Artist Spotlight: Redline
By Anthony M. Corliss-Smith
Cincinnati’s Redline has some extraordinary music. Guitarist Kenny, Drummer Davey, Bassist Jason, and Rhythm Guitarist JR all provide music that will put you at ease, provoke thought, push you past your comfort zone, and remind you of God. The focal point of the band, I believe, is Vocalist and Pianist Jessica. Her piano is angelic, and her vocals powerful and heart-felt. She truly is amazing.
“Let the bitter cup pass from your lips / submerge the shame beneath the deepest sea / bow to my love change your desire / a passion you have found in me.” The chorus of Bitter Cup. Too often we forget the truth of I Peter 5:7…”Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (NIV) God is there for us. He is willing and able (and wanting) for us to come to Him with all of our troubles, issues, and problems, and to let Him take them from us and to replace them with His peace: “which transcends all understanding, [and] will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7 NIV) That is a lesson I myself am having a hard time with.
And, no matter how messy life gets, no matter how sharp the rocks below you are when you fall…God is there to catch you, and has an amazing promise for you: one day you will see the gates of heaven…and be able to enter in. “If you could only see what I made you to be / I would believe that you could give me / all your shattered dreams / and let me mend the broken pieces / let me fix what you don’t understand / let me guide you…across the raging see to a land where you’ll be free.” God is calling out to you – every day, every hour, and every moment. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:1-3, NIV) You’ve already died to sin: what can touch you? You’re just waiting for God to call you home, and you just need to pursue Him in the meantime! What a great promise.
All-in-all, Redline’s sound is haunting, echoing, and lasting. You’ll be hearing and feeling it long after you turn the stereo off. And, when the message is God’s love and willingness to give you all that you could ever need or want, that’s a good thing to have run through your head.