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LYA is Changing the Face of Christian Music


There’s a new band on the Christian alternative scene, and LYA is its name.

As a self-proclaimed “church brat” and former CCM Magazine subscriber, I’ve been having the hardest time coming to terms with the fact that I can no longer pop on my local Christian radio station and hear anything new. By now, we’ve become familiar with the “Christian chords” we hear in every song, and we are used to the same themes and same couple of voices singing every song. We’ve even had to get used to hearing one song from the current year every hour, interspersed with songs we used to love when we were kids…20 years ago.

Taking all of that into account, imagine my delight when I heard LYA’s single “Feelin’” at a youth and young adults conference I attended earlier this summer. The sound automatically reminded me of a faster tempo Coldplay song, and I could easily see myself jamming the song in my car, working out, or just sitting at my desk tapping my foot.

“Feelin’” addresses the emotion of what it’s like to know Jesus…and not just attend church, I mean really know Jesus. It’s the feeling of knowing that there is Someone out there watching you and keeping you safe, but it’s not an authority figure in the same way we think of it: it’s just a really good friend. That kind of love can be confusing for some who are used to people wanting something from them. But as the song says, “I know this is real/Cause it’s all I feel…”: That kind of love is so overwhelming because it’s the realest kind of love there is.

One of the “catchiest” things about LYA is its appeal to milennials. For years and years, the people writing and singing have been out of our age group, married with children. It felt good to see someone who looked like someone I would want to hang out with singing a song about Jesus. We don’t get to see that very often anymore – the diversity just isn’t there. If it was at all difficult for you to be in your age group and represent Jesus unashamedly, watching and listening to LYA should give you a bit more courage.

LYA is comprised of Jonathan and Alexandra Osteen, Louie Garcia, and Abel Orta, all of whom are musicians at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. The song debuted on Joel Osteen’s Sirius Channel and is available for download on iTunes.

If you’ve been jonesing for some more good Christian music, this is your best bet this year.

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Hope Carter
Hailing from "Screwston," Texas, Hope has been immersed in music since birth, first being exposed to Motown by her parents, then discovering her love for all genres as she trained as a dancer. Her unique set of life experiences growing up in Houston's Historic Third Ward as a lower middle class child, attending schools in more affluent neighborhoods, all the while attending an international church in which she was very involved, created her open-minded approach to music and art. Hope is very socially conscious, and prefers to take songs as a whole - both lyrically and sonically - before making her final judgment on their quality. As a dancer, she is inclined to be interested to anything she can move to, but her Dirty South roots give her room to appreciate a more laidback, chill (screwed) vibe. Her taste in music continues to change as she discovers new artists and as genres evolve.