Guest post by Allen Weed, President of interlinc
Ever had a dream you’ve prayed about for a year or two … or more?
Let me share one that I have had for over 30 years. Wouldn’t it be cool if a believer had a #1 song on mainstream radio and we could work together to use that platform to tell kids (who all know the song and the artist) about a relationship with Christ?
Through an amazing set of “only God” circumstances, we are seeing that dream become a reality. It all started for us almost 4 years ago when a youth worker friend asked me, “Have you ever heard of a band called Owl City? My daughter loves their music and says that the band leader is a strong Christian. His music is blowing up on MySpace”.
I was unaware of Adam Young and Owl City, but walked down the hall to ask some of our youth culture experts. My search went no further than my first office drop in. “Absolutely. Adam is a believer and has written some songs with Relient K’s frontman Matt Thiessen.” A couple of calls later, I was connected with Owl City’s manager in New York City. That began an amazing journey for me and for our interlinc staff. Owl City’s first album became an overnight success and what Rolling Stone Magazine called “the sleeper hit of 2010”.
Fast forward to 2012
After the amazing success of “Fireflies” and a tepid response to Adam’s second album, we as a staff had begun to ask the Lord to give Adam another pop hit. After the record was complete, management and record label started asking THE big question, “What song has the best potential to be a hit on pop radio?” As always it was back and forth and back and forth. All involved felt that the strongest option was the song “Shooting Star” and promptly sent it out to the radio stations seeking airplay. All the while, another unusually impossible idea was bubbling up.
In late 2011 when Adam co-wrote “Good Time” he had the idea that it should be a duet. His manager who is a friend of Carly Rae Jepsen’s manager suggested her involvement. This all happened just as her song “Call Me Maybe” was hitting the pop charts. So many more special details took place leading to the final result of “Good Time” became Owl City’s first single and Carly Rae’s followup single after her huge hit. This type of thing almost never happens in pop music.
We asked Adam and his manager if they would be down to do a GOOD TIME Event that youth workers could use to open doors to share the Good News with students. They said yes and Adam (while he was in London on tour) did four short videos to give a personal touch to this resource.
Please don’t miss this opportunity
So, there you have it! God has done some amazing things to bring us to this point. I just received a note this morning that the Owl City project is now the #1 album on iTunes and already over 1 million people have downloaded the “Good Times” single.
Our pastor said something once, when teaching about the story of Zacchaeus, that has stuck with me: “The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity.”
Every student in your group, every student in the middle schools and high schools that are in your city, almost every student in the entire US …. knows the song “Good Time”, knows Owl City (and Carly Rae Jepsen). Use the “Good Time” Event in your ministry as you head into the fall. Ken McCoy (who has been a partner with me in this dream for over 20 years) has developed an amazing set of “the work’s all done” resources for you to seize this incredible opportunity.
Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you use “Good Time” to help kids know that there really is only one way to really have a long-term satisfying Good Time: through a relationship with Jesus Christ.