Contemporary Christian music lovers from across the region flocked to
the campus of Bluefield College, Thursday, March 15 for a concert with
rising new bands Solomon’s Wish and The Elms. Those who came enjoyed the
sounds of contemporary rock, mixed with “a message for the soul.”
Solomon’s Wish, a trio of contemporary Christian artists, who take the
inspirations of their soul and verbalize them through music, opened the
nearly three-hour Bluefield College show. The group, touted as one of the
most sought-after acts in the contemporary Christian music industry, offered
fresh and vibrant songs about a personal, genuine relationship with God.
The band sang selections from their debut album with Pamplin Records, “A
Wise Man’s Tragedy,” including the hits “Learning to Fly” and “Grand
Scheme,” which at the time of their release made way onto contemporary
Christian music’s top twenty chart. They also sang selections from a new CD,
scheduled for release later this year, which also offers a blend of
acoustic, percussive pop sound and swirling, layered vocals to bring out
honest confessions and upbeat, positive declarations of faith.
The BC stop for Solomon’s Wish was one of many during 2001. Other recent
stops include concerts at Campus Crusades, The Crystal Cathedral, and the
Gospel Music Association Week. At each show, they say, their purpose is to
challenge listeners to take to heart the message behind their music.
“Our music ministry is designed to challenge people to look at their own
faith and relationship with God, to bring them closer to God than they’ve
ever been before,” the trio said. “We want to challenge people to stop
taking everyone else’s word for what God is like, and who He is, and instead
spend time getting to know Him themselves.”
Performing with Solomon’s Wish at Bluefield College was the young,
upstart band The Elms, promoting their soon-to-be released, full-length
album, “The Surprise,” a first with Sparrow Records. In addition to singles
from the new album, The Elms sang hits from their debut CD, including the
tune “Lifeboat,” which rose as high as 11 on the contemporary Christian
The Elms have performed nationally with the likes of O.C. Supertones,
Big Tent Revival, Audio Adrenaline, Bleach, Newsboys, Jars of Clay,
Delirious, The Waiting, Sixpence None the Richer, All Star United, and
Plumb. They were the only Christian band to be named a National Finalist in
the National Association of College Activities Showcase 2000.
The Bluefield College concert was just one in a series of several this
year in a contemporary Christian concert series. Dove Award-winning
contemporary Christian artist Mark Schultz will perform live in concert on
the BC campus on Monday, April 2. For more information about the Schultz
show, please call the BC Office of Public Relations at 540-326-4212.
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