Published On: Fri, Jul 12th, 2013

The success of Christian rockers Skillet makes headlines

A NY Times article thrust the spotlight on the massively popular Christian rock band Skillet, which has found success in the secular market as well.

Skillet performs live at the Cornerstone Music Fest in Bushnell, IL, on July 1, 2010. photo Dcol64

Skillet performs live at the Cornerstone Music Fest in Bushnell, IL, on July 1, 2010. photo Dcol64

The article notes that Skillet joins Black Keys and Mumford & Sons as the three bands which had an album selling over a million copies in 2012: “What makes Skillet unusual is not just that its sales numbers rival two of the biggest rock acts on the American charts, but also that this quartet is an unabashedly Christian band that has won over mainstream rock aficionados without alienating its religious fans.”

“That is a little bit of a trick,” said John Cooper, the 38-year-old frontman, bassist and songwriter. “I tend to write songs I believe in, that get my message across in the best way possible and leave it as nonthreatening as possible.”

Last week Skillet’s most recent release, “Rise,” a concept album about a teenager coming to terms with a violent world, made its debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart. And this comes after the group’s last album in 2009, “Awake,” reached No. 2.

Headlining 2012 Winter Jam, the massive Christian music tour, the band has never dipped in Christian fans.

One single from the new album, “Sick of It,” has been getting heavy airplay on mainstream rock stations and has climbed Billboard’s Active Rock airplay chart to No. 12. Another Skillet single, “American Noise,” is steadily moving up the Christian Songs chart.

“Skillet’s done a really good job of straddling that line, where they are pulling from both the Christians and the mainstream rock crowd,” said Jeff Cage, program director of the Edge, a rock radio station in Little Rock, Ark. “Skillet is not a Christian band that is overly preachy, by any means. You’d have to dig into their lyrics to even find out they are a Christian band.”

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