There was a time when knowing the words to these songs was like knowing the password to a secret clubhouse that only you and your youth group friends knew about.
1. “If This World” – Jaci Velasquez
With its ubiquitous “na-na-na’s” and “oooooh-yeahs!,” this song about being lonely and finding identity in Christ was the perfect pop anthem for middle-school girls to practice belting in their bedrooms. When this song was released by Myrrh Records, sixteen-year-old Jaci Velasquez was the fresh-faced and gorgeous answer to secular pop icons in the same age bracket.
2. “In the Light” – dcTalk
Warning – the below video of a youth group miming “In the Light” will bring back memories:
“In the Light”, off of dcTalk’s self-titled, double platinum, 1995 album, was actually recorded originally by Charlie Peacock (Charlie Peacock, incidentally, probably wrote or co-wrote your favorite Christian song, having worked with everyone from Twila Paris to Switchfoot.) While it’s easy for preteens and teens to identify with the words (“What’s going on inside of me?”), the not-yet-familiar rasp of Toby McKeehan, soaring vocals of Kevin Max and rock-and-roll/serious soul of Michael Tait’s voice were all showcased to their fullest potential on this single.
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