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Some New Tween Music To Check Out!

This review was written by my apprentice and was posted on our blog for parents:

It’s a hard life trying to be a parent, especially when mass media is introduced to your kids through their peers at school, T.V and radio. They are constantly told what to listen to because listening to what they’re told will make them cool. But what happens when the artists we deem safe for our kids (i.e Ashely Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Hillary Duff and Miley Cyrus etc) “slut-up”? We are left searching for an alternative and are often come up empty handed.

I LOVE music and I was thrilled when I came across a new band and a new artist that I want to introduce you to. The band is called Mission Six and the new artist is Luke Benward. Not only do they have positive lyrics but, musically, they are good!

Mission Six has a really cool pop/punk mood to them that your kids will love and won’t be afraid to share with their friends ( think ‘Stereos’). I almost died when I picked up their new album called Not too Young and heard their song ‘Forever’ which is based off 2 Timothy 2:22 and hear them proclaiming “before I call you mine I wanna make sure you know you’re worth the wait till we say ‘I do’”!! How much do we want our boys to have this mentality and for our girls to know that there are boys our there that think like that?! All their songs come from scripture and the really cool thing is they have a blog (http://missionsix.wordpress.com/) where they talk about the scripture they are currently reading. Right now they are going through Proverbs and I think it’s super cool that these teenage boys are not afraid to talk about something that is supposed to be ‘so boring’! Also worth mentioning: there are five boys in the band, yet they’re called Mission Six. Why? Well, according to their insert thank you’s it’s because Jesus Christ is their sixth member whom they put first. Mission Six. They make great music and they’re great examples.

If you googled Luke Benward when I first mentioned him he most likely looked familiar, right? Well that’s because he’s been in a couple kid/family movies the last couple years such as Because of Winn-Dixie, How to Eat Fried Worms, Minutemen, Dog Gone and Mostly Ghostly. Luke will probably appeal more to girls as I have no doubt that some Justin Bieber posters out there will be replaced with posters of this up-and comer! He’s got a sweet pop vibe to him and his boyish voice adds to his charm.

He sings about how parents are Every Day Heros and also does a pretty stellar cover of Steve Winwood’s Higher Love. Like Mission Six he’s all about Shine-ing no matter what other people think of you!

You can find videos of both Mission Six and Luke Benward on YouTube and they both have official websites:

This review was written by Christen St J

8 Responses to “Some New Tween Music To Check Out!”

  1. Theresa Haskins April 2, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can't wait to get this!

  2. Joy Bowen April 3, 2010 at 12:11 am #

    So funny that you posted this today — I just discovered http://www.iShineLive.com this week. There are concert tour dates posted on the website. My 10 yr old boy had enjoyed the online "radio" (although he is catching on that it just repeats over and over….) Bottom line, according to my son…he gives it "2 thumbs up"!

    • Henry Zonio April 3, 2010 at 1:51 am #

      So did mine :) Been getting thumbs up from all the kids that I introduce the groups to.

  3. Peter Bierma April 3, 2010 at 5:50 am #

    Awesome, thanks for passing this on! Can't wait to check it out. Not being a parent yet, I'm slowly trying to get in the groove of the "what's appropriate" conversation… cheers!

    • Henry Zonio April 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

      You're welcome. Before becoming a parent, I made sure to talk with parents A LOT and find out where they were. I also read a lot when it came to parenting and such.

  4. Anthony Prince April 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    I dig what you're saying… I'll try to throw a couple tracks into our large group mix.
    However, until something hits major radio play, my kids have a hard time engaging it as relevant.

    Reminds me time and time again that what happens at home (or in the car) has such a heavy impact on what happens at church.

    • Henry Zonio April 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

      That's what we usually do. When we find good stuff, we mix into the background music we play before and after stuff. The kids like it, and we point out what it is. We also make sure parents know about new music so that when their kids tell them about it or want to buy it, they know.

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