Release Date: May 12th 2023
Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre
- You Shine
The Young Escape have had a choppy music career of sorts. Since signing to Capitol CMG in 2017 and releasing their chart-topping radio single “Good Life”, we assumed that there would be a full-length album releasing at some point. Singles like “Neverfade”, “Love Me Like You”, “So Alive”, “Count on Me”, “It’s Gonna Get Better” [not reviewed!], and “Broken Is Beautiful” all followed on from “Good Life”, and while no full-length album surfaced from all these years, the band nevertheless still put on a high-energy show (from all the hand-held camera clips I’ve seen on youtube), and their music has always had a sense of urgency and purpose. Mckenna, Ryan, Krysten and Luke Johns make up this all-sibling band, and quite possibly one of the most up-and-coming and breakout CCM bands I’ve heard, even though their debut single released 5 years ago. I’m still hoping and praying for a debut full-length album whenever it comes, but as of right now, I need to take what I can get. In 2022, the group released their BEC Recordings debut single “Turning My Heart”, a tribute and homage to CCM music in the same way Lauren Alaina’s “Ladies In The 90’s” was to female 90’s music, and Thomas Rhett’s “What’s Your Country Song” was to country music. Earlier this year, the group dropped their second single from BEC Recordings- a confessional and worshipful piano ballad called “Worship You There”, but now, the band is back with “You Shine”, a melody that worships Jesus because of who He is.
As far as melodies go, the song itself doesn’t really invent the wheel. There’s other pop/CCM artists out there that are continually putting out great music, artists like Francesca Battistelli, TobyMac, Building 429, Mike Donehey, Natalie Grant, Jordan Feliz, for KING & COUNTRY and MercyMe. While I’d love to place this sibling band in this list, I’d have to say that the band themselves haven’t released enough music material to even have that conversation. Or maybe they have- because they may have enough songs already released to cobble together a debut album. The band has always shown glimpses of brilliance with every single release they’ve unveiled, but without a full-length album yet, unfortunately they’ll forever be remembered as ‘the single band’…which at times, I’ve found myself calling them, as well. Not by intention of course. But to be honest, I kinda forgot that The Young Escape were even a band, until their 2021 release of “Count on Me”. Now here we are in 2023, and the Johns siblings are at it again- another single. While I’m really, really hoping that they would make an album at some point, I’m just happy that they’re still making music. The song itself speaks volumes about how we should worship God all the time, and that Jesus makes everything brighter and that even in the darkest places, He still shines, and He is still moving.
Similar in theme Matt Redman’s “Shine”; The Young Escape provides to us hope, inspiration, poignancy, passion, intent, and an extremely catchy melody. It’s a song full of adoring God and praising Him because of the joy and peace we have in our lives, and giving Him the glory and honour He most thoroughly deserves. “You Shine” might be uncomfortable for some to listen to and digest especially if you have been hurt by the church. But there’s nothing much more that I can say about this track, or any of their other singles. Except you need to hear these songs now- this song as well as it will challenge you and deepen your faith. The perfect tracks to get you dancing (with also a positive message!), and think about the deeper things in life, The Young Escape are a band that I expect to hear more from in the coming months and years. So, what are you waiting for? Check out the band and let me know what you think of this new reflective piano ballad! Well done McKenna and the rest of the band- maybe a full-length album in the future? Who knows?
We’re thrilled to announce our upcoming RADIO SINGLE, “You Shine” impacting radio on May 5th and releasing everywhere you listen to music on May 12th! This song is extremely special to us. We pray it speaks light over any darkness in the lives of those who hear it!
It would mean the world to us if you would take a moment to PRE-SAVE this song from the link in our profile. We couldn’t do this without our TYE community. You guys have been with us since day one as a huge source of encouragement, joy and support in our lives. Words couldn’t thank you enough! We love you all.
To all of our radio friends (you know who you are), we’re SO incredibly thankful for your ongoing support and friendship over the years. Your ministry changes lives, and we know this because we’ve experienced it firsthand. Thank you for doing what you do, we know it’s not always easy
Shoutout to our AMAZING team at @becradio @hauserpromo @mattingle24 @whizbangsync @becrecordings @jratouring, so much love to you all. We’re grateful to be surrounded by the BEST of the best, and those who care about our hearts even more than they do our craft. We’re filled with joy and gratitude for this new season of TYE. —McKenna, Ryan, Kyrsten & Luke
RIYL: Britt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Hillsong Y&F, for KING & COUNTRY, Riley Clemmons, Cimorelli