Spotlight

I’ve had the next band in mind for our spotlight for quite a while.  They’ve not been around for a long time, and front man, lead singer Darren Mulligan has a distinctive voice, one I wasn’t sure whether upon first hearing the band We are Messengers, if I liked them or not.

I’m sure glad I gave them another chance, because I really like their music and I appreciate Darren’s openness and testimony, which is interwoven throughout the songs they perform… I liked their first hit Magnify, when I first heard it, but it really grew on me from the 2nd time hearing it.

The band formed in 2015 in  Monaghan, Ireland.  Their first album We Are Messengers was released in 2016, and were nominated for the GMA Dove Award the same year for New Band of the Year.

The success of the band didn’t come easy, and for Darren, his previous life was one without God.  Chasing the life of a rock musician took him from his home town and then girlfriend to America where he realized he was chasing an empty life.  Since finding the Lord, along with his music, Darren is not shy about sharing his life, warts and all, and realizing that the only thing that saved his life is the One who died for him.

The band’s music, like much of the music I love listening to these days is a testimony of new life in Christ, but also the messes and reality  of life that makes these songs genuine stories from the heart.

This next song has quickly become my favorite, although I love a few of their songs. Something about Maybe It’s OK just speaks so much to me.  I’m thinking it’s kind of like in this interview, which I encourage folks to watch.  He describes the song- again, it’s his life, and expression of all that God has done for him, even when he was, as he descibes himself before Christ, as a “bad, bad man”… reminds me a bit of the alabaster box  which I’ve talked about a few times here at the HB.

That the Lord takes every mess, every sin, every lousy thing and makes something beautiful out of it. And when we release it to Him, that’s when that box is broken, light and life flood in, as the aroma going to Him is something He loves.

It’s a message that all of us can identify with, and find comfort in.

If I didn’t know what it hurt like to be broken
Then how would I know what it feels like to be whole
If I didn’t know what it cost like to be rejected
Then I wouldn’t know that Your love coming home

Maybe it’s ok if I’m not ok
‘Cause the One who holds the world is holding onto me
Maybe it’s all right if I’m not all right
‘Cause the One who holds the stars is holding my whole life

If I didn’t know what it look like to be dirty
Then I wouldn’t know what it feels like to be clean
And if all of my shame hadn’t drove me to hide in the shadows
Then I wouldn’t know the beauty of being free

Maybe it’s ok if I’m not ok
‘Cause the One who holds the world is holding onto me
Maybe it’s all right if I’m not all right
‘Cause the One who holds the stars is holding my whole life

Father, let Your kingdom come, let Your will be done
Here in my heart as in Heaven
Father, let Your kingdom come, let Your will be done
Here in my heart as in Heaven


If you’ve never really heard or paid attention to their music, you just might want to give We Are Messengers a good listen.  I hope you find some new favorites and share them here.  Have a blessed Sunday all.

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