Release Date: November 3rd 2017
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Made For This
“…with the band and all that comes with it…this way of life isn’t for everyone, but somehow, for this time, we think we’re made for it. This song is the passionate outpouring of a deep conviction we have about this ‘thing’ we get to do. We are extremely grateful and honored. To have our song be a part of something historic like this is absolutely crazy to us. Needless to say, we, along with all of our friends, will not be skipping commercials for the next three months of our lives…” Carrollton, signed to Centricity Music in 2014, have had a wild and crazy, yet inspiring ride to their success thus far. Recently releasing their full length debut album Everything Or Nothing in October this year, on the heels of their EP’s Breathe In Deep and Sunlights and Shadows in 2014 and 2015 respecitively, as well as having the opportunity to cover Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful”; another golden opportunity to show the world their music came knocking in the form of their latest single (sadly not present on Everything Or Nothing!), titled “Made For This”. In fact, this in-your-face 3 minute guitar led rock anthem resonated so much with Centricity Music, and Centricity Publishing, that they shared it with NBCUniversal executives a while back, and the rest is history. “Made For This” is now the song to promote the 2018 Winter Olympics, shown on TV on NBC. The song will be heard on NBC advertisements and other NBC features promoting the worldwide competitive sporting spectacle. And on such a world stage, these guys should be proud of this quality song, as more and more people around the world are exposed to the music of this brilliant band.
As for the song itself, the guitars pack a punch, and so does the message, as we remember that as humans going through life, success can be linked to determination, and what we can and want to achieve all comes down to whether we believe we can conquer and adversity thrown at us, and whether we deserve to be the best and greatest. As Christians, we know that with God all things are possible, and as a Christian band, Carrollton know this also; but with no mention of God or Jesus in the song, we are met with a ‘positive mainstream song’ if you will, which points out that if we believe that we are made for doing ___ with our lives, then the determination and belief most likely will get us there. Which isn’t a bad message by any means, actually quite the opposite. It’s just that this may be the start of Carrollton breaking into the mainstream market, and sharing the love of Jesus that way. Like Switchfoot and needtobreathe, Carrollton have a perfect platform now, provided that God wants them to enter through this particular door into wherever it leads. But as a right now, I reckon the band should sit, and bask in their success right now. If God allows them to go into the mainstream, and minister to people there, things will get a lot more hectic. “Made For This” is the start of something special for the band, either way, and a song that I think you all should check out, especially if you are feeling uncertain about your future directions in life.
Carrollton’s Centricity Records’ full-length debut is something to savour, and is a great alternative if you’re looking for something with a bit more edge in your worship. And “Made For This” carries on the trend of inspiring music. With a bright future ahead of them, listening to Carrollton’s music is a must for fans of southern gospel, country, rock, and worship, or all four! There’s nothing much more to say for me to try to convince you to check out their music…so, let’s take the plunge! Are you with me?
3 songs to listen to: Made For This…until we become extremely excited for the 2018 Winter Olympics!
RIYL: Third Day, Zach Williams, Needtobreathe, Rhett Walker Band, JJ Weeks Band, Todd Agnew