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Dreamers [edit]
by Shine Bright Baby | Genre: Pop/Rock | Release Date: July 23, 2013
 

As the songs for Shine Bright Baby's national debut on BEC Recordings started shaping up, so did the group's vision of naming the disc Dreamers, which simultaneously applies to having God redirecting their dreams towards full-time music ministry, while also serving as a means of encouragement for anyone in the process of pursuing their passion. "You can't put a limit on what a dream is and you can't put it in a box," reflects Joshua. "Dreams can be so creative and so vast that's there's often times so much room for growth and expansion. We wanted to release a record that would empower our fans and inspire them to follow their God given dreams and pursue God and His plan for their lives."

In addition to the title track's uplifting energy and contagious chorus, other highlights include the redemptive confection "Beautiful Love" and one of the band's personal favorites "Made To Glow," about letting God's love shine in everyone's daily actions. On¬ a more reflective note, the piano/acoustic ballad "Love Restores" was written in the wake of a highly publicized school shooting near the band's hometown, which proposes how the Lord's love can renew even the most broken circumstances. The group also shows its more aggressive side on "The Brave Ones," a guitar-charged anthem centered on living a bold life of faith with a little help from Disciple front man Kevin Young.

"A lot of songs today have so many negative undertones, and rather than writing a bunch of songs that wallow in struggles and hurt, we want to have these songs be lights to shine in the darkness," notes Emily, the group's primary lyricist. "The purpose of this album is to help other people with a message of God's forgiveness and redemption that they'll hopefully find optimistic, inspiring, and relatable."

Listeners can have a chance to weigh in personally with Shine Bright Baby as the band embarks on an extensive tour in support of the refreshingly diverse Dreamers. Thus far the calendar includes an extensive Acquire The Fire Tour with power poppers Everyday Sunday, followed by a full summer of festivals and an even more extensive fall outing sure to cement the band as an equally formidable force on the stage as they are in the studio.

"We're all young, we love to have fun and we like the crowd to have a good time right along with us," notices Nathan before Karl interjects. "We're really passionate about what we do, which sometimes finds us jumping around on stage and sometimes settling into a worship set since we always want to give credit where it's due. You can expect a really tight, interactive show that you can walk away from ready to take on the world and follow your dreams."

Track Listing
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01. Made to Glow
02. Overcome
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03. Beautiful Love
04. Love Restores
05. The Difference
06. Lumineux
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07. Beautiful To You
08. The Brave Ones (feat. Kevin Young of Disciple)
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09. Never Too Far
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10. Dreamers

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Dreamers is "Made to Glow" | Posted July 22, 2013
When I heard Shine Bright Baby perform for the first time at Creation Northwest, I immediately noticed their energy. Everyone was all over the stage; guitarist Josh Fink gave some of the best facial expressions in rock music, and lead singer Emily Irene belted out notes much larger than her tiny stature.
 
I also noticed the band's heart and passion for ministry. It's not every day you see a lead singer picking up garbage after their set. I knew there was something different about this group. 
 
As far as the band's sound, they were a middling to above-average girl-fronted rock band. The Paramore comparisons abounded, and at the time were probably well founded, much to the group's chagrin.
 
But that was several years ago now, and since then, Shine Bright Baby has been signed to BEC Records, narrowed more than 80 new songs down to 10 for their national debut record, Dreamers.
 
The album is chock-full of lyrics and themes that don't just speak to the band's audience; they speak of the band's testimony. Making the album was a lesson in patience and submission (as you'll read in my interview with the band), so when the band talks about overcoming, dreaming and being bold for God, they mean it—because they're living it. But it's not just about their story; it's about our shared stories.
 
There are many "we" statements in the album, primarily connected to themes of identity or calls to action:
"We were made to glow / Illuminate the hope / The light burning inside us / It's so contagious." —"Made to Glow"
"We may never be strong enough / our God, our God is always enough." —"Overcome"
"We've been given a chance to live forgiven / We are the children after God's own heart / He wants to use us, so through out your excuses." —"The Difference"
"We are the brave ones, waiting til the rain comes." —"Brave Ones"
"We are all dreamers / Hoping for things that we can't see / Sooner or later we're gonna see the unseen." —"Dreamers"
 
There also are lots of more personal "you" statements, too, seeking to encourage the downtrodden:
"These struggles make you stronger / Stand tall when you're back's against the wall." —"Overcome"
"You've been hurting / you're about to reach the end / Don't give up now, there is hope for you." —"Love Restores"
"Your mistakes washed away / Just like a flood / all the weight of your shame forgotten." —"Never Too Far"
 
And Emily self references herself with lots of "I" statements, which illustrate her relationship with or revelation of God:
"You're taking me as I am / It's a beautiful love." —"Beautiful Love"
"You're like a theory that I can't explain / I kinda like that I feel this way." —"Lumineux"
"Cause I'm a work of art in your eyes / And there's nothing that I need to hide / No matter what I go through / I'm beautiful to you." —"Beautiful to You"
 
So the message of this album really is this: If God loves me, and He does, then He loves and forgives you, so you can live a pretty fantastic, adventurous life for Him and share it with others. That's some good news right there. And it's painted with a vast palette of musical colors.
 
Musically, the album does what many debut albums do, taking listeners on a sonic tour of the band's capabilities. And it's impressive how many different sounds the band can pull off well. Long gone are the Paramore comparisons—and that's a compliment.

Emily is a vocal chameleon of sorts. She can change the intensity and delivery of her voice, depending on what the song requires. There's a tenderness and sweetness in the ballads, yet an urgency and edge in the harder songs. There's also a playfulness in the more danceable numbers. It's a rare quality, and it proves why this band got picked up by BEC. 
 
The synth-programmed pop songs like "Overcome" and "Lumineux" will get you dancing (the latter reminds me of the band Worth Dying For). The dance club beats are complimented nicely by the traditional rock sounds of the band. Synths also complement "Made to Glow," the opening track that immediately announced the band's departure from being a standard rock band.
 
The band knows how to deliver a power ballad, too, from the identity-shaping "Beautiful to You" to the "all things new" message of "Love Restores" to the grace-filled theme of "Never Too Far." In these songs, Emily's voice is able to really shine technically. A high point vocally is the chorus of "Beautiful To You." 
 
The alternative rock roots of this band still exist, though, and are back and better than ever, with "The Brave Ones" being an album highlight. It rocks the hardest, and it doesn't hurt that one of Christian rock's foremost voices, Kevin Young of Disciple, makes an appearance. 
 
Shine Bright Baby's lead single, "Beautiful Love," isn't the best representation of all that the band can do, musically, so if that's all you know of the band, dig deeper. "Beautiful Love" is a happy-go-lucky, straight-up pop song about "the same God who paints the clouds is the one who turned my life around." It somewhat resembles a Superchick song, for all the right reasons.
 
Probably my favorite song on the album is the final song, title track "Dreamers." Starting with a synth-driven riff, you can immediately sense the epicness of this song, which is fully realized in the big chorus. It's the kind of song that leaves you wanting more when all is said and done. It, like "Made to Glow" before it, fantastically merges the electronic and rock elements to produce a delectable, cinematic pop tune.
 
Closing Thoughts:
Shine Bright Baby has taken a significant step forward as a band since their indie rock days, becoming a multifaceted musical force to be reckoned with. Dreamers has both the musical chops and the encouraging message to be one of the summer's best albums, if not one of the year's best. 

Dreamers is a high-energy tour of the band's personal testimony and musical abilities, and it's clear that there's much to love here. Beautifully blending powerful vocals, stalwart instrumentals and innovative electronic elements, Shine Bright Baby delivers some really good news in a really good way.
 
Put this one on repeat. If there's one complaint I have about this album, it's that it's too short. So I guess I'll have to start over and listen through again!
 
Song to Download Now:
"Dreamers" (Get it on iTunes here.)


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Dreamers | Posted July 28, 2013
 Stop looking. Indie rock pop electronica has finally creative believers in its corners. This group clearly loves God and creativity and has the talent to tie it all up and put a burning bow on it. Their ambition is matched by their passion and these songs are apt testaments. Let them preach and encourage and worship you closer to the one true God. Get on board. This train doesn't even need a railroad. It's going somewhere new. Somewhere true. "Open your tired eyes" and let them lead you.

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Good Worship | Posted July 24, 2013
Listened to the album preview and thought it was decent worship. Not a band that stands out as the next big thing or a band that is bringing some fresh take to music or worship. Not that they need too be original but just my thoughts. Good cover artwork! I would recomment them if you want easy listening worship.

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An Okay Debut | Posted July 22, 2013
 Dreamers is an album that features a band that is figuring out who they want to be.  When I first heard of Shine Bright Baby, the songs I heard were fun rock ones that I wanted to hear more of.  While there are a few rock songs present here (most notably "The Brave Ones" which is probably the heaviest sounding song on the album,) most of the tracks are basic pop rock songs.  While that sound may be fine with most people, for me personally, I wanted to hear more of the heavy rock stuff that I heard when I discovered this band.  

Dreamers is an okay debut for Shine Bright Baby. It has Christ-centered lyrics and a sense of hard effort put into it, but it suffers a bit from dual identity. One side wants to be a pop-y kind of band while the other side wants to be a more rock-heavy band. I prefer the latter, but there was enough stuff in this album to keep me interested throughout it's rather short length.


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Who Loves Ya Baby | Posted July 19, 2013
Shine Bright Baby, the best thing out of Orville, Ohio since Smuckers, is just one more example of why Brandon Ebel is the King Midas of the Christian Music industry. We have infectious pop tunes, a danceable album, and word centric tunes. And plenty of synthesizers. The only drawback is it's only a half hour in length. Still, the album has been on repeat since it premiered.

Among my favorites are the two ballads that highlite lead singer Emily Irene's voice. The Haunting Love Restores and Beautiful To You. This album is a work of art in more than the eyes of God. Best new artist, best rock album (might be tough to dethrone Skillet). Either way this is a much welcome entry in a Christian Music field that gets plagued with sameness.


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nice! | Posted July 17, 2013

I love your stuff! You should really check these guys out! They are great! Listen to their stuff! They love Jesus and that is the most important thing! Take a listen to this stuff and buy and comment and share and like and everything!!!



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Hit the Mark | Posted July 17, 2013
I've seem to be more critical when it comes to bands that have a woman as a lead singer, so when i began listening to this band, i was skeptical at first, but wow, they completely hit the mark. The album kind of hits as sorts of genres of music. I really enjoyed it. A new favorite for me.


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Dreamers | Posted July 16, 2013
This release by Shine Bright Baby have everything to be an amazing release. It has deeply refreshing songs that will make you sing, dance and adore Him. Let's wait for July 23 to enjoy this album. God has wonderful plans to these guys.



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Good, but not as raw as earlier material | Posted July 16, 2013
Shine Bright Baby's debut release, Dreamers, is good and "Beautiful Love" should go far. But for me, I was hoping they were going to stick closer to their roots an lean towards Skllet, The Letter Black, and Fireflight stylewise.
 

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