In an industry such as Contemporary Christian music, creativity and mainstream appeal often get pushed aside. A completely separate sound from "popular music" is often the result of Christian artists refusing to break the mold of their musical roots, resulting in music with a positive message going unheard by the majority of the population.
Local singer Robbie Seay sets out to combine popular sound with the Christian message he feels needs to be heard on his self-titled debut album.
"I don't choose to wear the label of Christian musician," Seay said recently. "I am a musician who happens to be a Christian and uses that music to tell people about my faith."
Combining rugged, Bruce Springsteen-like vocals with a variety of soulful instrumentation, Seay succeeds in his mission to deliver a smooth, easy-to-listen-to collection of tracks on his independently-produced release.
"All I Want" starts the six-track album off right, grabbing the listener's attention with fluidly-moving percussion and tight harmonies, while "Run These Feet" is cleverly introduced by Scottish bagpipes, turning into a hard-rocking, rhythmic riff by its conclusion.
"One Faith," which displays surprising yet satisfying vocals, continues the emphasis of Seay's message throughout the album, and "The Adultery Song" tells the tale of a man struggling with the guilt of an issue that everyone, including non-Christians, can understand.
Seay tries his hand at a love ballad written for his fiancee, "To Liz." Humbled and speaking his heart, he delivers the line, "It's as if she's an angel who takes flight about my soul/Or as the singing bird awakes my smile to the world/She is the distant voice that echoes perfect melody/Liz is so much more than my wildest dreams."
"All I Can Say" summarizes the collection of tracks with a soothing blend of a quiet guitar melody and non-intimidating lyrics that leave you wanting more.
To state that Robbie Seay's debut is flawless is an overstatement, but with a decent supporting cast and a little bit of faith, he has a great shot at making major moves in the music industry.
"I guess the bulk of my audience would be, like, 18 to 30," said Seay. "But my grandma likes it, and she's 65 or something. Then again, she is my grandma."
Whether you're 18, 30 or even 65 or something, Seay has a little bit to offer to everyone and moves Contemporary Christian music one step closer to becoming mainstream.