’s the biggest selling digital single in Christian music history?
If you’re thinking a song from Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, MercyMe, tobyMac, or Steven Curtis Chapman… you’re “way off”! So what is it?
That’s Monster from the American band Skillet. (Well, the remix anyway!*)
The Record Industry Association of America has recognized the song as the biggest digital single in Christian music history with more than 2.6 million sales.
Six years after its initial release from the album Awake, Billboard reports that Monster was the #1 Christian, and #8 Rock “streaming song” of the past year.
Lead singer John Cooper says this year marks the band’s 20th anniversary – an achievement few bands ever attain.
The release of a new album by The Union of Sinners and Saints has got me thinking about an interesting phenomenon in the music world – supergroups.
For those who don’t know, supergroups are bands that consist of members gathered from other bands or solo acts that have had significant success.
A mainstream example is Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
In Christian music history there’s been a few…:
- Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil,
- Chagall Guevara,
- The Lost Dogs with members of Daniel Amos, The 77s, and The Choir
- The Swirling Eddies
- Keaggy, King and Dente,
- The Rocketown Writers with Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Phil Madeira and Billy Sprague,
- One Sonic Society, and
- the only female supergroup – Ashton, Becker, and Dente.
But back to The Union of Sinners and Saints – the latest supergroup.
This is a new band that features:
- John Schlitt – a former lead singer of Petra,
- Billy Smiley – the guitarist and founding member of Whiteheart,
- John Ellis – the lead singer from Tree 63, and a new artist
- Jason Fowler.
Between them, members have sold more than 12 million records, gained more than 25 #1 hits, and secured more than 15 Grammy and 40 Dove nominations and awards.
Together, they’re best known for the songs Beyond Belief, The Coloring Song, The River Will Flow, Howe Many Times, Treasure, and I Stand For You.
No word on Australian tour yet, but that might be possible next year when the group’s tour of the US finishes!
Time for a quick update on Australia’s only Christian music festival – Forest Edge – to be held just outside of Melbourne March 12-14.
Festival Director Lloyd McLean is promising patrons plenty of highlights.
More details on the festival at: forestedge.org.au.